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From Publishers Weekly
Sansom's engrossing third historical featuring Matthew Shardlake (after 2005's Dark Fire) finds the hunchbacked barrister at the vortex of strife-torn Tudor England in the rainy autumn of 1541. Northern Britain anxiously awaits the arrival of the Great Progress taking Henry VIII and an entourage of thousands toward York to quell a fresh rebellion. Recently appointed a legal counsel for the Progress, Shardlake has a secret mission from Archbishop Cranmer to guarantee the safe return to London of imprisoned conspirator Sir Edward Broderick. With his trusted assistant, Jack Barak, Shardlake also investigates the death of master glazier Peter Oldroyd, a suspected papist, who fell from his ladder and was impaled on glass shards. Their search of Oldroyd's house reveals intriguing documents that question the royal line of succession and even impugn Henry. Despite complex court politics and several attempts on his life, Shardlake stalwartly maintains his integrity while searching for truth amid the "vipers' nest" of Henry's court. (Apr.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
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, and gory minutiae of Tudor England. (Soft romance is patently absent.) A few critics commented on the heft of the novel, but in the end they agreed that Sovereign is an outstanding work of historical fiction.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
The book does pick up eventually and finishes OK but barely worth the wait getting through the middle of the book. Overall the book tends to plod, very little action, and too much space devoted to the hero's thoughts and doubts--I found myself turning pages frequently. This effort was not nearly as good as the author's first two books. I will stay with him, however.
Sansom writes extremely well, There is a lot of historical fact in the books and I've learned a lot about Henry VIII's England, the Reformation and the power struggle that went on. He mixes history and mystery and that makes a great read. Matthew Shardlake, the main character is an attorney and the stories take place through his eyes.
I highly recommend these books. Read one, read them all, you won't be sorry.
Master Sharklake, the attorney, is involved in an interesting twist of events that gives the reader an edge of the seat mystery experience of "who done it".
I enjoyed the book thoroughly and would recommend it especially to those who like a little fiction sprinkled in their history!
Most recent customer reviews
But this has me hooked and I am now on the fifth book.