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Review Tudor England of 1549 is effortlessly evoked The murder mystery absorbs the characters are vivid and the history is seductive but it's the author's inclusive humanity that lingers Elizabeth Buchan Daily Mail; Tudor terror tingles through C J Sansom's murder mystery novels With remarkable expertise sustained over than 850 pages Sansom weaves together a wide cast of characters and knits his murder story into a vivid tapestry of little known historical happenings Peter Kemp Sunday Times; Sansom handles his huge cast with aplomb This is a totally immersive and vividly written tale compelling reading for history lovers and crime aficionados alike Laura Wilson Guardian; Sansom has the trick of writing an enthralling narrative Like Hilary Mantel he produces densely textured historical novels that absorb their readers in another time Andrew Taylor Spectator; When it comes to intriguing Tudor based narratives Hilary Mantel has a serious rival A Scottish historian who had a career in law before turning to fiction Sansom finds an ideal protagonist in Matthew Shardlake the humane hunchbacked lawyer sleuth in his Tudor novels Sunday Times; With the Shardlake series Sansom has surely established himself as one of the best novelists around Spectator; Sansom blends impeccable historical research with a bloody good whodunnit The Times; Sansom has the rare knack of bringing the past to life in three dimensions The honest Shardlake shines like a beacon Daily Telegraph; Tudor England has never seemed so vibrantly alive and viscerally authentic than in the pages of the extra. 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 uickly as I was sucked into a medieval world of intrigue and murderThere s a lot to enjoy here and not just with the plot Around you as you read there are battles conspiracies and talk of royal intrigue Shardlake has a murder to solve and then another body turns upThe rebellions of 1549 during the reign of Edward VI are what drives the novel and the events of Tombland in historical Norwich I had no idea this was a real place but I ve worn out Google Maps finding out as much as I can about it I know it so well now well the 1549 version How exciting it will be to see the modern day version and Sansom s version at the same timeThere s a keen sense of chaos in the novel but when you have a king who is only eleven years oldthe country is in turmoil and there is religious turmoil as well No one seems safe Even everyday life is getting harder as the financial state of the country is in free fall You get a keen sense of all of this in the novel and it s like wandering down the streets yourself the sights sounds and godforsaken smells all the real as you walk onShardlake works as a lawyer for Henry s VIII s daughter Elizabeth and the Boleyn name comes back into play when a distant relative from Norfolk is found murdered Of course Shardlake is the man for the job but this is unlike anything he has been asked to do beforeIt s a very visual novel from the chaotic market scenes to the cumbersome journeys the characters have to undertake to get to Tombland the inns they stop at on the way and the cells of Norwich castleit s a world of medieval wonder and mixes historical fact peasant revolt and the true meaning of loyaltyAnd within all of this a strong plot worthy of the Shardlake name Read it slowly take it in and allow yourself to be submerged into a historically fascinating world

