Tombland

Tombland

Spring, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos . . .The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous Spring, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos . . .The nominal king, Edward VI, is...

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Title:Tombland
Author:C.J. Sansom
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Genres:Historical
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:866 pages pages

Tombland Reviews

  • Jamie Collins
    Feb 18, 2019

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

    Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find ...

    Tombland is the most unexpected release for me this year as I thought Lamentation, the sixth book, was the last in his Shardlake Series. This now has to be the most anticipated book of the year for me, and I was very excited to receive a copy to review. Set in 1549, three years aft...

    I love all the Shardlake books, and this one fits my bill. Less focused on the Machiavellian world of high politics this is a broader strokes look at the period of history and the turbulent social upheaval, revolts and changing landscape of society as well as still showing the gener...

    I was really looking forward to this one, fearing that the Shardlake tales would end with the death of Henry VIII. I don't know whether there was too much anticipation, but I found myself speed reading too many sections for this to warrant more than 3 stars. Young Edward is on the t...

    Shardlake as always is magnificent but this is not just another Shardlake mystery. It describes the little known events after Henry's death through the eyes of the main protagonists of the time and seamlessly weaves the fictional and factual into a fascinating story of the populist upr...

    This is a very long novel, based on primary and secondary sources with notes and a bibliography. ?Tombland? is an area within the city of Norwich and there?s a street plan on the endpapers of my hardback edition, showing the layout of Norwich and the position of Mousehole Heath i...

    3.5 stars. This is half murder mystery, half historical reenactment of the 1549 Kett Rebellion in Norfolk, England. It's very long and occasionally plodding, but if you liked the previous Shardlake books then you should like this one. It's set during the short reign of Edward VI, wh...

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Sep 17, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

  • Annet
    Nov 29, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

  • AdiTurbo
    Dec 31, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

    Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find ...

  • Margaret
    Nov 29, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

    Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find ...

    Tombland is the most unexpected release for me this year as I thought Lamentation, the sixth book, was the last in his Shardlake Series. This now has to be the most anticipated book of the year for me, and I was very excited to receive a copy to review. Set in 1549, three years aft...

    I love all the Shardlake books, and this one fits my bill. Less focused on the Machiavellian world of high politics this is a broader strokes look at the period of history and the turbulent social upheaval, revolts and changing landscape of society as well as still showing the gener...

    I was really looking forward to this one, fearing that the Shardlake tales would end with the death of Henry VIII. I don't know whether there was too much anticipation, but I found myself speed reading too many sections for this to warrant more than 3 stars. Young Edward is on the t...

    Shardlake as always is magnificent but this is not just another Shardlake mystery. It describes the little known events after Henry's death through the eyes of the main protagonists of the time and seamlessly weaves the fictional and factual into a fascinating story of the populist upr...

    This is a very long novel, based on primary and secondary sources with notes and a bibliography. ?Tombland? is an area within the city of Norwich and there?s a street plan on the endpapers of my hardback edition, showing the layout of Norwich and the position of Mousehole Heath i...

  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Oct 26, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

  • Susan Johnson
    Nov 14, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

  • Kate
    Sep 19, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

  • Tanja Berg
    Nov 16, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

  • Ingrid
    Dec 20, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

  • Richard Pierce
    Oct 31, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

  • Darren Darker
    Jan 12, 2019

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

    Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find ...

    Tombland is the most unexpected release for me this year as I thought Lamentation, the sixth book, was the last in his Shardlake Series. This now has to be the most anticipated book of the year for me, and I was very excited to receive a copy to review. Set in 1549, three years aft...

    I love all the Shardlake books, and this one fits my bill. Less focused on the Machiavellian world of high politics this is a broader strokes look at the period of history and the turbulent social upheaval, revolts and changing landscape of society as well as still showing the gener...

