Lamentation

by C. J. Sansom

Part of the The Shardlake series Series

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Lamentation Synopsis

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.

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.

Lamentation Press Reviews

'The Shardlake series is magnificent.'

-Sunday Times


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ISBN: 9780230744196
Publication date: 23/10/2014
Publisher: Mantle an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780230744196
Publication date: 23rd October 2014
Author: C. J. Sansom
Publisher: Mantle an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 656 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical mysteries, Historical fiction,

About 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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