Tombland - The Shardlake series (Hardback)C. J. Sansom (author)
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Vividly imagining 16th-century England, Sansom’s peerless Shardlake series continues with a captivating mystery that threatens not only court and country, but those Matthew himself holds most dear.
Shardlake returns in Tombland, the seventh novel in C.J. Sansom’s acclaimed series.
Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos…
The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector, presiding over a collapsing economy, a draining, prolonged war with Scotland and growing discontent amongst the populace as the old religion is systematically wiped out by radical Protestants.
Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is a lawyer in the employ of Lady Elizabeth, the old King’s younger daughter. The gruesome murder of Elizabeth’s distant relative Edith Boleyn soon takes him and his assistant Nicholas Overton to Norwich where he is reunited with Overton’s predecessor Jack Barak. As another murder drags the trio into ever-more dangerous waters, Shardlake finds his loyalties tested as Barak throws in his lot with the exploding peasant rebellion and Overton finds himself prisoner in Norwich castle.
Simultaneously, Shardlake discovers that the murder of Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry...
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 880
Weight: 1112 g
Dimensions: 245 x 164 x 61 mm
'There is no doubt he has the rare knack of bringing the past to life in three dimensions... The honest Shardlake shines like a beacon in the [Tudor] muck.' - The Telegraph
'With the Shardlake series . . . Sansom has surely established himself as one of the best novelists around.' - Spectator
'When it comes to intriguing Tudor-based narratives, Hilary Mantel has a serious rival . . . A Scottish historian who had a career in law before turning to fiction, Sansom finds an ideal protagonist in Matthew Shardlake, the humane hunchbacked lawyer-sleuth, in his Tudor novels.' - The Sunday Times
'As always, Sansom conjures the atmosphere, costumes and smells of Tudor London with vigour, from the gilded halls of Whitehall Palace to the dungeons of the Tower.' - The Observer
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