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Sansom – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 YorkAlready in the city are lawyer MaAutumn King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission by his rebellious subjects in YorkAlready in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak As well as legal work processing petitions to the King 45★“I looked at the little houses along Petergate and thought again of the rule preventing citizens from casting sewage in the streets or in the river while the Progress was here It would be piling up in their backyards It was symbolic of the King’s visit all glitter and show in front a pile of turds behind”My how things have changed not sadly Henry VIII’s England C J Sansom drops you straight in it stink and all I love the Matthew Shardlake series but I find I have to come up for air before diving into the next book I find I also have to forgive some glaring anachronisms in dialogue I don’t know how I get past them but I do and I remain just as immersed in the story as before the jolt of a modern phrase eg “the penny has dropped” – from the 1930s The rest rings so true that it compensates for any lapses It does mean I rounded down to 4 stars instead of up to 5 thoughHenry VIII with his new ueen Catherine Howard aged 18 their household and a cast of thousands are on a slow procession – a “progress” – to York and the North It is promoted as a good will trip but it's really Henry's show of power The peasants have to provide all the food contribute to a stash of gold to be presented to the King and put up with their fields being muddied and trashed by soldiers and others camping in them Shardlake and his young offsider Jack Barak are also on a mission for Archbishop Cranmer his former employer Thomas Cromwell having been beheaded recently who has given Shardlake his seal to assure him safe passage and entry into the city At York Castle he reports to Master Radwinter and looks out the window of his office The moat is surrounded by reeds and Radwinter explains that they are being gathered to make rushlights But who are the people standing in the water picking at their legs“ ‘They’re gathering the leeches that bite them for the apothecaries’ ‘It must be a miserable occupation standing deep in mud waiting for those things to bite’ ‘Their legs must be covered in little scars’ He turned to me his eyes looking into mine ‘As the body of England is covered in the scars left by the great leech of Rome’”No lack of occupations for those with strong stomachs it seems A rather forward uite lovely young woman cleverly contrives to meet them as she seems to have her eye on Barak and he is easily smitten Shardlake is understandably suspicious and when it transpires that she’s part of the ueen’s household he is even nervous Tamasin becomes a major character in this story as do the women she works for who report to the ueenThe King’s Progress progresses with the nobility clad in extravagant finery while the regular folk are mostly pretty grubby The divide between wealth and poverty was like the divide between humans and livestock Farmers and peasants were on the land at the pleasure of the landowners – the nobles As I mentioned before in some places things are still just as badLest I make this sound like nothing but misery and torture – oh I forgot to mention that didn’t I Yes bones hanging from a loft where a man had died slowly in chains and finally been picked clean while various body parts of other miscreants or just someone who was out of favour at the wrong time decorate bridges and pikes and fences everywhere And part of Shardlake’s assignment is to look after and transport a prisoner to London where he will be tortured in the tower Keep him alive long enough to be tortured Not what he had in mind for a career but he needs the moneyWhere was I Yes lest this sound like only misery and torture I must add that the story has plenty of intrigue plots suggested dalliances between the very young ueen 18 and her former suitors and some interesting personal developments between Shardlake Barak an elderly lawyer and Tamasin who thinks she’s the illegitimate daughter of a gentleman of importance And of course there is Shardlake's secret mission for the ArchbishopShardlake is always noticeably avoided because of his hunched back but Jack Barak can move in and out of pubs and chat to the locals But they are considered “southron heretics” so even he has to be careful The King has banned any signs of the old religion Catholic but the North hasn’t taken kindly to the message Shardlake doesn’t follow either side now but keeps that to himself Still when the King’s procession arrives and he stands with the lawyers to present the local cases he is overcomeIt was foolish I that had once had Thomas Cromwell for a friend and confronted Richard Rich and the Duke of Norfolk reduced to such a jelly Yet this was not an official or nobleman I was approaching now This was God’s anointed on earth Head of His Church guardian of the souls of three million subjects than human in his glory In those few seconds I believed it allIt's like a cult A cult devised to excuse divorce and eventually excused everything As Archbishop Cranmer says ‘The harsh measures the King takes are necessary Do not forget he is chosen by God appointed by Him to guide England into the paths of wisdom and truth’ I won’t dwell on the harsh measures but I will mention the author’s noteWhat is still true – astonishingly in the twenty first century – is that ueen Elizabeth II retains the title Henry VIII took for himself Supreme Governor of the Church of England Defender of the Faith and – in theory at least – God’s chosen representative in EnglandI’d rather her than Henry VIII as the British monarch I’m an Aussie and we’re still part of the Commonwealth but I look forward to reading of Matthew Shardlake’s adventures with that unpredictable dangerous ruler I love and recommend this series Just remove your nit picking language editor’s hat