    I was really looking forward to this one, fearing that the Shardlake tales would end with the death of Henry VIII. I don't know whether there was too much anticipation, but I found myself speed reading too many sections for this to warrant more than 3 stars. Young Edward is on the t...

    Shardlake as always is magnificent but this is not just another Shardlake mystery. It describes the little known events after Henry's death through the eyes of the main protagonists of the time and seamlessly weaves the fictional and factual into a fascinating story of the populist upr...

    This is a very long novel, based on primary and secondary sources with notes and a bibliography. ?Tombland? is an area within the city of Norwich and there?s a street plan on the endpapers of my hardback edition, showing the layout of Norwich and the position of Mousehole Heath i...

    3.5 stars. This is half murder mystery, half historical reenactment of the 1549 Kett Rebellion in Norfolk, England. It's very long and occasionally plodding, but if you liked the previous Shardlake books then you should like this one. It's set during the short reign of Edward VI, wh...

    Few authors can successfully maintain the quality of a series of historical novels as C J Sansom has. I have greatly enjoyed the previous six books of the Shardlake series but I think this is the best yet. Shardlake himself, the central character, is a fascinating personality. He is...

    I'm a huge Shardlake fan. I love CJ Sansoms hunchback legal detective. Sansoms meticulous research and his way of communicating it within the story line without making it feel like an information dump. Sansom seemed to wind the series up in the last novel so I was pleasantly surprised ...

  • Tracey Sinclair
    Nov 14, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

  • Emma
    Nov 03, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

  • Phrynne
    Jan 02, 2019

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

  • Peter
    Feb 10, 2019

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

  • Leah
    Oct 24, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

  • Andrew Smith
    Dec 31, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

    Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find ...

    Tombland is the most unexpected release for me this year as I thought Lamentation, the sixth book, was the last in his Shardlake Series. This now has to be the most anticipated book of the year for me, and I was very excited to receive a copy to review. Set in 1549, three years aft...

    I love all the Shardlake books, and this one fits my bill. Less focused on the Machiavellian world of high politics this is a broader strokes look at the period of history and the turbulent social upheaval, revolts and changing landscape of society as well as still showing the gener...

    I was really looking forward to this one, fearing that the Shardlake tales would end with the death of Henry VIII. I don't know whether there was too much anticipation, but I found myself speed reading too many sections for this to warrant more than 3 stars. Young Edward is on the t...

    Shardlake as always is magnificent but this is not just another Shardlake mystery. It describes the little known events after Henry's death through the eyes of the main protagonists of the time and seamlessly weaves the fictional and factual into a fascinating story of the populist upr...

    This is a very long novel, based on primary and secondary sources with notes and a bibliography. ?Tombland? is an area within the city of Norwich and there?s a street plan on the endpapers of my hardback edition, showing the layout of Norwich and the position of Mousehole Heath i...

    3.5 stars. This is half murder mystery, half historical reenactment of the 1549 Kett Rebellion in Norfolk, England. It's very long and occasionally plodding, but if you liked the previous Shardlake books then you should like this one. It's set during the short reign of Edward VI, wh...

    Few authors can successfully maintain the quality of a series of historical novels as C J Sansom has. I have greatly enjoyed the previous six books of the Shardlake series but I think this is the best yet. Shardlake himself, the central character, is a fascinating personality. He is...

    I'm a huge Shardlake fan. I love CJ Sansoms hunchback legal detective. Sansoms meticulous research and his way of communicating it within the story line without making it feel like an information dump. Sansom seemed to wind the series up in the last novel so I was pleasantly surprised ...

    A massive book, and a strange one. It begins as a classic murder mystery, albeit set in the wonderfully described setting of Tudor England with a thorough background of the religious and social issues of the day, and Shardlake begins gathering the facts of the case and encountering a w...

  • Thebooktrail
    Oct 18, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

  • Charles Haworth
    Nov 06, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

    Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find ...

