Heartstone - The Shardlake series (Paperback)C. J. Sansom (author)
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Heartsone is C. J. Sansom's fifith spellbinding mystery inthe Shardlake series.
Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, and England is in the grip of soaring inflation and economic crisis.
Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of "monstrous wrongs" committed against a young ward of the court, which have already involved one mysterious death, Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth.
Once arrived, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city preparing to become a war zone; and Shardlake takes the opportunity to also investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettiplace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam. The emerging mysteries around the young ward, and the events that destroyed Ellen's family nineteen years before, involve Shardlake in reunions both with an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne. Events will converge on board one of the King's great warships, primed for battle in Portsmouth harbour . . .
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 768
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 198 x 131 x 46 mm
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“A decent historical yarn...”
Although I didn't find this quite as gripping as the other Shardlake books I have read, 'Heartstone' is still a thrilling read and plunges you into the brutal world of Tudor England.
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“The long wait was well worth it!”
His books get better and better. This one kept me sane whilst in hospital and there is a waiting list with friends and family. Very well researched -so much info re how all classes of people lived with the bonus of... More
“Binge Reading, guilty!”
I began with Dissoloution last week and finished with Heartstone yesterday! What a fantastic and rich series. I do think Heartstone is the weakest of the series but it is still a great read. The characters develop in... More
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