Sovereign: A Shardlake Novel by C. J. SansomSovereign: A Shardlake Novel by C. J. Sansom

Sovereign: A Shardlake Novel

byC. J. Sansom

Paperback | June 26, 2012

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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...
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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Title:Sovereign: A Shardlake NovelFormat: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 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Autumn, 1541. Following the uncovering of a plot against his throne in Yorkshire, King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to overawe his rebellious subjects there. Accompanied by a thousand soldiers, the cream of the nobility, and his fifth wife Catherine Howard, the King is to attend an extravagant submission of the local gentry at York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission – to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a local glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. As the Great Progress arrives in the city, Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret papers that holds danger for the King`s throne, and a chain of events unfolds that will lead Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age The Shardlake series is set in the time of Henry VIII. The Tudor times are violent and uncertain - papist or reformer you could be burned just for not following political rule correctly. Shardlake is a lawyer who was forced into working for Thomas Cromwell, it made him wealthy but heartsick and determined to never again be involved in affairs of state. Thomas Cromwell has fallen but Shardlake's services are still in demand from people you do not say "no" to. Once again we begin another journey with Matthew Shardlake....an enjoyable book if you like we'll written well researched history, with a good mystery. This is an excellent series.
Date published: 2017-11-15
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.
Date published: 2015-05-04

Editorial Reviews

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