Lamentation As Henry VIII Lies On His Deathbed, An Incendiary Manuscript Threatens To Tear His Court ApartSummer, King Henry VIII Is Slowly, Painfully Dying His Protestant And Catholic Councilors Are Engaged In A Final And Decisive Power Struggle Whoever Wins Will Control The Government As Heretics Are Hunted Across London, And Radical Protestants Are Burned At The Stake, The Catholic Party Focuses Its Attack On Henry S Sixth Wife And Matthew Shardlake S Old Mentor Queen Catherine ParrShardlake, Still Haunted By His Narrow Escape From Death The Year Before, Steps Into Action When The Beleaguered And Desperate Queen Summons Him To Whitehall Palace To Help Her Recover A Dangerous Manuscript The Queen Has Authored A Confessional Book, Lamentation Of A Sinner, So Radically Protestant That If It Came To The King S Attention It Could Bring Both Her And Her Sympathizers Crashing Down Although The Secret Book Was Kept Hidden Inside A Locked Chest In The Queen S Private Chamber, It Has Inexplicably Vanished Only One Page Has Been Recovered Clutched In The Hand Of A Murdered London PrinterShardlake S Investigations Take Him On A Trail That Begins Among The Backstreet Printshops Of London, But Leads Him And His Trusty Assistant Jack Barak Into The Dark And Labyrinthine World Of Court Politics, A World Shardlake Swore Never To Enter Again In This Crucible Of Power And Ambition, Protestant Friends Can Be As Dangerous As Catholic Enemies, And Those With Shifting Allegiances Can Be The Most Dangerous Of All CJ Sansom P Hachette Audio

Christopher John C.J Sansom is an English writer of crime novels He was born in 1952 and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor He practised for a while in Sussex as a lawyer for the disadvantaged, before quitting in order to work full time as a writer.He came to promi

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  • Hardcover
  • 656 pages
  • Lamentation
  • C.J. Sansom
  • English
  • 10 May 2018
  • 9780316254960

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  1. says:

    Without doubt, the Shardlake series is my favourite historical mystery series ever Having re read the earlier books, I started the latest with anticipation C J Sansom has created a word so realistic that, as soon as you begin reading, you are back in that era it is all waiting for you, from the Inns of Court, to Shardlake s house with his continuing problems of finding a steward he is comfortable with to the malevolent presence of a King, so unpredictable and feared that most people tend to practice their faith as Henry demands, regardless of his whims and changes, and simply keep their heads down We are made aware of what not doing what Henry demands can lead to at the very beginning of this book, when Shardlake is ordered to attend the burning of Mistress Anne Askew and three men on a summers day in July, 1546 Shardlake s life has changed since we last met him He has a new steward, Martin Brocket and his wife Agnes, to help Josephine and Timothy in the house, while Simon has gone to be apprenticed In his office, along with Skelly and the ever faithful Jack Barak, now a content husband and father, there is a new member Nicholas Overton, who begins the book as slightly immature and unsure young gentleman Meanwhile, Guy also has a new assistant, and there is a distinct coldness from Shardlake s old friend towards him, which causes the lawyer a deep sadness However, much will change in this novel to all our favourite characters, and new ones that we meet As always in a Shardlake novel, there is the main plot and one involving a legal case that he is involved with The side story this time involves a case that Shardlake is involved with concerning a feud between a brother and sister Mistress Isabel Slanning and her brother, Edward Cotterstone This will cause Shardlake problems by the end of the book, but the main storyline involves a far larger problem Despite Matthew Shardlake s vow that he wants a quiet life, he receives a summons to the palace, where Queen Catherine needs his help again She has written a religious book the Lamentations of the title which has been stolen from her private chamber Now she lives in fear that the book will be printed and made public by radicals The Court, as always, is a place of intrigue and fear and this is certainly echoed on the streets of the city Everyone is fearful, speaking in whispers and afraid of voicing political, or religious, opinions Lamentations could bring down the Queen and if she falls so could Shardlake.This novel has everything fans of the series will love Shardlake is again embroiled in conspiracy pitted against his old enemy Richard Rich in a search which will take him from the London docks to the Tower of London Henry is dying and, even weakened, his charisma is still a powerful tool in this novel Catherine herself seems to fear him, while Shardlake is still aware of the last time he drew the wrath of the king Shardlake himself, like many of the characters in this book, seem older and mature Aware that he has no wife, Shardlake is continually belittled and laughed at for his crookback and he is, as always, a slightly melancholy figure However, along with the old, we also meet new characters who will become extremely important in we hope further books These include the tantalising prospect of a young William Cecil, helping Lord Parr, the Queen s uncle, and the introduction of a young Princess Elizabeth Power, intrigue, heresy and fear make a heady mix and, as always, Shardlake finds himself involved in the highest powers of the land Along the way, you will be surprised, shocked and saddened, but I hope that we see books involving our favourite characters This is truly a masterpiece fiction at its finest for which I can only thank the author for creating a cast of characters I care about as though they were real which, for me, they are.

