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ISBN13: 9780143120650
ISBN10: 0143120654
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Shardlake goes to war...

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. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, and England is in the grip of soaring inflation and economic crisis. 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 a young ward of the court, which have already involved one mysterious death, Shardlake and his assistant, Barak, journey to Portsmouth.

Once arrived, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city preparing to become a war zone; and Shardlake takes the opportunity to also investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettipace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam. The emerging mysteries around the young ward, and the events that destroyed Ellen's family nineteen years before, involve Shardlake in reunions with both an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne. Events will converge on board one of the King's great warships, primed for battle in Portsmouth harbour...

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The epic fifth novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series by the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion

Summer 1545. A massive French armada is threatening England, and Henry VIII has plunged the country into economic crisis to finance the war. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr has asked Matthew Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous" wrongs committed against a young ward of the court. As the French fleet approaches, Shardlake's inquiries reunite him with an old friend-and an old enemy close to the throne.

This fast-paced fifth installment in C. J. Sansom's "richly entertaining and reassuringly scholarly series" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review) will enchant fans of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The Other Boleyn Girl.

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The clever plotting and brilliantly evoked world of Heartstone—the fifth Matthew Shardlake mystery from bestselling author of Dominion, C. J. Sansom—will dazzle both mystery fans and Tudor history buffs.

Summer 1545. A massive French armada is threatening England, and Henry VIII has plunged the country into economic crisis to finance the war. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr has asked Matthew Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous" wrongs committed against a young ward of the court. As the French fleet approaches, Shardlake's inquiries reunite him with an old friend-and an old enemy close to the throne.

About the Author

C.J. Sansom worked as an attorney before becoming a full-time writer. In addition to the Matthew Shardlake series, Sansom is the author of the international bestseller Winter in Madrid. He lives in Brighton, England.

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Marjorie Madonne, March 3, 2012 (view all comments by Marjorie Madonne)
This is the most recent in C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mystery series, set during the reign of Henry VIII. It maintains the high standards Sansom has set in his previous Shardlake books, starting with Dissolution. In this one Shardlake is asked by Henry's new queen, Catherine Parr (whom he met in the last book, Revelation) to assist an old servant of hers, Bess Calfhill, whose son has committed suicide under mysterious circumstances.

Shardlake sets out for the southeast of England to pursue his investigations just as Henry is plunging the country into war with France. The country is alert for a possible French invasion, and the English ships are gathering in Portsmouth.

Sansom does a wonderful job of making history come alive in the context of a gripping story about characters you can really care about. His vivid description of thre famous sinking of Henry's great ship, the Mary Rose, in Portsmouth Harbor, is a highlight of this book.
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sassy, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by sassy)
Each of these books in the series by CJ Sansom is wonderful reading. Full of history and mystery, they're difficult to put down!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143120650
Author:
Sansom, C. J.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w map
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
7.78 x 5.22 x 1.19 in 0.94 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,

The epic fifth novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series by the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion

Summer 1545. A massive French armada is threatening England, and Henry VIII has plunged the country into economic crisis to finance the war. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr has asked Matthew Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous" wrongs committed against a young ward of the court. As the French fleet approaches, Shardlake's inquiries reunite him with an old friend-and an old enemy close to the throne.

This fast-paced fifth installment in C. J. Sansom's "richly entertaining and reassuringly scholarly series" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review) will enchant fans of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The Other Boleyn Girl.

"Synopsis" by ,

The clever plotting and brilliantly evoked world of Heartstone—the fifth Matthew Shardlake mystery from bestselling author of Dominion, C. J. Sansom—will dazzle both mystery fans and Tudor history buffs.

Summer 1545. A massive French armada is threatening England, and Henry VIII has plunged the country into economic crisis to finance the war. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr has asked Matthew Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous" wrongs committed against a young ward of the court. As the French fleet approaches, Shardlake's inquiries reunite him with an old friend-and an old enemy close to the throne.

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