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

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Karen
    Nov 21, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Gail
    Nov 21, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

    I have been a great fan of the Shardlake books and this may be the best yet. It is a massive work of over 800 pages. When you have finished it can be used as a doorstop! This is set in the reign of Edward VI and the Protector Edward Seymour. Shardlake is doing work for the Lady Eliz...

    Wow. Just wow. This is, quite simply, the best book of this fantastic series of and one of the best I have ever read. I savoured every single word and took my time reading it as I didn?t want it to end. I just love Matthew. This time Matthew, Nicholas and Barak are caught up i...

  • Mark
    Dec 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

    I have been a great fan of the Shardlake books and this may be the best yet. It is a massive work of over 800 pages. When you have finished it can be used as a doorstop! This is set in the reign of Edward VI and the Protector Edward Seymour. Shardlake is doing work for the Lady Eliz...

    Wow. Just wow. This is, quite simply, the best book of this fantastic series of and one of the best I have ever read. I savoured every single word and took my time reading it as I didn?t want it to end. I just love Matthew. This time Matthew, Nicholas and Barak are caught up i...

    One of those books that takes time to read, and I love it. ...

    3.5 stars. Descriptive and well researched but at times repetitive and drawn out. I didn?t enjoy it as much as the early books in the series. ...

    An epic of a book sees central character Matthew Shardlake caught up in the 1549 Ketts a rebellion. Meticulously researched and wonderfully written. ...

    The 7th historical mystery in the Matthew Shardlake series - this was longer and slower than I remember earlier novels in the series being but seemed appropriate given the themes and subject matter. As well as the usual murder mystery for Shardlake to solve the other focus of the book ...

    Brilliant! Utterly brilliant! No-one evokes the sights, sounds, smells, politics, and violence of Tudor England like C.J. Sansom. And the other thing he does so well is take a real historical event - in this book, Kett's Rebellion in Norwich, Norfolk in 1549 - and weave a story around ...

    Tombland is CJ Sansom?s seventh Shardlake novel, and the first set after the death of Henry 8th. Boy king, Edward VI has ascended to the throne, but a troubled England is, in reality, ruled over by his uncle, Thomas Seymour, Protector. The kingdom is fighting a pointless and losing w...

    There are a handful of fine authors that always deliver the goods, especially when continuing an established series. No need to pore over countless reviews on various sites, read an excerpt or listen to a sample before parting with my money - I?ll just click ?pre-order? as soon a...

    This seventh book in the Shardlake series may very well be the best of the lot. At 800 pages not including the closing essay and references it is a big old tome, and yet feels not half that length given the pace Sansom moves the story at. The series thus far has taken in Tudor London, ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Alteredego
    Nov 11, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

    I have been a great fan of the Shardlake books and this may be the best yet. It is a massive work of over 800 pages. When you have finished it can be used as a doorstop! This is set in the reign of Edward VI and the Protector Edward Seymour. Shardlake is doing work for the Lady Eliz...

    Wow. Just wow. This is, quite simply, the best book of this fantastic series of and one of the best I have ever read. I savoured every single word and took my time reading it as I didn?t want it to end. I just love Matthew. This time Matthew, Nicholas and Barak are caught up i...

    One of those books that takes time to read, and I love it. ...

    3.5 stars. Descriptive and well researched but at times repetitive and drawn out. I didn?t enjoy it as much as the early books in the series. ...

    An epic of a book sees central character Matthew Shardlake caught up in the 1549 Ketts a rebellion. Meticulously researched and wonderfully written. ...

    The 7th historical mystery in the Matthew Shardlake series - this was longer and slower than I remember earlier novels in the series being but seemed appropriate given the themes and subject matter. As well as the usual murder mystery for Shardlake to solve the other focus of the book ...

    Brilliant! Utterly brilliant! No-one evokes the sights, sounds, smells, politics, and violence of Tudor England like C.J. Sansom. And the other thing he does so well is take a real historical event - in this book, Kett's Rebellion in Norwich, Norfolk in 1549 - and weave a story around ...

    Tombland is CJ Sansom?s seventh Shardlake novel, and the first set after the death of Henry 8th. Boy king, Edward VI has ascended to the throne, but a troubled England is, in reality, ruled over by his uncle, Thomas Seymour, Protector. The kingdom is fighting a pointless and losing w...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Jeff
    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

    I have been a great fan of the Shardlake books and this may be the best yet. It is a massive work of over 800 pages. When you have finished it can be used as a doorstop! This is set in the reign of Edward VI and the Protector Edward Seymour. Shardlake is doing work for the Lady Eliz...

    Wow. Just wow. This is, quite simply, the best book of this fantastic series of and one of the best I have ever read. I savoured every single word and took my time reading it as I didn?t want it to end. I just love Matthew. This time Matthew, Nicholas and Barak are caught up i...

    One of those books that takes time to read, and I love it. ...

    3.5 stars. Descriptive and well researched but at times repetitive and drawn out. I didn?t enjoy it as much as the early books in the series. ...

    An epic of a book sees central character Matthew Shardlake caught up in the 1549 Ketts a rebellion. Meticulously researched and wonderfully written. ...

    The 7th historical mystery in the Matthew Shardlake series - this was longer and slower than I remember earlier novels in the series being but seemed appropriate given the themes and subject matter. As well as the usual murder mystery for Shardlake to solve the other focus of the book ...

    Brilliant! Utterly brilliant! No-one evokes the sights, sounds, smells, politics, and violence of Tudor England like C.J. Sansom. And the other thing he does so well is take a real historical event - in this book, Kett's Rebellion in Norwich, Norfolk in 1549 - and weave a story around ...

