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Revelation: A Shardlake Novel (Matthew Shardlake #4)

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The first three Shardlake mysteries have won over critics and readers alike. In Revelation, Sansom's newest book in the series, the year is 1543 and King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, a woman sympathetic to reform, whom he wants for his sixth wife- much to the dismay of Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court. Meanwhile, Matthew Shardla ...more
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Published June 18th 2010 by Vintage Canada (first published April 4th 2008)
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SaraEliza I agree with Richard. Not strictly necessary, but the read is richer for taking them in order. I also found that my brain placed the historical…moreI agree with Richard. Not strictly necessary, but the read is richer for taking them in order. I also found that my brain placed the historical context more vividly than if I were reading randomly.(less)
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Andy
Straight into the saddle with a quick update of where we are in terms of Henry VIII’s life & the key players that surround him which acquaints us swiftly with Tudor life. And we’re off!

Shardlake takes on a case with political & religious connotations afoot which align to professional suicide so all warn him...... then the murders start! Are they linked.....? And then the guessing game begins

Its a grand series & I ALWAYS kick myself as to why I take so long before reading another in
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Phrynne
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fourth installment in this excellent series and it is easily worth five stars. One of the best things about these books is the delightful way the author discusses all the details of the lifestyle of Tudor England. I have always found this a fascinating period of history and C.J. Sansom knows how to make the most of it. In this book Matthew Shardlake our daring, hunchback, lawyer/detective is working for Archbishop Cranmer and HenryVIII is preparing to marry Catherine Parr. Life becomes very ...more
Susan
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth novel in the series featuring lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, and his assistant Jack Barak. This is one of the darkest, most unsettling books in the series, involving Shardlake and Barak in the hunt for a Tudor serial killer, who has an obsession with the book of Revelations and a client who is declared insane and sent to the Bedlam.

King Henry is planning to take another wife and is busy trying to convince Catherine Parr to marry him. Speaking of matrimony, Barak’s marriage to Tama
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Samantha
With this installment in the Matthew Shardlake series, I think I can safely say that CJ Sansom has taken his place as my second favorite modern author (Sharon Kay Penman being my favorite). I have given this book some time to swirl around in my mind since I finished it, and I'm still not sure that I can do it justice.

Nobody brings Tudor England to life the way Sansom does. The sights, smells, sounds....it is easy for the reader to imagine that they are walking along next to dear Matthew as he wa
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Phee
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Another great instalment in one of my favourite series. It’s so sad I hear literally no one talk about these. Anyone who’s a fan of Tudor England and mysteries will adore them. There so well written and keep you interested throughout, despite the length of the novels.
I must say, I prefer the ones that are set in London rather than else where. This one and book two are both set in London and are my favourites of the four I have read so far.

This one held another great mystery, a serial killer wh
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Carolyn
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, historical

I really enjoy this series of mystery novels set in the reign of Henry VIII. The author has a gift for weaving the historical backstory into the mystery and generating a very evocative atmosphere of London in the 16th century. Through the characters and other story lines running through the novel, many pictures of daily life emerge including the practice of Medicine at the time, the workings of the sewerage system, construction of false teeth and of course the upheaval in religion and the chucrc
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C.W.
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his fourth outing, hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake is up against a gruesome serial killer intent on bringing forth the prophecies of Revelation through a series of Biblical-inspired killings. Called in to attend to the bizarre case of a young boy imprisoned for madness and suspected of suffering from demonic possession, when Shardlake discovers the slain body of his best friend in a frozen fountain, he is once again caught between the machinations of the Tudor court, where Henry VIII has s ...more
Terri
I may consistently give these C.J. Sansom books 4 out of 5 stars (with the exception of the third in the series, Sovereign, which I gave 5 stars to), but I do thoroughly enjoy them.
For me they are the perfect holiday read, or windy wet weather read. Sit in a corner with a cup of tea, curl up under a thick quilt in bed, lock yourself away or escape every evening to its pages.


C.J Sansom recreates the Tudor world with an ease that all historical fiction authors should aspire to. The stories are no
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Paul
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2014
It is the end of winter in 1543 and Henry is wooing Catherine Parr with the intention of making her his sixth wife. This is not popular with Archbishop Cramer as Parr is known to have sympathies to the reformist agenda.
Shardlake has agrees to take on the case of a lad who has been diagnosed as mad and who is in the asylum called Bedlam. People are starting to think that his mania will get him sentenced as a heretic.