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    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.The De romanticization of Tudor England Lamentation by C.J SansomAre we born with the innate gift of writing stories I m not sure What I m pretty sure is that it takes than being born with a knack for words to write something worth reading There s no point for a writer to complain to the gods that she or he does not have the writing skills of Shakespeare, or Dickens, or Heinlein what a writer needs to do is to the best he she can with whatever gifts the writer may have, constantly striving with all one s soul to enhance the mastery of the craft That very well may be how all those great writers whose natural endowments we all envy had had to achieve their greatness Probably by constant study, practice, and sweaty hard work Shakespeare s first plays may have been better than anyone else s first plays, but even he didn t turn out Lear and Othello during his apprentice years.You can read the rest of this review elsewhere.

  3. says:

    C.J Sansom is at the top of his genre with this set of Tudor era historical mysteries By mixing legal conundrums with controversies of the time, the reader is easily transported back in time and enveloped in stories that resonate throughout the centuries England is at war again, though it is no sovereign state that has declared its opposition Rather, there is a religious clash that continues at a time when Henry VIII seeks to reunite with past foes While the Catholic Church of England clash remains controversial, the emergence of new and troubling Protestant organizations has English folk questioning their neighbours At the heart of things is Queen Catherine Parr herself, who has penned a manuscript about her own struggles, The Lamentations of a Sinner In it, Queen Catherine reveals many of her thoughts on religion, which could not only anger her husband, but pave the way for her execution The queen calls on Matthew Shardlake to attend her at Court, where he is tasked with covertly trying to discover what s happened to it, as it has gone missing More troubling, a local printer is found murdered with one of the manuscript s handwritten pages in his hand Shardlake realises that he must not only find a murderer, but the written document, doing so under veil of secrecy With a young man having joined the office to better understand the law, Shardlake may use him for investigative purposes while training him in the law As Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak, seek to find this manuscript, they soon discover bodies and eventually make the connection to a controversial religious group whose views prove to be at the heart of the religious clash Adding intrigue to the entire situation, Henry VIII is getting sicker by the day, meaning that both religious camps have the chance to make a play for the coming heir, Prince Edward Which side will prove victorious and can the highly scandalous writing keep Queen Catherine from losing the respect of her dying husband In a piece that explores some of the lesser known aspects of Tudor England, Sansom proves to be a rose amongst patches of clover Recommended to those who have come to love all things Sansom and readers who enjoy Tudor history There are so many pieces to the machinery of a Matthew Shardlake novel that the reader will have to pick and choose which suits them best C.J Sansom offers much on which the reader can feast and develops storylines throughout this well paced series Keeping history and mystery competing throughout, the reader can find what works best for them as they learn about the era and the series protagonist Matthew Shardlake is a wonderful central character whose development has not waned over the series While there is little mention of flashbacks, Shardlake has enough in his present to keep the reader enthralled A wonderful legal mind, many refuse to see this side of Shardlake, choosing to focus on his hunchback and writing him off as permanently impeded Struggling with memories of a horrible naval disaster that still haunts him and trying to define the relationship he has with Queen Catherine so as not to find himself jailed, Shardlake forges ahead with a preliminary case that usually finds itself taking a a backseat to the controversial events evolving throughout the narrative The reader is able to see many returning characters whose lives continue to develop, while also seeing new faces enrich the story as they shape the plot s direction The story was strong and kept my attention throughout, instilling wonder as England tries to define itself for a second time under Henry VIII Politics, religion, and regional power are intertwined in this piece, allowing C.J Sansom to effectively educate and entertain simultaneously While the series continues to develop, its key elements are in question and there is a sense of sectional finality by the epilogue A recently published seventh novel will surely help explore some of the questions left unresolved in true Tudor form.Kudos, Mr Sansom, for keeping Tudor history alive in this piece of historical fiction I hope new fans, like me, will discover this and lose themselves in the mastery you have of the genre Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge

