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Lamentation by C. J. Sansom
  

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Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015.

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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like C. J. Sansom you might also like to read books by Philip Kerr, Rory Clements and Robert Harris.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The sixth in the Shardlake series brings us to the summer of 1546. Henry VIII is dying and his Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a struggle to control the government of Henry’s successor, the eight-year-old Prince Edward. 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. 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.
~ The Good Book Guide

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Lamentation by C. J. Sansom

Matthew Shardlake is back in Lamentation, from the number one bestselling author C. J. Sansom. 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

'a dark and atmospheric story... Shardlake deserves his wide and rapturous readership.' -- Antonia Senior The Times

'Sansom has an extraordinary gift for atmosphere: he immerses the reader in the sights, sounds, smells and dreadful paranoia of life in the last days of Henry VIII ... Utterly gripping' -- Marian Keyes Irish Times

'This, the sixth of CJ Sansom's Shardlake novels, unsurprisingly went straight to the top of the bestseller list as soon as it was published. Such is their reputation. Every book is a delight, and each one that little bit better than the last... Sansom's skill as a writer , coupled with his exhaustive research, makes readers feel as if they are living in the period he is writing about. Hilary Mantel may gobble up the big literary prizes for her explorations of the complex mind of Shardlake's old boss, Thomas Cromwell, but when it comes to recreating the authentic atmosphere of 500 years ago Sansom wins hands down.' -- Nigel Nelson Tribune

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

7th May 2015

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C. J. Sansom

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Publisher

Mantle an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
672 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780230744202

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