On returning home later one evening he discovers a body in the fountain, this is
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Stephanie
In this installment, it is the year 1543 and Matthew Shardlake, the hunchback lawyer, has been promoted to Serjeant in the Court of Requests by Archbishop Cranmer. Cranmer owes Shardlake big-time after the events of the last book and Matthew is quite happy with his life and his work. Unfortunately, Matthew's peaceful existance is interrupted when his dear friend, Roger Elliard, is murdered in a most horrific and public way. Matthew vows to bring the killer to justice but there is much more to th ...more
LJ
REVELATION (Hist. Mys-Matthew Shardlake-England-1500s-Middle-Ages) – Ex
Sansom, C.J. – 4th in series
Macmillan, 2008, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9781405092722

First Sentence: The high chandeliers in the Great Hall of Lincoln’s Inn were ablaze with candles, for it was late afternoon when the play began.

Henry VIII has asked to marry Catherine Parr and England is in a time of religious turmoil.

The Dissolution of the monasteries is done but now Henry, and the reformists, are moving back toward Catholic ways
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Gerald Sinstadt
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a confirmed Sansom addict, I now believe that the four Shardlake novels show an admirable progression. Revelation crowns a notable achievement.

In Dissolution, the claustrophobic limitations of the community at Scarnsea and the largely indistinguishable monks were the down side. The pluses were originality of scene and the personality of the hunchback lawyer himself.

Evidence of the author's feel for place and period led one hopefully to Dark Fire, and in the matter of authentic atmosphere on
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Bryn Hammond
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imagined-fiction
This Shardlake centres on religious mania, apocalyptic expectations, and the affect on people of new interpretations of sin from radical Protestants. It’s a picture of ‘culture wars’ with a real sense of society unravelling. If he’d written it this year, and not ten years ago, I’d accuse him of being topical: I felt the reverberations, and to me that means he lifts this into a novel you might find of relevance whenever you live.

His cast: Matthew Shardlake, lawyer, who gets jeered at as ‘crookba
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Caroline
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
Yet another Tudor mystery from the best of the best.

After Henry VIII broke with the Catholic Church and made himself head of the Church of England, he just couldn’t make his mind up. Definitely Protestant.....maybe a wee bit less Protestant...... maybe a bit more Catholic. As he swung back and forth people rose and fell from favour, some losing their heads in the process. It was a time when your religious affiliations could carry heavy penalties. In this hothouse world of shifting religious dog
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Andrea
My least favorite of the series so far. Too much romance (and a lame drama at that... plus, the conflict never got resolved), too many subplots (which -of course- very conveniently fitted into the overall plot...), too much discussion of religion, and just too long for my taste. The setting was interesting as always, although I hoped Catherine Parr would play a larger role. The "serial killer in Tudor England" approach was interesting, but ultimately didn't interest me.
Sandra Bašić
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Već zvučim poput papagaja ali Sansom me je tako razmazio sa svojim djelima da uvijek iznova, s nestrpljenjem, čekam sljedeću.
John Wiltshire
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, we are now up to Catherine Parr. Lady Latimer is being pursued by Henry after he's successfully managed to kill off his latest young wife, Catherine Howard. Matthew, yet again, is going to be dragged into these great events. But as with the other novels of this superb series, Matthew is also involved in a more human mystery--in this novel that of a young boy who inexplicably begins to rant and rave about salvation and has been locked away in bedlam for his own protection (it's dangerous to s ...more
Alisa
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like historical fiction and/or mystery, I'd advise you to check out C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake series. Matthew Shardlake is a hunchback lawyer living in London during the reign of Henry VIII. His work brings him in contact with some history's lesser-known people: Thomas Cromwell, Richard Rich, Thomas Cranmer. In each book, Shardlake solves at least two mysteries, one related to his law practice and one related to the politics of Tudor England. Sansom is an excellent writer, and his b ...more
Alison
Feb 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with Dissolution, the other book from this series that I've read, the history in this story is much stronger than the mystery. Sansom presents characters representing the diversity of religious though in mid sixteenth century England. They interact in believable, thought provoking conversations and are tested in various ways by each turn of events. The 1540s were a stressful time in England - the Catholic Church was dissolved, but the tide was turning against the Lutheran reformers. Basically ...more
Kelly
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, time for the review.

