His uncle edward seymour, duke of somerset, rules as protector. Nov 15, 2010 like umberto ecos historical whodunit the name of the rose, of which sansom is an admirer, dissolution set 200 years later in the bitter winter of 1537 is a classic closedsetting mystery. Dubbed the tudor morse the shardlake novels beginning with dissolution trace the progress of lawyer matthew shardlake from 1537 as he is drawn into investigating a series of complex cases that bring him evercloser to the machinations of the tudor court. Catherine parr 1512 1548, queen of england, the sixth wife of king henry viii, circa 1540. Discover other books like this, author exclusives, and more. King henry viii is wooing lady catherine parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. This sixth matthew shardlake novel is a jewel, the crowning glory of an exquisite series. The second feather to the shardlake series was the dark fire. He went to birmingham university where he was awarded a ba and then a phd in history. It actually in some ways makes for a more satisfying read, as there are fewer unlikely eureka moments the reader actually tries to reason it out alongside shardlake. Sansom was educated at birmingham university, where he took a ba and then a phd in history.
Christopher john sansom is a british writer of historical crime novels. Like many concepts in the book world, series is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. Set during the reign of tudor monarch henry viii it features heavily on the religious conflict of the period. Sansom began his matthew shardlake series in 2003 with the novel dissolution. You get the same understanding of the era, traditions, feelings etc as you do in the shardlake books.
The series main character is the hunchbacked lawyer matthew shardlake, who is. Was matthew shardlake a truly naive character, or was he simply in a deep state of denial with regard to thomas cromwells style of governing. Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such see wikipedia. Sansom has said that he plans to write further shardlake novels taking the lawyer into the reign of elizabeth i. In particular, it examines the question of whether the sixteenthcentury fictional lawyer shardlake can serve as a role model for twentyfirstcentury lawyers, both in terms of his ethics and his professionalism. Id like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the bookbag. Magdalena is headstrong and very clever, and is the daughter of jakob kusil a bavarian hangman. The series protagonist is the hunchbacked lawyer matthew shardlake, who is assisted.
In dissolution, shardlake, who supports religious reform, witnesses the viciousness. Order of matthew shardlake books matthew shardlake is the featured character in a series of historical mystery novels by british novelist c. No novice to the subversive plotting that surrounds the throne of king henry viii, attorney matthew shardlake returns in a mystery that stands on its own, a conspiracy against the throne. A matthew shardlake mystery 2 in 1540 henry viii has been on the throne for thirtyone years. Shardlake has to rely on the knowledge of the 1500s and pure reasoning and legwork to crack this mystery. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in. C j sansom it is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. I love the matthew shardlake series, ive read them all. Shardlake is asked by henrys sixth wife queen catherine parr to investigate the theft of a book from her apartments in the palace. Sansom have been adapted in both radio and television. Goodreads members who liked lamentation matthew shard. Goodreads members who liked heartstone matthew shardla. After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor.
Like umberto ecos historical whodunit the name of the rose, of which sansom is an admirer, dissolution set 200 years later in the bitter winter of 1537. Lawyer matthew shardlake has been called upon to help a young girl accused of murder who refuses to speak in her own defense even when threatened with torture. Shardlack is a hunchback legal counselor, discovered unwillingly in the conspiring of genuine figures like the ruler, a few of his rulers, thomas cromwell, richard rich, archbishop. The glimpse of cromwell that you get in the shardlake books really intrigued me so wh is great for that obv. The sixth historical mystery in the compelling shardlake series. Henry viii has ordered the dissolution of the monasteries and england is full of informers. Oct 25, 2014 alongside all these, cj sansoms henrician crime series, featuring his hunchbacked lawyerturneddetective matthew shardlake, has been quietly gaining critical acclaim and a loyal readership. The books explore the underside of england and do not paint a flattering portrait of. Sansoms matthew shardlake series, given the fact that book 6 in the series, lamentation, has just been published after a wait of 4 years. The matthew shardlake arrangement embeds perusers into the life, sounds, smells, behavior, political scenes, and religious contentions of the england of henry viii. Matthew shardlake is also a fairly sympathetic character. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through.
Can you imagine what your life might have been like during this period of history. The tudor sleuth whos cracked the secret of suspense the spectator. Sign up to the best of pan macmillan newsletter to discover the best of our books. His councillors wage a power struggle to determine who will control the government of his successor. In this story shardlake is commissioned for his mission by the.
Gabriele november 5, 2014 it seems quite topical to write about c. This time matthew shardlake is recalled for a mission by thomas cramer. Browse books in the the shardlake series series on. The bbc decided to adapt the dissolution in 2007 with kenneth branagh set to star as shardlake.
Theyre all exceptional books and you might as well get the best out of them. The hangmans daughter is the first book in oliver potzschs hangmans daughter series. This latest instalment of the matthew shardlake series maintains. The shardlake series is a series of historical mystery novels by c.
As heretics are hunted across london, and the radical protestant anne askew is burned at the stake, the catholic. Sansom includes books dissolution, dark fire, sovereign, and several more. Although the shardlake novels read well as standalone books it is best to read them in chronolgical order. Sansoms matthew shardlake books in order of when they were first released which is also their chronological order. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in sussex, until becoming a fulltime writer. Catherine parr, who was lady latimer when henry was wooing in revelation, is now henrys 6th wife. Formyduval, everything works in sansoms superb sixth matthew shardlake novel. The books explore the underside of england and do not paint a flattering portrait of the king or the powerful people in his court. At the monastery of scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control with the. In 1437, after years of regency, the pious and gentle henry vi, the lamb, comes. Sansom is a writer whose writing flows well and whose obviously thorough research provides a strong background of historical fact for the fictional characters that inhabit. Like hilary mantel, he produces densely textured historical novels that absorb their. Seeing the success of the shardlake series, the author has promised his readers to take shardlake to the reign of elizabeth i. The nomination turned into an award this time with the dark fire.
