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Sovereign: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries) (original 2006; edition 2007)

by C.J. Sansom

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Title:Sovereign: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries)
Authors:C.J. Sansom
Info:Viking Adult (2007), Hardcover, 592 pages
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Sovereign by C. J. Sansom (2006)

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    bookfitz: A novel from the same time period. The story follows the rise of Thomas Cromwell in the court of King Henry VIII.
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Overall an enjoyable read, but I do agree with the reviewers who thought it was too long. There were lengthy sections where very little happened to advance the story. I think I appreciate this series more for the setting/atmosphere than I do for the plot. ( )
  AlaMich | Jun 13, 2018 |
This is the 3rd book of the Shardlake series and my favorite so far. King Henry VIII and his 5th wife, Catherine Howard progress from London to York. Shardlake and Barak are transporting a conspirator from York to London and come across a secret concerning the monarchy. Someone is attempting to kill Shardlake to protect the secret. This was a very hard to put down book with excellent plot, characters and intrigue. I would highly recommend this series to those who love to read about 16th century Tudor England. ( )
  EadieB | Jun 12, 2018 |
Third in the series, so start with Dissolution to maximise your enjoyment, but this is another excellent and enjoyable historical mystery story of Matthew Shardlake a lawyer in Henry VIII’s Tudor England. Well worth reading.

This story might be called Shardlake and Jack Barak go to York, as it takes our heroes (complicated and reluctant, but heroes nonetheless) to the city in the autumn of 1541, to assist in presenting legal petitions to Henry VIII, but also to carry out supervision of a Catholic traitor to the king at the request of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. Of course, the plot is more complicated as religious differences and royal indiscretions give rise to murder and the attempted murder of Shardlake.

The historical and geographical detail is lightly and necessarily woven into the mystery story, such as ‘By the way, you will hear many strange words here. Perhaps the most important thing you should know is that a street is called a gate, while a gate is called a bar’. I really like the way that reflective passages arise, echoing contemporary religious or political questions or the balmy or stormy autumn weather, only for us to be pulled back to the plot driven narrative. I will be reading the next. ( )
  CarltonC | May 14, 2018 |
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 petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a secret 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 . . .
  JESGalway | Apr 12, 2018 |
Historical fiction is my guilty pleasure - this one does not disappoint. ( )
  AriadneAranea | Jan 13, 2018 |
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"Tension is kept up as the lawyer's compassion for the conspirator wars with his sense of duty in this craftsmanlike piece of historical fiction."
 
"As always, former lawyer Sansom (Dark Fire, 2005, etc.) fleshes out the detection with rich historic details presented at a stately pace."
 

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Crossley, StevenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Demasi, DomingoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gabler, IrmengardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York.

Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission – to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation.

But the murder of a local 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 papers which could threaten the Tudor throne, a chain of events unfolds that will lead Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age.
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Matthew Shardlake rides
to York and soon uncovers
a conspiracy.
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Following the uncovering of a plot against his throne in Yorkshire, King Henry VIII has set out on a Progress to the North, to overawe his rebellious subjects there once and for all. This is the latest book from Sansom whose novel 'Dark Fire' won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger.… (more)

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