  4. says:

    Another excellent book by C.J Sansom in the Matthew Shardlake series This is one of my favourite historical series Not just because Sansom writes about the period so well with the type of historical detail that makes you visualise the streets of London, the palaces and Inns of Court, but also because he writes such absorbing plots and interesting characters Even though this is a big book, there is never a moment when the pace drops off or the interest wanes.Henry VIII is near the end of his reign and is slowly dying when Shardlake is summoned by the Queen, Catherine Parr She has written a secret radical religious book called Lamentations of a Sinner that has been stolen and could see her put to death if discovered by the King Shardlake starts to secretly investigate the theft of the book and where it has gone but soon finds himself embroiled in other political plots and up against his old enemy, Richard Rich He will need every ounce of diplomacy and caution to escape with his own life Against this backdrop of high intrigue, Shardlake is dealing with a particularly difficult dispute between a brother and sister in his law practice and his home and social life continues to provide some problems With Henry s death towards the end of the book, Sansom leaves us with a strong hint of the direction which the next Shardlake episode will take, so I m looking forward to that with a high degree of anticipation

  5. says:

    Another remarkable book in this brilliant series This is number six and I very much hope that C.J Sansom is busy right now writing number seven This one may even be the best in the series so far despite the fact that everything that can go wrong does go wrong for our hero Matthew Shardlake Matthew is an unusual hero at the best of times, a hunch back lawyer with very little going for him physically However he is a very honorable man at a time when there was not much honour around which frequently leads him and his associates into deep trouble Lamentation takes place close to the end of the reign of Henry V111 while he is married to Catherine Parr and the court is a hot bed of underhand plots and schemes.Everyone who is anyone is trying to become a part of the group who will rule after Henry s demise and Matthew unfortunately becomes tangled in the webs of deceit.I enjoy every part of these books from the excellent characters to the wonderful descriptions of old London and all the historical detail I sincerely hope there will be books to come

  6. says:

    Have been saving this one up for a while now as its the latest in the series will leave me upto date waiting hopefully for a continuation in the series.Such a smooth narrator, as we get straight back into the saddle quickly we become reacquainted with the world of Master Serjeant Shardlake a lawyer in Tudor England in the era of the Great reformation You can smell the streets with the authenticity of the writing before you know it you are like 200 pages into the book as it s web draws you ever forward through its layers of plots intrigue Masterful stuff a great series of endings which did very much surprise me.As its a mystery based series I ll say very little as the likelihood of posting potential spoilers but suffice to say this is up there with my favourite series if not No.1 itself Not quite the full five but weighs in at 4.5 stars for me

  7. says:

    Shardlake is in top form The plot was develops fast with some very good twists Interesting tale about catholic traditionalists and protestant reformers under Henry VIII I really enjoyed this book.

