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Sovereign by C.J. Sansom
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Mar 20, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, historical, mystery, tudor-england, ma
Read in March, 2009

Loved it! So I jumped right into the third book in the Matthew Shardlake series. This one is a “political thriller” and is set in the autumn of 1541 and takes place amidst Henry VIII’s Progress to the North of England. This was a state visit in which Henry formally accepted surrender from those who had rebelled against the Crown during the Pilgrimage of Grace. He was accompanied by Catherine Howard and many members of court. Most of the story is set in York which is wonderfully described by Sansom and was all the more interesting to me since I will be visiting there next month. There are also bits in London, including some horrible bits in the Tower of London, and a sea journey from Hull to London. This time Shardlake is called into service by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury (Cromwell being no longer). He is given two tasks: (1) an official role to deal with petitions to the King from the citizens of York and (2) a secret mission is to ensure the welfare of an important political prisoner, Sir Edward Broderick, so he can be brought to London for questioning in the Tower of London. Along the way Shardlake discovers secret documents that could threaten Henry’s very right to the throne. Really loved this book and am so keeping it and immediately started reading the fourth book in the series…

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