The epic fifth novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series by the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion Summer 1545. A massive French armada is threatening England, and Henry VIII has plunged the country into economic crisis to finance the war. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr has asked Matthew Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous" wrongs committed against a young ward of the court. As the French fleet approaches, Shardlake's inquiries reunite him with an old friend-and an old enemy close to the throne. This fast-paced fifth installment in C. J. Sansom's "richly entertaining and reassuringly scholarly series" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review) will enchant fans of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The Other Boleyn Girl.
- Paperback | 633 pages
- 129.54 x 195.58 x 35.56mm | 385.55g
- 21 Dec 2011
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- Penguin USA
- New York, NY, United States
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"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
About C J Sansom
C. J. Sansom, the internationally bestselling author of the novels Winter in Madrid and Dominion and the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series, earned a Ph.D. in history and was a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer.