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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 . . . 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 his young ward, Hugh Curteys, by Sir Nicholas Hobbey, Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth. There, Shardlake also intends to investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettiplace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam. Once in Portsmouth, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city preparing for war. The mysteries surrounding the Hobbey family 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. Soon events will converge on board one of the king's great warships gathered in Portsmouth harbour, waiting to sail out and confront the approaching French fleet. . .
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Product details

  • Hardback | 640 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 56mm | 999.98g
  • Mantle
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405092734
  • 9781405092739
  • 35,651

About C. J. Sansom

C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. He lives in Sussex.
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During the reading of this book, I was rationing it, dreading to finish.The England of Henry V111 here, is a very uncertain time, and Shardlake is caught up in the battle, as well as trying to unravel the several conundums thrown his way.I was enthralled until the very end, never guessing the truth of the several mysteries our lawyer is trying to solve. The King in this book is sick but still feared, and the upper classes and 'nobles' continue to prey on those who are weak and powerless. I found the scene where Shardlake is introduced by the Queen, to the child, Elizabeth, who becomes Elizabeth the first, and the intelligent questions she asks, gives me hope that C.J.Sansom is planning further Shardlake books, with perhaps his integrity and wisdom, used in Elizabeth Regina's employ!? Here's hoping!show more
by Janice Margaret Warne
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