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    Heartstone (Shardlake Series) (Paperback) By (author) C. J. Sansom

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    DescriptionIt's 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 Fettipace, 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...


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    Title
    Heartstone
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) C. J. Sansom
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 450
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 52 mm
    Weight: 821 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780230744158
    ISBN 10: 023074415X
    Classifications

    DC22: FIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC E4L: CRI
    DC22: 823.92
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    Ingram Subject Code: FM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/16CNTY
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: EV086
    Ingram Theme: SEAS/SUMMER
    BISAC V2.8: FIC022060
    BIC subject category V2: FFH
    Thema V1.0: FFH
    Illustrations note
    maps (some col.)
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Mantle
    Publication date
    04 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. He lives in Sussex.
    Review quote
    "Engrossing." -- "The Spectator" (UK) " ""Atmospheric and erudite . . . . Not since Umberto Eco penned The Name of the Rose has a historical crime novelist captured so perfectly a people and their place, and harnessed them with such intelligence and credibility to shadowy tales of politics, misdeeds, murder and mystery." -- "Lancashire Evening Post " "An enthralling historical crime novel packed with details of life in Tudor England. Highly recommended." -- "Irish Independent ""Compulsively readable and highly satisfying. . . . An entirely engrossing novel with an intriguing twist." -- "Daily Express " "This wonderful Tudor-era series is must reading for any devotee of historical mysteries." -- Margaret Cannon, "The Globe and Mail" "Another fascinating story from a gifted author." -- "London Free Press" "A rousing tour de force of period re-creation, testifying to Sansom's fascination with history. . . . Like all the