Sovereign: A Shardlake Novel

Paperback | June 26, 2012

byC. J. Sansom

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Book 3 in the highly acclaimed Matthew Shardlake mystery series, now available from Vintage Canada.
 
Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission by his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak. As well as legal work processing local petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission for Archbishop Cranmer--to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator who is to be returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a York glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. And when Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret documents which could threaten the Tudor throne, a chain of events unfolds that will lead to Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age...

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Book 3 in the highly acclaimed Matthew Shardlake mystery series, now available from Vintage Canada. Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission by his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak. As w...

C. J. SANSOM was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 8.01 × 5.17 × 1.42 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030736240X

ISBN - 13:9780307362407

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a Yorkshire book. So obviously it's great. I'm pretty sure I've walked the staircase the Queen's lover uses here - though I used it to get to the refectory. Taking place in York, this is obviously my favourite Shardlake mystery. Indeed, it occurs mostly in and around King's Manor, home today to the university's Centre For Medieval Studies and my home for three years. So as our hero walks the gates and bars of the city (remember, in York a street is a gate and a gate is a bar!), I can pretty much place exactly where he is. Not least because many of those buildings still stand. Even one or two pubs, which I assure you, today, are much more reputable places than described herein. Any some mysteries are solved along the way. Conspiracies thwarted. Cromwell is down but Cranmer is up. And King Henry VIII - mouldy leg and all - is definitely not portrayed very nicely.
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Praise for the Matthew Shardlake series and Sovereign: "Sansom deserves as wide a readership as P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin and Minette Walters." —The Independent "Sansom has the perfect mixture of novelistic passion and historical detail."—Antonia Fraser, Daily Telegraph "Marvellously exciting and totally convincing." —The Spectator "Deeper, stronger and subtler than The Name of the Rose." —The Independent on Sunday "Sansom has returned to his excellent Matthew Shardlake series set in 16th-century England.... Brilliant." —The Globe and Mail