Sovereign

Sovereign

Book - 2006
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Penguin Putnam
From one of P. D. James's favorite mystery authors comes the third Shardlake novel

Autumn 1541. A plot against the throne has been uncovered, and Henry VIII has set off on a spectacular progress from London to York, along with a thousand soldiers, the cream of the nobility, and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, to quell his rebellious northern subjects. Awaiting his arrival are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his loyal assistant, Jack Barak. In addition to processing petitions to the king, Shardlake's task is to protect a dangerous conspirator until he is transported back to London for interrogation.

But when a local glazier is murdered, things get a little more complicated as the murder seems to be not only connected to Shardlake's prisoner but also to the royal family itself. Then Shardlake stumbles upon a cache of secret papers that throws into doubt the legitimacy of the entire royal line, and a chain of events unfolds that threatens Shardlake with the most terrifying fate of the age: imprisonment in the Tower of London.

Baker & Taylor
When Henry VIII sets out to quell rebellion in the north and transport a dangerous conspirator back to London for questioning, lawyer Matthew Shardlake finds himself investigating the murder of a local glazier with unsettling ties to the royal family, a case during which he discovers a cache of secret papers that throw the royal line's legitimacy into question. By the author of Dissolution.

Baker
& Taylor

When Henry VIII sets out to quell rebellion in the north and transport a dangerous conspirator back to London for questioning, lawyer Matthew Shardlake finds himself investigating the murder of a local glazier with unsettling ties to the royal family.

Publisher: New York : Viking ; London : Macmillan, c2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670038312
0670038318
9781405050487
1405050489
Characteristics: 582 p. ; 24 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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