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Llion breaks out across the country The yeoman Robert Kett leads a force of thousands in overthrowing the landlords and establishing a vast camp outside Norwich Soon the rebels have taken over the city England's second largest Barak throws in his lot with the rebels; Nicholas opposed to them becomes a prisoner in Norwich Castle; while Shardlake has to decide where his ultimate loyalties lie as government forces in London prepare to march north and destroy the rebels Meanwhile he discovers that the murder of Edith Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry From the Back Cover PRAISE FOR C J SANSOM'S SHARDLAKE SERIES DISSOLUTION 'Remarkable The sights the voices the very smell of this turbulent age seem to rise from the page' P D James; DARK FIRE 'Magnificent A creation of real brilliance' Sunday Times SOVEREIGN 'A devilishly ingenious whodunnit Sansom is a master storyteller' Guardian REVELATION 'Superb Don't expect to put the book down until you've seen it through to the apocalyptic finale' Observer HEARTSTONE 'Richly entertaining History never seemed so real' New York Times LAMENTATION 'A triumph The best Shardlake yet' Independent on Sunday About the Author C J Sansom was educated at Birmingham University where he took a BA and then a PhD in history After working in a variety of jobs he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex until becoming a full time writer Sansom is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Shardlake series as well as Winter in Madrid and Dominion He lives in Susse. The wait for the next book in the Shardlake series has been well worth it This is a real blockbuster and C J Sansom for my money is a truly superb storyteller It just doesn t get any betterEngland s monarchy is at a crossroads following the death of Henry VIII the country is bankrupt the regent prince Edward is being manipulated by various nobles all of whom are keen to gain power There s constant plotting and intrigue to discredit individuals including the young Princess Elizabeth The political and religious divides are causing uncertainty and deep fear at every level Currency has been debased there s growing civil unrest as common land is enclosed by the nobility and people struggle to surviveShardlake encounters his old enemy Richard Rich who is ever hopeful that he can find an excuse to send him to the Tower again Shardlake is sent to Norfolk where the death of John Boleyn s wife may bring discredit to the Boleyn s and Lady Elizabeth Once in Norwich he meets up with his old friend and assistant John Barak and one intrigue after another is uncovered then the body count starts to riseThe plotting is complex but utterly believable It s good to meet up with characters from previous novels they re all so convincing But what s really amazing is the historical context in which these books are set This time it s a peasant revolt known as Kett s Rebellion I knew nothing about this episode but with his usual understated panache Sansom brings events vividly to life Loyalties are divided tension builds and I felt like a spectator involved in and watching as evens unfold There s not a wasted word and even though this is a large book it s never paddedTombland works well as a standalone Recurring characters are introduced with some background for those unfamiliar with their early stories The book works well at so many levels It s a twisted and compelling murder mystery I find Shardkake an endearing and intelligent protagonist Even when his moral compass is challenged he remains balanced and persuasive in his views Over the series his character has developed along with his personal relationships with others Whether it s a former servant an apothecary nobility or his friend Barak each book takes them all a little further on their personal journeys As historical fiction Sansom really brings both the period and people to life The political machinations and duplicity are complex but again individuals like Somerset the Boleyns the young Elizabeth and her Court feel real and play such a believable part in the story There s genuine atmosphere and context and plenty of tensionWhat a wonderful way to bring history to life There is no one who writes better about the Tudor period and Tombland is possibly the best of the seriesso far Absolutely captivated from start to finish and I can t recommend this book highly enough Sponsor. Tom 1 (Sponsor, north and destroy the rebels Meanwhile he discovers that the murder of Edith Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry From the Back Cover PRAISE FOR C J SANSOM'S SHARDLAKE SERIES DISSOLUTION 'Remarkable The sights the voices the very smell of this turbulent age seem to rise from the page' P D James; DARK FIRE 'Magnificent A creation of real brilliance' Sunday Times SOVEREIGN 'A devilishly ingenious whodunnit Sansom is a master storyteller' Guardian REVELATION 'Superb Don't expect to put the book down until you've seen it through to the apocalyptic finale' Observer HEARTSTONE 'Richly entertaining History Dragons Bride (The Dragon and the Scholar never seemed so real' New York Times LAMENTATION 'A triumph The best Shardlake yet' Independent on Sunday About the Author C J Sansom was educated at Birmingham University where he took a BA and then a PhD in history After working in a variety of jobs he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex until becoming a full time writer Sansom is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Shardlake series as well as Winter in Madrid and Dominion He lives in Susse. The wait for the Absolute Banking English next book in the Shardlake series has been well worth it This is a real blockbuster and C J Sansom for my money is a truly superb storyteller It just doesn t get any betterEngland s monarchy is at a crossroads following the death of Henry VIII the country is bankrupt the regent prince Edward is being manipulated by various Jewish Life novels they re all so convincing But what s really amazing is the historical context in which these books are set This time it s a peasant revolt known as Kett s Rebellion I knew Sex Toys 101 nothing about this episode but with his usual understated panache Sansom brings events vividly to life Loyalties are divided tension builds and I felt like a spectator involved in and watching as evens unfold There s The Joy in Business not a wasted word and even though this is a large book it s Stuffed never paddedTombland works well as a standalone Recurring characters are introduced with some background for those unfamiliar with their early stories The book works well at so many levels It s a twisted and compelling murder mystery I find Shardkake an endearing and intelligent protagonist Even when his moral compass is challenged he remains balanced and persuasive in his views Over the series his character has developed along with his personal relationships with others Whether it s a former servant an apothecary Cotas Claim nobility or his friend Barak each book takes them all a little further on their personal journeys As historical fiction Sansom really brings both the period and people to life The political machinations and duplicity are complex but again individuals like Somerset the Boleyns the young Elizabeth and her Court feel real and play such a believable part in the story There s genuine atmosphere and context and plenty of tensionWhat a wonderful way to bring history to life There is The Captured Princess (Taken by Vikings, no one who writes better about the Tudor period and Tombland is possibly the best of the seriesso far Absolutely captivated from start to finish and I can t recommend this book highly enough