But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the kings chief minister and a new. But ive not done this with lamentation, the sixth novel in c. Dissolution, dark fire, sovereign, revelation, heartstone, lamentation. I will miss matthew and barak and all their adventures ann 121920 this is the second matthew shardlake mystery i have read, catching me on his latest addition to the series. Already in the city are lawyer matthew shardlake and his assistant jack. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. Cj sansoms sixth tudor mystery begins with a prolonged, graphic description of. He was born in 1952 in edinburgh, scotland, and was educated at the university of birmingham, where he took a. The matthew shardlake tudor mystery series continues with this fourth suspenseful installment by the bestselling author of winter in madrid and dominionin 1543, while tudor england is abuzz with king henry viiis wooing of lady catherine parr, matthew shardlake is working to defend a teenage boy, a religious fanatic being held in the infamous bedlam hospital for the insane. Like many veteran detectives, he yearns for a quieter life.
This book, like its predecessors, is a triumph both as detective fiction. Two years after the death of henry viii, england is sliding into chaos. Winner of the cwa ellis peters historical dagger, dark fire is the second thrilling historical crime novel in the shardlake series by c. Matthew shardlake, believing himself out of favour with thomas cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. His protestant and catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle. Following on from dissolution and dark fire, sovereign is the third title in c. This might tempt you ito reading another great tudor book wolf hall by hilary mantel. Goodreads members who liked dissolution matthew shard. Jan 31, 20 i love the matthew shardlake series, ive read them all. Sansoms novels about matthew shardlake, a londonbased lawyer during the reign of henry viii.
There are no spoilers as such but knowledge, say, that a character is a friend in later books does mean that you dismiss them as suspects in a current book. Not so the novels of cj sansom, whose magnificent books set in the reign of henry viii bring to life the sounds and smells of tudor england. This novel too published by the macmillan publication house in the year 2004, went ahead to claim the cwa ellis peters historical dagger in the year 2005. Shardlake, a hunchback lawyer, lives during the reign of henry viii. Eliot pattison has a series of books that take place in contemporary tibet under chinese occupation that starts with a disgraced chinese detective meeting tibetan monks in a gaol, learning to be like them, etc. This is the sixth adventure featuring matthew shardlake, the hunchbacked lawyer and unintentional investigator. Shardlake is a hunchbacked lawyer who works on commission from thomas cromwell who he is a longtime supporter of, and then others later on. But this time the object of his affections is resisting. It is 1543 and the ill and decrepit king henry viii is trying to woo catherine parr. Here you will find exclusive insights and behindthescenes.
People in his books survive by desperate intelligence and luck. A bbc commission of an adaptation of the first sansom novel, dissolution, is expected to be followed by more of the shardlake books. As heretics are hunted across london, and the radical. If you like hangmans daughter books, youll love matthew shardlake. Sansom, set in the reign of henry viii in the 16th century. Sansoms number four story in the matthew shardlake series. Alongside all these, cj sansoms henrician crime series, featuring his hunchbacked lawyerturneddetective matthew shardlake, has been quietly gaining critical acclaim and a. It is the summer of 1545 and seargent at law, matthew shardlake returns, two years after his involvement with archbishop cranmer at the royal court of king henry viii. An examination of the shardlake series as a whole yields some uncertain answers, both as to shardlake.
Steven crossley the year is 1541, and harsh autumn winds stir the english countryside. See the complete matthew shardlake series book list in order, box sets or omnibus editions, and companion titles. Matthew shardlake is presented as a believable hero, who gets involved with great matters of state against his will and sometimes with results that are outside his control. C j sansoms matthew shardlake novels in chronological order. An examination of the shardlake series as a whole yields some uncertain answers, both as to shardlake and.
King henry viii has set out on a spectacular progress to the north to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in york. Matthew shardlake, believing himself out of favour with thomas cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that. And theres no one huge crime that you follow but you get closer to the nuances and intrigues of henrys court and of course you know what happens to cromwell in the end, when he falls from favour which is a murder of sorts. Sansom, a former solicitor who lives in sussex, is working on a fourth shardlake story and has been consulted on the tv series. The catholics decide to focus their attacks on henrys 6th wife, queen catherine. Archbishop cranmer and the embattled protestant more. If hbo wants to break its addiction to united states history, it should consider adapting c.
He was born in 1952 in edinburgh, scotland, and was educated at the university of birmingham, where he took a ba and then a phd in history. Shardlake is a middleaged, hunchbacked member of lincolns inn who would like to marry but has never found a wife. His client is brought to him by catherine parr, the 6th of henrys wives. These matters be kings games and for the most part played upon scaffolds. The sixth and to date most recent book from cj sansom featuring lawyer matthew shardlake. Sansom is also the author of the bestselling novels winter in madrid and. Six historical fiction series that should be adapted as. C j sansom christopher john sansom 1952 had traditional presbyterian parents and was born and grew up in edinburgh, scotland. Following a violent uprising, king henry viii travels to york, where an important prisoner will be interrogated.1192 1277 474 941 842 797 723 726 209 1004 775 1471 489 1042 1146 1350 52 79 543 193 366 1351 171 318 918 813 397 292 49 834 50 1388 1150 1058 737 296 1462 278 771 889 322 1319 1287