    Tombland is the most unexpected release for me this year as I thought Lamentation, the sixth book, was the last in his Shardlake Series. This now has to be the most anticipated book of the year for me, and I was very excited to receive a copy to review. Set in 1549, three years aft...

    I love all the Shardlake books, and this one fits my bill. Less focused on the Machiavellian world of high politics this is a broader strokes look at the period of history and the turbulent social upheaval, revolts and changing landscape of society as well as still showing the gener...

  • Emma
    Nov 02, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

  • John Wiltshire
    Nov 18, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

  • Laura Spira
    Jan 06, 2019

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

    Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find ...

    Tombland is the most unexpected release for me this year as I thought Lamentation, the sixth book, was the last in his Shardlake Series. This now has to be the most anticipated book of the year for me, and I was very excited to receive a copy to review. Set in 1549, three years aft...

    I love all the Shardlake books, and this one fits my bill. Less focused on the Machiavellian world of high politics this is a broader strokes look at the period of history and the turbulent social upheaval, revolts and changing landscape of society as well as still showing the gener...

    I was really looking forward to this one, fearing that the Shardlake tales would end with the death of Henry VIII. I don't know whether there was too much anticipation, but I found myself speed reading too many sections for this to warrant more than 3 stars. Young Edward is on the t...

    Shardlake as always is magnificent but this is not just another Shardlake mystery. It describes the little known events after Henry's death through the eyes of the main protagonists of the time and seamlessly weaves the fictional and factual into a fascinating story of the populist upr...

    This is a very long novel, based on primary and secondary sources with notes and a bibliography. ?Tombland? is an area within the city of Norwich and there?s a street plan on the endpapers of my hardback edition, showing the layout of Norwich and the position of Mousehole Heath i...

    3.5 stars. This is half murder mystery, half historical reenactment of the 1549 Kett Rebellion in Norfolk, England. It's very long and occasionally plodding, but if you liked the previous Shardlake books then you should like this one. It's set during the short reign of Edward VI, wh...

    Few authors can successfully maintain the quality of a series of historical novels as C J Sansom has. I have greatly enjoyed the previous six books of the Shardlake series but I think this is the best yet. Shardlake himself, the central character, is a fascinating personality. He is...

  • Debs Carey
    Nov 02, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

    Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find ...

    Tombland is the most unexpected release for me this year as I thought Lamentation, the sixth book, was the last in his Shardlake Series. This now has to be the most anticipated book of the year for me, and I was very excited to receive a copy to review. Set in 1549, three years aft...

    I love all the Shardlake books, and this one fits my bill. Less focused on the Machiavellian world of high politics this is a broader strokes look at the period of history and the turbulent social upheaval, revolts and changing landscape of society as well as still showing the gener...

    I was really looking forward to this one, fearing that the Shardlake tales would end with the death of Henry VIII. I don't know whether there was too much anticipation, but I found myself speed reading too many sections for this to warrant more than 3 stars. Young Edward is on the t...

  • Stephen Robert Collins
    Nov 02, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

  • Beata
    Nov 04, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

  • Victoria
    Oct 29, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

  • Juliet Bookliterati
    Oct 18, 2018

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

    Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find ...

    Tombland is the most unexpected release for me this year as I thought Lamentation, the sixth book, was the last in his Shardlake Series. This now has to be the most anticipated book of the year for me, and I was very excited to receive a copy to review. Set in 1549, three years aft...

  • Clemens Schoonderwoert
    Jan 29, 2019

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

  • ColinH1
    Jan 19, 2019

    My life will change utterly Since my sinful eyes saw this noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime fiction, of the highest quality and entertaining value. Sansom is without dou...

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himself admits, the Rebellion is not as famous as the Peasants? Revolt of 1381. We are pre...

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while to write 850 perfect pages! Takes a while to read them too:) No skimming allowed or ev...

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder mystery. It certainly failed in its aim to be both. The apparent driver of the plo...

