Lamentation: A Shardlake Novel

by C. J. Sansom | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0345815432 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbookstogivewing of Springville, Tennessee USA on 10/26/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbookstogivewing from Springville, Tennessee USA on Thursday, October 26, 2017
I got this book just for Bookcrossing and will read and or release, I don't know which yet!

Journal Entry 2 by wingbookstogivewing at Springville, Tennessee USA on Friday, December 15, 2017
Lamentation is the sixth book in the Matthew Shardlake series. Shardlake is a hunchbacked lawyer in the time of Henry VIII. This book involves a mystery with the King's last wife, Catherine Parr.

Parr writes a small book called Lamentation of a Sinner about her personal faith. The book, kept under lock and key, disappears which is quite troubling. Henry is in a period of regret about leaving the Church and the search for heretics is going strong again. Queen Catherine is afraid that her book could be considered heretical. Shardlake is brought in to find the book secretly and possibly save the Queen's life.

The book opens with the horrific burning of Anne Askew and three other suspected heretics. Shardlake has to attend in his role as a lawyer. Askew has left her husband and two children to come to London and preach on the new faith. There she comes to attention to of authorities and is arrested. She is given a somewhat mock trial and sent to the Tower of London where she is racked and cannot feed herself or walk. She has written her story down and gets one of her jailer to smuggle it out of the tower.

Now the search is on to find the copy of her treatment and the two investigations merge into one as Shardlake hunts them down.

King Henry was married to two different wives of strong Protestant leanings, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Parr. They were able to influence Henry as much as it was possible. While Henry leaned toward the Protestant faith he never really completely gave up the Catholic religion.

I think this is one of the very best series out there if you like historical mysteries. I am not sure how much is mystery and how much is political intrigue but that's OK. I can not recommend this more highly and I have numerous times.

Journal Entry 3 by wingbookstogivewing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, December 15, 2017

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Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, December 29, 2017
The book arrived safely on this freezing cold day - many thanks! I really love this series - one of the best historical-mystery series out there!

Later: This novel follows the events of Heartstone, and is (so far) the final book in the series. But while it does wrap up some characters' storylines fairly neatly by the end - not without considerable cost - it leaves others hanging, and focuses on the final days of Henry VIII and the attendant political and social turmoil, both as it affects the country and as it threatens and challenges our heroes...

The title, and the core of the plot, has to do with Queen Catherine Parr's religious confessional book - one that emphasizes her Protestant beliefs. Given that Henry broke with Rome over the whole divorce issue several wives ago, it may seem odd to modern readers that he would take exception to this, but he considered himself a loyal son of the Catholic church through his life, and in his final days he showed a tendency towards wanting to return to the fold. Catherine's enemies want to use her book to cause a breach with the King - though, at this point, it seems risky to rock the boat; he really doesn't have much time left.

I prefer the personal and scenic bits of the story to the political and religious ones, but Sansom weaves them all together very well. Matthew's attempts to aid the queen - for whom he has a bit of a crush; poor guy never can get his timing right with regard to women - may put his career or even his life at risk, but he's willing to give it his all. And the growing suspense as to which set of plans will triumph and whether the King will hold on long enough to put his own oar in is quite riveting!

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Marrett Rd (see notes) in Lexington, Massachusetts USA on Monday, April 09, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (4/9/2018 UTC) at Marrett Rd (see notes) in Lexington, Massachusetts USA


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