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Pan Books, 2007 - Detective and mystery stories - 661 pages
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Autumn, 1541: Following the uncovering of a plot against his throne in Yorkshire, King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to overawe his rebellious subjects there. Accompanied by a thousand soldiers, the cream of the nobility, and his fifth wife Catherine Howard, the King is to attend an extravagant submission of the local gentry at 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. As the King and the Great Progress arrive in the city, Barak stumbles upon a terrifying secret, and a chain of events unfolds that will leave Shardlake to face the most terrifying fate a subject of Henry VIII can fear... his own imprisonment in the Tower of London.

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User Review  - TheIdleWoman - LibraryThing

Another Shardlake mystery, this time set in York during the time of Henry VIII's great progress there. Once again the plot strands straggle a bit: and the character of Broderick, initially apparently ... Read full review

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

I've never been to York but thanks to the maps at the front of the book and Nu-Knees' apropos postcard of the streets of York I could really visualize the streets (gates as they are called in York) as ... 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 PhD 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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