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15. Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is the real "king" lord Protector . Here once again Lord Richard Rich Lord Chancellor ...

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States. ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter. ETA2: And they just refunded me, as were "unable to deliver your order." Back to th...

    ?Was there ever such a year as this?? There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous tome. It was wonderful and for the first time in this series, about a period and time...

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sansom makes me feel as if I'm living in his book. Yet the middle part dragged somewhat ...

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI, most particularly in Norwich and Norfol...

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it takes nearly 800 pages to solve a fairly simple murder mystery. The historical story ...

    I didn't think I would ever get the chance to review a Matthew Shardlake book, I thought the series had finished so to get another one was very exciting I've never been one to shy away from a big book, in fact often the opposite I love nothing more than a big book I can sink my tee...

    Visit the settings of Tombland I'm not going to lie. This was a monster of a book even for me. A tomb of a read ironically at over 840 pages. But do you know what? It's CJ Sansom and the time passed quickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murder. Ther...

    Where the first six of the Shardlake series were very very good, this is outstanding. It's a towering achievement of a book. Consciously or unconsciously, this is an indictment of the English class system of tgen and now, an indictment of austerity, of politicians, and of Brexit. It al...

    It's amazing the things you learn from TV. I was watching Craig Ferguson's late night show one night and he started talking about an amazing author and a great series of books. The author was CJ Sansom and the series was Matthew Shardlake. I followed up his recommendation and I am so ...

    An England ripe for rebellion... It?s the summer of 1549, and young King Edward VI is on the throne following the death of Henry VIII two years earlier. Since Edward is still a child, the guardians appointed by Henry have in turn appointed a Protector to rule in his stead, his unc...

    This tremendous book is the 7th volume of the amazing "Matthew Shardlake" series from the author C.J. Sansom. Let me first tell you that the historical details concerning this story are superbly implemented by the author, and explained in a very wonderful fashion. Secondly on the ins...

    I'm not so much reading this as living through it. Five stars would never be enough to rate this remarkable, superb experience. I've loved every single one of the Shardlake novels. Each one is a masterclass in how to write good historical novels. This one is no exception. The basic sto...

    Matthew Shardlake is recruited by Elizabeth to investigate the accusations of murder against her distant relative John Boleyn. He is supposed to have bludgeoned his wife Edith and left her on horrible display. Up in Norwich he is drawn into an uprising from commoners against unfair tre...

    Looooved it. Next one soon please. Don?t leave me hanging Mr Sansom. ...

    Tombland (2018)?its title is taken from an upscale residential area in 16th century Norwich, England?is the seventh in C. J. Sansom's massive historical crime novels starring the hunchback Matthew Shardlake, a Serjeant (lawyer in the Court of Common Pleas, or land court) in Lincoln...

    Somewhat too long and some parts not well-edited, but this is still Sansom, with his unfathomable depth of historical knowledge and research, and it is still Shardlake, although a bit less morally-sound than usual this time. I knew nothing about the Kett rebellion and was glad to find ...

    Tombland is the most unexpected release for me this year as I thought Lamentation, the sixth book, was the last in his Shardlake Series. This now has to be the most anticipated book of the year for me, and I was very excited to receive a copy to review. Set in 1549, three years aft...

    I love all the Shardlake books, and this one fits my bill. Less focused on the Machiavellian world of high politics this is a broader strokes look at the period of history and the turbulent social upheaval, revolts and changing landscape of society as well as still showing the gener...

    I was really looking forward to this one, fearing that the Shardlake tales would end with the death of Henry VIII. I don't know whether there was too much anticipation, but I found myself speed reading too many sections for this to warrant more than 3 stars. Young Edward is on the t...

    Shardlake as always is magnificent but this is not just another Shardlake mystery. It describes the little known events after Henry's death through the eyes of the main protagonists of the time and seamlessly weaves the fictional and factual into a fascinating story of the populist upr...