Sovereign

Sovereign

Paperback - 2012
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Book 3 in the highly acclaimed Matthew Shardlake mystery series, now available from Vintage Canada.
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Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission by his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak. As well as legal work processing local petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission for Archbishop Cranmer--to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator who is to be returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a York glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. And when Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret documents which could threaten the Tudor throne, a chain of events unfolds that will lead to Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age...
Publisher: Toronto :, Vintage Canada,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780307362407
Branch Call Number: MYS SAN
Characteristics: 661 pages : maps ; 21 cm

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sjmitra Aug 30, 2011

The third in the Shardlake series and this time the plot deftly works in Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, Jane Rochford, Thomas Culpepper and Francis Dereham. The plot is intriguing, the climax is unexpected and the antagonist is a shock. The author develops Shardlake even more in this book. Shardlake is clever and not pretentious, moral and not sanctimonious, and very, very human. The reader not only admires and respects him, but starts to love him. Can't wait for the next!

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gwinegarden
Sep 22, 2010

Samsom does it again. Totally engrossing tale set during the reign of Henry VIII. Hard to put down.

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jbeckber
Jun 10, 2009

Fantastic book! Ordered it in ethusiastic search of more books around Henry VIII historical period. This was an unexpected delight. Like the characters, the intertwined storylines and the images that link in my head to stories by Philippa Gregory and the TV series the Tudors.

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