Sovereign: A Shardlake Novel (Matthew Shardlake #3)
Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a secret mission for Archbishop Cranmer – to ensure ...more
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Well he publicly humiliates Shardlake by mocking his appearance because clearly the king is the very essence of physical perfection, clearl ...more
Revisit is via R4 dramatisation: Atmospheric dramatisation of C. J. Sansom's third Tudor crime novel featuring hunchback lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake.
Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Royal Progress to York, aiming to strike fear and awe into his rebellious northern subjects. Shardlake, and his assistant Barak, arrive in the city a day ahead of the 3,000-strong procession. Officially there to prepare petitions for the King, t ...more
This should have been an out-and-out 5 star score from me, but I've deducted a half for the patchy editing. It is a shame that a best-selling writer of the calibre of C.J. Sansom does not get the 5 star treatment from his editorial team.
Having said that, this is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery novel, suitably labyrinthine in its plot, as was so typical of the goings-on in the court of Henry VIII.
One of the reasons I'm such a fan of the Matthew Shardlake series is the thoroughness of the re ...more
Sansom, C.J. – 3rd in series
*** Lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak are sent to York to ensure the welfare of a prisoner being returned to London for interrogation. Matthew is also to assist with processing legal partitions King Henry VIII during the King’s Progress to York. When local glazier is killed, Matthew and Jack uncover a locked box containing several papers, including a genealogical chart. Before Matthew ...more
This time he and his assistant Jack Barak are sent to York in the north of England where King Henry VIII and his latest wife, Catherine Howard arrive on a spectacular progress.
Matthew has been employed by Archbishop Cranmer to protect a prisoner accused of treason and conspiracy against the king and make sure that he arrives safe ...more
This is the third book I have read in this series and for me, it is the best one so far. A rich tapestry of history and character development that is hard to beat.
In this instalment of Sansom's Matthew Shardlake series, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in York awaiting the Royal Progress of Henry VIII. Shardlake is ordered by Archbishop Cranmar to assist a senior York lawyer, Giles Wrenne, in organising and presenting petitions to the King on his arri ...more
Sansom's characterizations are still very good and he delivers historical detail effortlessly. His action scenes are clumsy and unre ...more
This is the third in the series of Matthew Shardlake adventures and, in my opinion, the best so far. As usual, the lawyer embarks on a dual, dangerous mission, and can trust nobody save, perhaps, his faithful assistant, Barak.
At every turn there is murder, mystery and suspense. Shardlake appears to have many more lives that the nine that are generally accredited to a cat. It is amazing that he survives each day.
Most of this story is set in York, and revolves around the ...more
Olen pitänyt aiemmistakin Sansomin romaaneista, ja tämä saattoi olla niistä paras, kaikessa lähes seitsemänsadan sivun ko ...more
In Dissolution, reformist Matthew Shardlake works with Thomas Cromwell to investigate the death of a royal commissioner; in Dark Fire, he defends a young woman accused of murder. Critics agree that Sovereign is as good as, or even better than, its predecessors. Themes of political ruses, conspiracy, religious fanaticism, and murder, combined with sophisticated plotting, meticulously researched details, and convincing characters (including a cruel, paranoid Henry) recreate the repression, tyranny...more
Puna zanimljivih podataka iz tog povijesnog doba, odlični opisi okoline, likova, te s velikom dozom nepredvidljivih događaja do samog kraja...
Vjerujte isplati se čitati i teško ju je ispustiti iz ruku, mada nije baš lagana za držanje ;)
Oh, the history! No other writer will immerse you in Tudor England the way CJ Sansom does. The man is a genius, causing the reader to see, smell, and hear the 16th century as effectively as a time machine. The little details th ...more
I have to say, I'm really not that enamoured with this series. They're clearly well researched, and Sansom writes competently enough, but I just don't find them that engaging. Historical fiction isn't a genre that I've ever really been that interested in, and I only started t ...more
Set during Henry's progress to York to stamp his authority on the north of England after the disastrous uprising against him, Matthew is given a secret commission by Crammer, the man who replaced Cromwell. There is a prisoner being ...more
Archbishop Cranmer asks Shardlake to be responsible for the welfare of a conspirator called Broderick and to escort him from York to London. also approaching York at the time is Henry VIII on his progress, a tour of the rebellious North to seek new oaths from the people there and to show force to limit any armed uprisings too.
Shortly after he arrives a glazier dies ...more
And once again the author has done a fantas ...more
I loved the first two books in the series. In this one, Matthew has been dragged into a situation he doesn't want to be in, AGAIN. OK, that is what it is. But he keeps making his situation worse by doing the most stupid, and dangerous, things. He tells the authorities what the dying man said, although he ...more
You've got your standard collection of corrupt and incompetent officials, with a bit of torture to spice the dish. A ne ...more
If you like historical mysteries...
If you like Royal intrigue...
If you like conspiracies...
If you like books that set the scene...
If you like your fiction with a grain of truth...
If you have a school girl crush on a " crookback" ( ok this is optional) then this is the book for you.
Though this is the third book in C.J. Sansom's masterful Matthew Shardlake series I believe this book could stand alone.
Another interesting story with excellent use of period as ever that ties into the execution for adultery of Henry 's 5th wife Catherine Howard . A political prisoner who terrifies the Chancellor and names the king after a mythical monster who wants only to die , a tense northern atmosphere after the pilgrimage of grace ........
He came to promi ...more