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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 interrogationBut the murder of a York glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries connected CJ Sansom continues to develop his great set of historical mysteries all set during the Tudor era With Thomas Cromwell executed Matthew Shardlake is in definite limbo trying to distance himself from his one time superior while keeping a legal practice running effectively The Cromwell void is filled soon thereafter when Archbishop Cranmer turns to Shardlake and asks that he make his way to York where King Henry VIII will soon travel Still reeling from the clashes with the Crown York is a political zone that simmers with uncertainty reuiring that Shardlake and his new assistant Barak always watch themselves Arriving in York Shardlake senses that things may not be as troubling as Cranmer posited seeing a community ready to celebrate with their King However when the death of a local glazier appears to be foul play Shardlake and Barak cannot help but look into it for the sake of the country’s safety The victim appears to have fallen from a ladder but there is surely to it which is substantiated when Shardlake discovers a box of documents He and Barak ponder how to get into them and once opened the cache reveals something that Shardlake could not have imagined Documents discussing the Tudor bloodline and some mention of the past King Richard a close descendant to the current Henry VIII Before Shardlake can process what he has glimpsed he is attacked and the documents disappear With two mysteries to occupy his time Shardlake begins his own investigation though tries to keep the peace when the King arrives to celebrate with his subjects Dodging death on numerous occasions Shardlake begins to wonder if the murderer has a determination that will not be sated and seeks to reveal a stunning truth about the legitimacy of the Tudor line With Barak by his side Shardlake tries to piece it all together without becoming another victim while York remains a volatile spot for any southerner A well developed mystery that holds the reader’s attention until the final pages allowing Sansom to use history to his advantage Recommended for those who love a historical mystery particularly the reader with a passion for all things TudorThis is a wonderfully deep and intricate mystery series that forces me to think while also enjoying the narrative Steeped in history and developments of the time CJ Sansom chooses to educate while entertaining with a nuance filled narrative The story helped to open my eyes to some of the Tudor history particularly that during the War of the Roses with York at the centre of all Sansom also hinted at a little of the backstory related to Matthew Shardlake a welcome addition to any piece A gritty and determined legal mind Shardlake finds himself in the middle of upheaval with Henry VIII getting rid of the stain of Thomas Cromwell as he advances on his tumultuous search for a male heir by lusting for anything with breasts Shardlake must hold his tongue and forge onwards as best he can hoping that he is one step ahead of his critics throughout Sansom shows a man still humbled by his hunchback when exploring Matthew Shardlake taking some time to talk about a childhood that was tough when seen through the lens of other children less understanding of difference and wanting to carve out their own identity Still Shardlake faces adversity in this new land—York—where many challenge his veracity and capability as though his back is indicative of feeble mindedness Shardlake develops a strong attention to detail when it comes to the law as well as being a wonderful investigator Having moved the story so far away from London there are countless others whose presence throughout the novel help enrich the narrative particularly the contrast between northern and southern sentiment about many things These characters serve various purposes and the banter is highly educational while also keeping the reader from getting too serious about the reading experience Sansom has a wonderful way of weaving his characters into a glorious tapestry and will not disappoint The novel is strong and well paced opening yet Tudor and English history while uestioning what many feel they know Sansom captures these intricacies while offering a stellar mystery to keep the reader enthralled The novel is by no means out of the realm of any reader though its depth and analysis can sometimes give it a ‘deeper’ and ‘intense’ feel Peeling back the layers of history and the pace reuired to digest it all this is a wonderful story for the patient reader I am eager that I gave the series another chance and want to get to the core of the Sansom reading experience with Matthew Shardlake at its centre Kudos Mr Sansom for keeping the story strong and highly entertaining I cannot wait to see what you have in store next so I’ll rush to get my hands on another novel Lovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge

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SovereignNot 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 This is the third Matthew Shardlake novel following on from Dissolution and Dark Fire Shardlake is now a much established character with Jack Barak as his foil and sidekick and this is a much assured novel which considering how excellent the first two books are is very impressive It is 1541 and after the fall of Cromwell Shardlake has gone back to his law practice and has taken Barak on to work with him They are not the only ones to remember Thomas Cromwell though – it is rumoured that the King himself regrets losing such a loyal and competent servant Shardlake had hoped his days of being involved in the Court are behind him but he is asked by no less than Archbishop Cranmer who had been told by Cromwell himself of his discretion to escort a prisoner from York to LondonHenry is making a Progress in the North A conspirator Sir Edward Broderick is being sent from York to the Tower of London and Shardlake is told to ensure he arrives safely within the Tower walls However shortly after arriving in York Shardlake hears a scream and finds a glazier has been killed Before he dies he tells Shardlake “no child of Henry and Catherine Howard can ever be true heir” Unwillingly Shardlake is told to investigate by Maleverer; a crony of his old enemy Richard Rich Soon Shardlake is trapped in an unenviable situation – forced to deal with a conspiracy which strikes at the very heart of the succession to the throne embroiled in treason and with his life in increasing danger whilst also having to try to keep Broderick alive and well in order to face torture in London The characters in this novel are a mix of real and fictional but they are all so well cast that it is impossible to say which is which There is the sadistic jailer Radwinter Jennet Marlin a member of the ueen’s servants young Tamasin Reedbourne who catches Barak’s eye Lady Rochester – former wife of George Boleyn – the new young ueen Catherine who is way out of her depth the arrogant young men who surround her including Culpepper and Dereham and the elderly lawyer Giles Wrenne who befriends Shardlake Indeed Shardlake needs a friend in this book With Barak busy being in love under pressure from Maleverer and Rich with several attempts on his life and humiliated by King Henry himself this really makes you face the reality of the Tudor world We are taken behind the pomp to the backstage of Court life from the grandeur of the King to the vicious reality of power; even to the real fear and horror of torture in the dungeons beneath the Tower itself A wonderful read in a brilliant series