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Lamentation by C. J. Sansom
  

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This magnificent series continues with one of the best. New readers will miss out a little on the character development but still be captivated by the tale … then read the rest. Here Henry VIII is in his final days and there are power struggles afoot. His present wife, Catherine Parr, had, sometime ago, written her Lamentations of a Sinner which has now disappeared. Enter her trusted friend and lawyer, Matthew Shardlake who must find the book before someone should pass it to the King. Religion plays a major role in this tale. All the violence, and there is plenty of it, centres around it. Totally gripping, it is an exciting, sad tale peopled with some wonderful characters both real and fictitious. Highly recommended.

If you like C. J. Sansom you might also like to read books by Philip Kerr, Christian Jacq and Karen Harper.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Sixth in the Shardlake series, this new novel brings us to the summer of 1546. Henry VIII is dying and his Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a struggle to the death: whoever wins will control the government of Henry’s successor, the eight-year-old Prince Edward. Our hero, Matthew Shardlake, is summoned to Whitehall Palace to see his old friend and mentor, Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of King Henry. Meanwhile, the Protestant heretic, Anne Askew is burned at the stake, an event that will play its part in what is to come. Queen Catherine has written a Protestant polemic, Lamentation of a Sinner, the only copy of which has gone missing, apart from one page found clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer. Shardlake’s investigation into these events very nearly leads him to the stake himself and, without spoiling the plot, suffice it to say that this is a thrillingly exciting new addition to this acclaimed series.
~ Julia Hamilton

Synopsis

Lamentation by C. J. Sansom

The eagerly anticipated new Shardlake novel from the number one bestselling author. Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr. Shardlake, still haunted by events aboard the warship Mary Rose the year before, is working on the Cotterstoke Will case, a savage dispute between rival siblings. Then, unexpectedly, he is summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his old patron, the now beleaguered and desperate Queen. For Catherine Parr has a secret. She has written a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, so radically Protestant that if it came to the King's attention it could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing down. But, although the book was kept secret and hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen's private chamber, it has - inexplicably - vanished. Only one page has been found, clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer. Shardlake's investigations take him on a trail that begins among the backstreet printshops of London but leads him and Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of the politics of the royal court; a world he had sworn never to enter again. Loyalty to the Queen will drive him into a swirl of intrigue inside Whitehall Palace, where Catholic enemies and Protestant friends can be equally dangerous, and the political opportunists, who will follow the wind wherever it blows, more dangerous than either. The theft of Queen Catherine's book proves to be connected to the terrible death of Anne Askew, while his involvement with the Cotterstoke litigants threatens to bring Shardlake himself to the stake.

Reviews

'The Shardlake series is magnificent.'

-Sunday Times


About the Author

C. J. Sansom

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

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Publication date

23rd October 2014

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C. J. Sansom

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Publisher

Mantle an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
656 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780230744196

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