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Starred Review. In March 1543, while London buzzes about Henry VIII's campaign to win newly widowed Lady Catherine Parr for his sixth wife, hunchbacked barrister Matthew Shardlake has grimmer matters on his mind in Sansom's gripping fourth Tudor historical (after 2007's Sovereign). Not only has his close friend and colleague Roger Elliard been savagely murdered but Shardlake finds himself assigned the incendiary case of a young religious fanatic committed to Bedlam. Learning of a link between Elliard's death and a previous slaying, one touching Lady Catherine's household, he reluctantly agrees to join the top-secret probe by his mentor, Archbishop Cranmer—instantly plunging both himself and his intrepid assistant, Jack Barak, into a maelstrom of political intrigue, spiritual strife and personal peril. With its wealth of period detail, compelling characters and bold, fast-moving plot, this may be the most rousing Shardlake adventure so far. (Feb.)
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In the fourth historical detective novel featuring barrister Matthew Shardlake, Sansom once again demonstrates his consummate knowledge of Tudor England’s politics and culture, and even the sounds and smells of sixteenth-century London’s streets. This time out, the reign of King Henry VIII is in its twilight years, but His Majesty is nevertheless interested in taking a new wife, who would be his sixth. Religious issues continue to clash, as they have during much of his reign—Protestant reformist ideas slamming up against more traditional religious dogma and practices. It is a dangerous time; people “must be careful what they say in public these days.” Shardlake has been assigned a peculiar case: a boy whose religious-oriented rantings have caused him to be incarcerated in a Bedlam hospital for the mentally unstable. When his good friend is found murdered, Shardlake is off and running to connect all the puzzling dots between the two cases. Like its predecessors, this installment in the series is sophisticated entertainment, with an intricately but not confusingly wrought plot. --Brad Hooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Excellent reading. Waiting for the last one of Sansom's 'SHARDLAKE' mysteries. These are books I can't put down. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Eleanor Schlager
Fantastic writer...historically very accurate. I love historical fiction and it is very hard to find good stories/authors. I love C.J. Read morePublished 19 days ago by David Schoenmann
Couldn't put it down. So many good details of the period.
Kindle edition has grammar and punctuation problems.
But still enjoyed it.
Very enjoyable, though some of the descriptive passages many be worse than the than the Tudor period. I look forward to the next Shardlake bookPublished 1 month ago by david perkins
I am hooked on this series. I love the protagonist who is very unusual I love the gruesome mysteries that come up and most of all I love the grand pieces of history of life lived... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Virginia Nickerson
There's a killer on the loose in the reign of Henry VIII, a killer selecting his victims based on the Book of Revelation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn J. Rose
C J Sansom's Shadrake novels are page turning historical thrillers of the highest order. Revelation continues the benchmark set by the author in his preceding novels in the series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ThomasBagot