Sovereign (The Shardlake series, 3)

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Sovereign (The Shardlake series, 3)

Sovereign (The Shardlake series, 3)

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The Great Progression occurred in 1541; King Henry, his court, servants, and a thousand soldiers left London for the northern city of York, a total of over 3,000 people. An excellent book, which again deepens our knowledge of Shardlake and our respect for him, and in this one we get to know Barak better and meet Tamasin, who will become a major character in the series as it goes on.

And we are given a gruesome glimpse into some of the torture methods Henry’s henchmen employed – it’ll be a while before I make another dental appointment, for sure. The moat is surrounded by reeds, and Radwinter explains that they are being gathered to make rushlights. The royal progress is heading for York – and so are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak. Tras la guerra de las dos Rosas y la derrota de la casa de York en Bosworth (1485) y con el advenimiento de los Tudor, el eje geopolítico, religioso y económico del reino se ha centralizado sobre manera en el sur, mientras que los condados del norte, yorkistas y muy apegados a sus tradiciones religiosas papistas, se han visto empobrecidos y relegados durante la primera mitad del siglo XVI. With Barak busy being in love, under pressure from Maleverer and Rich, with several attempts on his life and humiliated by King Henry himself, this really makes you face the reality of the Tudor world.These books are all too long but, once I got into the story, I found this one as difficult to put down as the other two. And behind it all, an old enemy waits in the wings, ready to unleash a plot that will scar the world forever. However, the Progress of 1541, when Henry VIII and his fifth wife Catherine Howard traveled to the hostile northern part of England, was anything but a casual visit. In this case, the King’s progress takes centre stage and we learn all about the massive organisation that went into it – not as an info dump, but naturally, as Shardlake himself learns about it. The papers are glimpsed by Shardlake before he is knocked unconscious by an unseen assailant who flees with the papers.

As I mentioned before, what sets this series apart from others that I have read are those exquisite details. I’d rather her than Henry VIII as the British monarch (I’m an Aussie, and we’re still part of the Commonwealth), but I look forward to reading more of Matthew Shardlake’s adventures with that unpredictable, dangerous ruler. A conspirator, Sir Edward Broderick, is being sent from York to the Tower of London and Shardlake is told to ensure he arrives safely within the Tower walls.Unless he could marry a younger woman who might provide an heir, the Tudor dynasty would die with him…And there were many of us who thought the only way to preserve true religion in England was for Queen Catherine to do what the Pope himself had suggested to her: go into a nunnery, allow the King to marry again…Foolish, obstinate woman.

Sovereign is the third in CJ Sansom’s Shardlake mystery series set in Tudor England and I found it every bit as good as the first two. Shardlake hadn't long been in York when a glazier was murdered and he found himself embroiled in mysteries which could have brought down the Tudor throne. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York.Yes, bones hanging from a loft where a man had died slowly, in chains, and finally been picked clean, while various body parts of other miscreants (or just someone who was out of favour at the wrong time) decorate bridges and pikes and fences everywhere. This is the third in this series and, with 658 pages split into 48 chapters, it is another brick of a book.

We see the story through Shardlake which keeps that tension going, although there are a few moments where he makes discoveries and choses not to share, keeping the reader waiting for a few pages.He and Barak ponder how to get into them and, once opened, the cache reveals something that Shardlake could not have imagined.

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