Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake Series #3)

Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake Series #3)

by C. J. Sansom
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Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best aspect of this novel is that it is seen through the eyes of Sansom's main character,a hunchback lawyer, who has brilliant deductive powers and an almost photographic memory, in the service of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the only fully developed "famous" historical figure in the story. This is the third Matthew Shardlake mystery and while I recommend reading them in order, the novels largely stand alone. Matthew Shardlake has two missions in York: the first is to assist with legal petitions to the King, the second is a secret commission on behalf of Archbishop Cranmer. Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer in London who is sent to York ostensibly to handle legal petitions when the King visits on his great Progress; but also on a clandestine assignment from the great Archbishop Cranmer himself - to guard over a prisoner's well-being so he can be safely taken back to London and face the experts in the Tower who will administer his interrogation. Chaos ensues early on when a glazier is murdered and Shardlake overhears a dying man's last words that may have secret meaning. When attempts are made on Shardlake's life, it seems no one can be trusted and everyone is a suspect.  Matthew Shardlake is as admirable and likeable as ever. He has an abnormally curved back which makes him the butt of cruel jokes, but his deformity has not robbed him of his self-respect. His keen intellect and determination propel him to disregard his personal safety in order to bring a murderer to justice. Shardlake and Jack make a solid team: Matthew has experience, a thorough knowledge of the law, and patience; what Barak lacks in seasoning and judgment he makes up for in loyalty, courage, and strength. Jack looks up to Matthew, who has taught the younger man to venerate learning and behave with integrity. Recommended to all who like mysteries based in history.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I love all of CJ Sansom's books I thought this is the best one. I highly recommend it. I wish the author would write more in the series. They are wonderful books...I give them as gifts.
Mosher_Man_from_Mars More than 1 year ago
I am hooked! This is the sad part of finding an excellent series like this: I have now completed the third installment and only have two to go with no news of a sixth book! - alas! to have loved and lost... England during the 16th century has long been a fascination of mine. Short of a time machine this is the best way to visit! Imagine the tumult to the populous King Henry caused when he told the Pope to take a hike! Granted this is the Protestant Reformation and the world was ready for a change, but to live through that change. I would love to see this series or at least spin-off series surf through the tumult after Henry VIII dies. There is the nine day reign of Queen Jane; Bloody Mary as she tries to subjugate England under Spain; and the touch-and-go start Queen Elizabeth's reign. Then there is Elizabeth's rise beginning the British Empire, upon which the sun never set! The rumors that sir Francis Bacon is indeed Elizabeth's son, etc... And through all of that societal upheaval and tumult stands the unassuming Matthew Shardlake. (This is very close to the beginnings of the middle class.) It is here where the story gets its sole. Matthew begins the series as an Idealist finding his cause in the reform movements. As the series progresses, Matthew sees first hand how power corrupts. He modifies his philosophy the best he is able seeing good on both sides of the Papist - Reformist struggle. Leaving himself but a razor's edge to walk upon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read first 2 books in this series and am in love with the setting and characters. This is how I enjoy learning history....throw in a good mystery or romance along with actual facts and I absorb all. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading DISSOLUTION and DARK FIRE I eagerly awaited the 3rd novel in this enjoyable series and certainly wasn't disappointed with SOVEREIGN. It is a superior read with an exciting plot, believable characters and a "you are there" description of Tudor England. I found the scene with Matthew in the Tower totally nerve-racking -- no pun intended. I sincerely hope Mr. Sansom is considering another adventure for Matthew and Jack.
Last-Minute-Linda More than 1 year ago
I have read the whole series. Matthew Sharlake is my favorite "detective"!
bwatts4 More than 1 year ago
Every book in this series held my attention in a way that most mystery/crime books no longer can do. I loved every minute of the reading and stayed up late when I couldn't put the book down.
Techno-Gnome More than 1 year ago
I love these books!!! When does this one arrive as an ebook? I can't go any further until I read this one and I want it for my Nook with all the rest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another well written book from this author. Sovereign picks up the story where Dark Fire left off. A book that is worth the time and money. The series is started by Dissolution Dark fire Sovereign
Bookish1KP More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read in years! Wonderful!
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Doodus More than 1 year ago
I have read the first two Matthew Shardlake mysteries and find that they are outstanding. Series #3 is the best yet. The attention to detail and the historic research put into his books is just outstanding and would be well worth reading for that alone. The great part about it is that the mystery surrounding the history is also well thought out and researched. Shardlake is a great character. I enjoy reading these books and only hope that the author continues with this series. I have also purchased Series #4 and look forward to reading it. The most interested part of this was the logistics of making a royal trip on land. You won't be disappointed.
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