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Lamentation - C.J. Sansom
Lamentation
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Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical... show more
Summer, 1546.
King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr.

Shardlake, still haunted by events aboard the warship Mary Rose the year before, is working on the Cotterstoke Will case, a savage dispute between rival siblings. Then, unexpectedly, he is summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his old patron, the now beleaguered and desperate Queen.

For Catherine Parr has a secret. She has written 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. But, although the book was kept secret and hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen's private chamber, it has - inexplicably - vanished. Only one page has been found, clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer.
Shardlake's investigations take him on a trail that begins among the backstreet printshops of London but leads him and Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of the politics of the royal court; a world he had sworn never to enter again. Loyalty to the Queen will drive him into a swirl of intrigue inside Whitehall Palace, where Catholic enemies and Protestant friends can be equally dangerous, and the political opportunists, who will follow the wind wherever it blows, more dangerous than either.

The theft of Queen Catherine's book proves to be connected to the terrible death of Anne Askew, while his involvement with the Cotterstoke litigants threatens to bring Shardlake himself to the stake.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780230744196 (0230744192)
Publisher: Mantle
Pages no: 650
Edition language: English
Series: Matthew Shardlake (#6)
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Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it
5.0 Lamentation by CJ Sansom
It is no secret that I adore CJ Sansom's Matthew Shardlake series. You all know it. My kids know it. I should probably start a fan club. This book is one more reason to get your hands on some Team Matthew paraphernalia.The story in this installment of Matthew's story brings him in contact, once agai...
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady rated it
5.0 Lamentation, by C.J. Sansom
Another wonderful volume in C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series of historical mysteries, set in Tudor London. (The first is Dissolution.) This one is set in 1546, as Henry VIII is dying, there is a heresy hunt on at court, and Anne Askew is being burned at the stake in London. Queen Catherine Parr is...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
5.0 Lamentation by C.J. Sansom
bookshelves: autumn-2014, published-2014, series, tudor, religion, books-about-books-and-book-shops, mystery-thriller, execution, ipad, bedside Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Pat Read from June 26, 2013 to November 22, 2014 ** spoiler alert ** Copy of Katherine's text, Lamentations of a Sinner, p...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it
5.0 "Lamentation" by C.J. Sansom
Are we born with the innate gift of writing stories? I’m not sure. What I’m pretty sure is that it takes more 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,...
AnnaMatsuyama
AnnaMatsuyama rated it
Lamentation is the 6th book in the series and starts approximately a year after the events of Heartstone. Shardlake (44) is taken into Queen's confidence and the adventure begins. Who (and why) stole Queen's manuscript? Barak was not prominent in the first part of the book, [spoiler] and I think he...
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