I absolutely love this series; it is clever, enticing and really gets your detective skills working. The one thing I adore is the underlying plot of the book is all based on fact while the main plot line is pure, exciting fiction.

Shard lake is becoming stronger, he is more and more successful and is starting to be more commanding of people, and rightly so. However, Barak lost some of my respect in this book due to his drunken antics, mainly due to grief il grant you but i
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Tasha
Another great read in the Shardlake series. A little heavy on the religious side as the mystery involves passages from the bible but it's not preachy.

Edited: I debated about giving this one 5 stars and decided to go ahead and do it. It's really well-done and was great fun to read. 5 star worthy for sure.
Marnie

Another winning Matthew Shardlake mystery.C.J. Sansom's writing lets you see and smell London circa 1543. Add a serial killer who uses The Book of Revelations as a How To guide and you have a winning mystery. My favorite " crookback" was a little snippier this time around- which just made him that much more adorable :)
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Book four in my favorite historical mystery series.

For a further review: http://susannag.booklikes.com/post/60... .
Ismar
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C. J. Sansom – Otkrivenje

„Kad se kralj prije deset godina suprotstavio papi, kako bi se vjenčao s Anne Boleyn, on je omogućio Thomasu Cromwellu da u kraljevo okružje ubaci ljude, koji su još radikalniji reformisti, pa čak i luterani. Nakon Cromwellova pada, kralj se vraća na staru vjeru, a mnogi reformisti su se prilagodili, barem u javnosti. Ali, nekoliko radikala uspjelo je zadržati svoja namještenja jer su bili sposobni i prepredeni.“
U martu 1543. godine dok se London oporavlja od žestoke zim
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Bob
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its 1543 in England, King Henry VIII has recently beheaded another wife and he has his eye set on then next one. Mathew Shardlake is a lawyer working with a couple whose son has been sent to Bedlam because he refuses to stop praying on the streets and Mathew is trying to get his conditions improved and has hooked him up with his doctor. Mathew's good friend, another lawyer, is found killed and left in a fountain near their quarters and Mathew has promised his wife that he will find the killer. T ...more
Louise
I have enjoyed this series very much, but this particular book less so. I never really enjoy mysteries about serial killers and this was no exception. It just seemed to go on and on. Despite the plot, I did enjoy the characters of Shardlake, Barack, and Malton, as usual, and CJ Sansom does write about the Tudor era so convincingly. I will move on to the next one in the series.
Terence M
Can't get into this - placing it on the dnf - will try again shelves.
Martin Belcher
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
It's Spring 1543 and in London an increasingly disabled and despotic King Henry VIII is trying his best to gain the hand of marriage from Lady Catherine Parr. Religious fervour and fanaticism continues to effect everyone's lives in Tudor England. We welcome back our enigmatic hunchback lawyer, Matthew Shardlake and his very able assistant Jack Barak for the fourth book in C.J.Sansom's excellent Shardlake series.

In Revelation, Shardlake takes up the case of a young man called Adam Kite who has b
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Iset
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love historical crime mysteries

I feel like I’ve stumbled on a real treasure with C J Sansom’s Shardlake series. Revelation was absolutely delightful. It engaged my attention straight away and held it gripped from the very first page to the last! This is classic mystery-unravelling and crime writing in the tradition of Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edith Pargeter. Every single scene advances the plot, there’s no unnecessary fluff, the story is well-constructed and thoughtful. Moreover, Sansom’s writing is subtle, in
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Christopher John "C.J." Sansom is an English writer of crime novels. He was born in 1952 and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor. He practised for a while in Sussex as a lawyer for the disadvantaged, before quitting in order to work full-time as a writer.
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Other Books in the Series

Matthew Shardlake (6 books)
  • Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake, #1)
  • Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake, #2)
  • Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake, #3)
  • Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake, #5)
  • Lamentation (Matthew Shardlake, #6)
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“Have you ever thought what a God would be like who actually ordained and executed the cruelty that is in [the biblical Book of Revelation]? A holocaust of mankind. Yet so many of these Bible-men accept the idea without a second thought.” 21 likes
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