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    Page 12 So this was Anne Askew, who had left her husband in Lincolnshire to come and preach in London, and said the consecrated wafer was no than a piece of bread, which would go mouldy like any other if left in a box Internet Shakespeare Editions Anne Askew s Examinations defies the constraints of gender and hierarchy, and attempts to expose patriarchal insecurity surrounding female involvement in traditionally male religious subjects.Anne Askew burned at the stake The image is provided by permission of the British Library.Page 40 I come from Whitehall Palace, from her majesty the Queen She begs you to see her Begs I answered in surprise Queens do not beg Page 48 Detail from The Family of Henry VIII, c 1545 Unknown artist, after Holbein Hampton Court Palace The Royal Collection.Page 69 Copy of Katherine s text, Lamentations of a Sinner, published in 1547 with her signature.More details are provided by Internet Shakespeare Editions.In Lamentation of a Sinner, Parr follows a pattern of confession and repentance, all the while stressing the importance of Christian Scripture, an emphasis which marks her work as a Reformation text When I consider in the bethinking of mine evil and wretched and former life mine obstinate, stony, and untractible heart to have so much exceeded in evilness that it hath not only neglected yea condemned and despised God s holy precepts and commandments, but also embraced, received, and esteemed vain, foolish, and feigned trifles, I am partly by the hate I owe to sin, whom I am content to edify even with the example of my own shame forced and constrained with my heart and words to confess and declare to my creator, and how beneficial, merciful, and gentle he hath been always to me his creature, being such a miserable, wretched 179 McKendrick, the Scottish soldier Curdy, the candlemaker Vandersteyn, the Dutch trader Religious radicals, meeting for potentially dangerous discussions Possibly sacramentarians , or even Anabaptists And somehow, the Lamentation had come into Greening s hands Even if the main plot is centered on the search of Catherine Parr s stolen manuscript, the death of Anne Askew is also investigated by Matthew Shardlake since she was the only woman recorded to have been tortured in the Tower of London As Queen Catherine, she also wrote a dangerous manuscript The Examinations.As the previous books of this series, the author intertwines into the narrative very accurate historical facts thus given realistic aspects even if we are dealing with a fiction book The historical characters are quite well known to the readers but they come to life in the hands of CJ Sansom Matthew Shardlake series 4 Dissolution5 Revelation4 Sovereign4 Dark Fire5 LamentationTBR Heartstone5 Winter in MadridTBR Dominion

  9. says:

    It wasn t until I was almost half way through this book that I began to enjoy it The first part of the book felt like scene setting before the plot finally kicked off and we went for a run away ride that was utterly gripping Issues included political machinations and intrigue in high places frightening tales of religious persecution a wonderfully eccentric legal case that Shardlake s law firm was dealing with the gossipy and sweet charms of Shardlake s home lifeThere is also a marvellous immersion in Tudor culture This was not as strong for me in this book as it has been in his previous novels, but is still an attractive feature of the book Sampsom s descriptions are powerful the fat, sick and angry mountain of a man that is Henry VIII the treatment and then death by fire of three people who refused to support the idea of the Eucharist as the body of Christ the poisonous anger and prejudice of Shardlake s client Isabel Slanning the rare beauty and wealth of Whitehall Palace the fear generated by The Tower of London the politics of the Inns of Court where Shardlake works, and intimately, the lives of the people in his law firm His treatment and caring towards them is one of his finest features.This and numerous other cameos weave together to create a masterful picture of sixteenth century London and its people Ultimately the emphasis is on people Sansom has a marvellous ability to bring his characters to life, and they all have great integrity even characters like Isabel Slanning who hover on the edge of madness His characters are palpable and fascinating, and for me hugely pleasurable.The first part of the book was a slog one star , the second part was a huge un put downable pleasure five stars I think it is well worth sitting out the slog for the joys of the rest of the book.

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