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Sovereign: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries) (original: 2006; edição: 2008)

de C. J. Sansom

Séries: Matthew Shardlake (3)

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The year is 1541, and harsh autumn winds stir the English countryside. Following a violent uprising, King Henry VIII travels to York, where an important prisoner will be interrogated. Lawyer Matthew Shardlake is assigned to protect this conspirator, but he soon discovers a greater conspiracy threatening the crown.… (mais)
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Título:Sovereign: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries)
Autores:C. J. Sansom
Informação:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2008), Paperback, 592 pages
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Sovereign de C. J. Sansom (2006)

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    bookfitz: A novel from the same time period. The story follows the rise of Thomas Cromwell in the court of King Henry VIII.
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Loved it! ( )
  lynnbyrdcpa | Dec 7, 2020 |
Since this one was set mostly in York, Matthew was more vulnerable and more of an outsider than usual.

I thought the history about the Royal Progress was fascinating, but am deducting a star for the very distressing section towards the end, which I had to skim over. I have appreciated the fact that these novels cover the horrors of life in Tudor England without giving me nightmares, but this instalment was a little graphic for me. ( )
  pgchuis | Oct 17, 2020 |
obvious plot devices ( )
  farrhon | May 7, 2020 |
This is the third Shardlake book, the lawyer with a hunchback who has a knack for solving the most difficult of crimes and puzzles.

Archbishop Cranmer asks Shardlake to be responsible for the welfare of a conspirator called Broderick and to escort him from York to London. also approaching York at the time is Henry VIII on his progress, a tour of the rebellious North to seek new oaths from the people there and to show force to limit any armed uprisings too.

Shortly after he arrives a glazier dies after falling from a ladder. It is suspected murder, but nothing is proven, suspicious though it is. He is asked to report to Sir William Maleverer whilst in York, and the suspicions increase with every event. On investigation they discover a box of documents that imply that Henry does not have a valid claim on the throne, but these are stolen before them can be passed to the privy council.

Shardlake is asked to petition the king, the ritual of handing over requests for judgement by the king, and is humiliated by him.

Shardlake's life is threatened several times, by persons unknown, and the prisoner in his care has attempts made on his life too. The northern people do not trust Henry VIII, and as Shardlake uncovers a plot to dispose the king, he is subject to lots of scrutiny by the privy council, via Maleverer. He is threatened by his old adversary Sir Richard Rich, with whom he he has an outstanding case to resolve when he returns to London.

All of this builds to a thrilling ending, with twists and turns right to the last few pages.

This is a classic Shardlake mystery. There are layers of suspicion and intrigue with several sub plots taking place. There are puzzles, and ongoing conflict that you know are going to be carried over to the next book. Sansom has ramped up the danger that Shardlake is in too, and the suspense in the book is palpable at times.

Great historical fiction, tied in with a likeable main character makes for a great read. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
‘Sovereign’ by CJ Sansom is third in the Matthew Shardlake series and the best so far. Taking true events –Henry VIII’s Royal Progress to York in 1541, the northern rebellion against the crown and the rumours of Queen Catherine’s infidelity – Sansom writes a complex story of rebels, betrayal, bastards and inheritance that keeps one more page turning.
Lawyer Shardlake is in York at the bequest of Archbishop Cranmer ostensibly to present legal petitions to the King, but he also has a secret task. To watch over the welfare of a Yorkist prisoner, ensuring the man is kept alive and able to be interrogated in London. Shardlake agrees reluctantly, aware he will be keeping alive a man destined for torture and the rack. But a series of odd events make him question his role in York and whether his life is in danger. This is a densely plotted novel with many clues and dead ends as Shardlake tries to find answers – to the murder of a local glazier removing glass from church windows, to an old legend about royal succession, to the connivings and hidden intentions of some of the ladies employed by the Queen, and why an old enemy is rousing dissent against Shardlake. As always, he is determined to stay on the side of what is right; which lands him in trouble. At his side, Barak defends his master and cautions him to stop annoying powerful people by asking difficult questions and failing to fall into line. But this is the reason Shardlake is so popular with readers; when his hunched back is ridiculed by the king, no less, it made me want to shout out aloud.
The mid-sixteenth century is a dark point in history with an arrogant and obsessive king, an obsequious court, and corruption everywhere. Set mostly in York, this novel has a different feel to the previous two. The politics of the time saw Yorkshire punished for its support of the House of York and its opposition to the Tudors, there was much poverty, starvation and injustice. So, fertile ground for Sansom to use as the basis for ‘Sovereign’, writing period detail with the tension of a modern thriller as Shardlake questions his own beliefs and values. Uncomfortable reading in places, doing the right thing is sometimes easy to talk about but not always easy to do.
Very good. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
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  Sandradan1 | Nov 12, 2019 |
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"Tension is kept up as the lawyer's compassion for the conspirator wars with his sense of duty in this craftsmanlike piece of historical fiction."
adicionado por bookfitz | editarThe Independent, Jane Jakeman (Aug 27, 2006)
 
"As always, former lawyer Sansom (Dark Fire, 2005, etc.) fleshes out the detection with rich historic details presented at a stately pace."
 

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