Sovereign

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Pan Books, 2007 - Detective and mystery stories - 661 pages
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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...

`Sansom is a master storyteller`Guardian

`So compulsive that, until you reach its final page, youll have to be almost physically prised away from it`Sunday Times

`Deeper, stronger and subtler thanThe Name of the Rose`Independent on Sunday

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User Review  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Barak are sent by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer to see to it that a prisoner in York who is destined for the Tower in London and eventually will face hanging will be ... Read full review

Review: Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake #3)

User Review  - Tasha - Goodreads

This third in the series is my favorite so far. The writing, while dense and full, gives great details of the time. The denseness and the details pay off bc I really felt like I could picture exactly ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After practising as a solicitor, he became a full-time writer. Sovereign is the third novel in Sansom's acclaimed Shardlake series, following Dissolution and Dark Fire . He lives in Sussex.

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