  • Zoe
    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

    I have been a great fan of the Shardlake books and this may be the best yet. It is a massive work of over 800 pages. When you have finished it can be used as a doorstop! This is set in the reign of Edward VI and the Protector Edward Seymour. Shardlake is doing work for the Lady Eliz...

    Wow. Just wow. This is, quite simply, the best book of this fantastic series of and one of the best I have ever read. I savoured every single word and took my time reading it as I didn?t want it to end. I just love Matthew. This time Matthew, Nicholas and Barak are caught up i...

    One of those books that takes time to read, and I love it. ...

    3.5 stars. Descriptive and well researched but at times repetitive and drawn out. I didn?t enjoy it as much as the early books in the series. ...

    An epic of a book sees central character Matthew Shardlake caught up in the 1549 Ketts a rebellion. Meticulously researched and wonderfully written. ...

    The 7th historical mystery in the Matthew Shardlake series - this was longer and slower than I remember earlier novels in the series being but seemed appropriate given the themes and subject matter. As well as the usual murder mystery for Shardlake to solve the other focus of the book ...

    Brilliant! Utterly brilliant! No-one evokes the sights, sounds, smells, politics, and violence of Tudor England like C.J. Sansom. And the other thing he does so well is take a real historical event - in this book, Kett's Rebellion in Norwich, Norfolk in 1549 - and weave a story around ...

    Tombland is CJ Sansom?s seventh Shardlake novel, and the first set after the death of Henry 8th. Boy king, Edward VI has ascended to the throne, but a troubled England is, in reality, ruled over by his uncle, Thomas Seymour, Protector. The kingdom is fighting a pointless and losing w...

    There are a handful of fine authors that always deliver the goods, especially when continuing an established series. No need to pore over countless reviews on various sites, read an excerpt or listen to a sample before parting with my money - I?ll just click ?pre-order? as soon a...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

  • Janina Barlow
    Nov 01, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

    I have been a great fan of the Shardlake books and this may be the best yet. It is a massive work of over 800 pages. When you have finished it can be used as a doorstop! This is set in the reign of Edward VI and the Protector Edward Seymour. Shardlake is doing work for the Lady Eliz...

    Wow. Just wow. This is, quite simply, the best book of this fantastic series of and one of the best I have ever read. I savoured every single word and took my time reading it as I didn?t want it to end. I just love Matthew. This time Matthew, Nicholas and Barak are caught up i...

    One of those books that takes time to read, and I love it. ...

    3.5 stars. Descriptive and well researched but at times repetitive and drawn out. I didn?t enjoy it as much as the early books in the series. ...

    An epic of a book sees central character Matthew Shardlake caught up in the 1549 Ketts a rebellion. Meticulously researched and wonderfully written. ...

  • Inger Strand
    Nov 25, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

    I have been a great fan of the Shardlake books and this may be the best yet. It is a massive work of over 800 pages. When you have finished it can be used as a doorstop! This is set in the reign of Edward VI and the Protector Edward Seymour. Shardlake is doing work for the Lady Eliz...

    Wow. Just wow. This is, quite simply, the best book of this fantastic series of and one of the best I have ever read. I savoured every single word and took my time reading it as I didn?t want it to end. I just love Matthew. This time Matthew, Nicholas and Barak are caught up i...

    One of those books that takes time to read, and I love it. ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Christopher Williams
    Nov 22, 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

    I have been a great fan of the Shardlake books and this may be the best yet. It is a massive work of over 800 pages. When you have finished it can be used as a doorstop! This is set in the reign of Edward VI and the Protector Edward Seymour. Shardlake is doing work for the Lady Eliz...

  • 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...

    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...

  • Heather
    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

    I have been a great fan of the Shardlake books and this may be the best yet. It is a massive work of over 800 pages. When you have finished it can be used as a doorstop! This is set in the reign of Edward VI and the Protector Edward Seymour. Shardlake is doing work for the Lady Eliz...

    Wow. Just wow. This is, quite simply, the best book of this fantastic series of and one of the best I have ever read. I savoured every single word and took my time reading it as I didn?t want it to end. I just love Matthew. This time Matthew, Nicholas and Barak are caught up i...

    One of those books that takes time to read, and I love it. ...

    3.5 stars. Descriptive and well researched but at times repetitive and drawn out. I didn?t enjoy it as much as the early books in the series. ...

    An epic of a book sees central character Matthew Shardlake caught up in the 1549 Ketts a rebellion. Meticulously researched and wonderfully written. ...

    The 7th historical mystery in the Matthew Shardlake series - this was longer and slower than I remember earlier novels in the series being but seemed appropriate given the themes and subject matter. As well as the usual murder mystery for Shardlake to solve the other focus of the book ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Margaret Coonan
    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback This latest chapter in the Shardlake series takes place two years after the death of Henry VIII with Henry?s eleven year old son now king, but his uncle is actually the one running the count...

    I have been a great fan of the Shardlake books and this may be the best yet. It is a massive work of over 800 pages. When you have finished it can be used as a doorstop! This is set in the reign of Edward VI and the Protector Edward Seymour. Shardlake is doing work for the Lady Eliz...

    Wow. Just wow. This is, quite simply, the best book of this fantastic series of and one of the best I have ever read. I savoured every single word and took my time reading it as I didn?t want it to end. I just love Matthew. This time Matthew, Nicholas and Barak are caught up i...

    One of those books that takes time to read, and I love it. ...

    3.5 stars. Descriptive and well researched but at times repetitive and drawn out. I didn?t enjoy it as much as the early books in the series. ...

  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...