C. J. Sansom Ì 2 Summary

Ordinary Matthew Shardlake novels and after a four year wait CJ Sansom's mild mannered middle aged hunchback lawyer makes a magnificent return Lancashire Evening Post; Shardlake is a superb creation who gains substance with each new book A grand historical epic 800 pages in Shardlake's company will always fly by Stephanie Merritt Observer Book Description Number one bestselling author C J Sansom heads to Norwich as Shardlake embarks upon a new investigation From the Inside Flap 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 failure and threatens to involve France Worst of all the economy is in collapse inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry Since the old King's death Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter the Lady Elizabeth The gruesome murder of Edith Boleyn the wife of John Boleyn a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth's mother which could have political implications for Elizabeth brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich There they are reunited with Shardlake's former assistant Jack Barak The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding Edith's death as a second murder is committed And then East Anglia explodes as peasant rebe. Not my favorite by a long shot It starts off as a mystery handed to Shardlake by the Lady Elizabeth not yet even close to becoming ueen It is a task fraught with danger to both taken on with trepidation So far so good but then the mystery gets lost occasionally resurrected in a few side pages so that we can get to the true desire of the writer which is the Kett rebellion This bogs down terribly in day to day descriptions of tedious camp life and the resulting narrative is eually tedious I found myself skimming or skipping sectionsMaybe I just prefer court intrigue of which there was precious little and this book didn t do much for me I found it slow going Disappointing


11 thoughts on “Tombland

  1. says:

    First, there seems to be some confusion about the release dates of this book. I have it on Kindle (October, 2018) so no worries there. Perhaps I ought to have waited for the hardback to join all the other C.J. Sansoms on my shelves because this is a keeper!

    Set in 1549, when Henry VIII's young son, Edward, has inherited his

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    I'm a fan of the Shardlake series, but this one was a slog. As other reviewers have noted, the section (the very large section) of the book that takes place in the camp is excruciatingly dull and seems to go on forever. There is also a tiresome abundance of psychopaths a pair of murderous twins, a deranged, homicidal grandfather, a coldly mu

  4. says:

    Not my favorite by a long shot. It starts off as a mystery handed to Shardlake by the Lady Elizabeth, not yet even close to becoming queen. It is a task fraught with danger to both, taken on with trepidation. So far so good but then the mystery gets lost, occasionally resurrected in a few side pages, so that we can get to the true desire of the writer, which is the Kett rebellion. This bogs down terribly in day

  5. says:

    Our protagonist has survived being on the nose in the court of Henry VIII and is now living through the reigns of Henk's children. CJ Sansom continues to find little known episodes in Tudor history to both delight and enlighten readers and Shardlake continues to be a sympathetic voice in an era of almost unremitting horrors.

  6. says:

    Another gripping and convincing historical novel that I could not bear to put down. I can hardly wait for the next one.

  7. says:

    The wait for the next book in the Shardlake series has been well worth it. This is a real blockbuster and C J Sansom, for my money, is a truly superb storyteller. It just doesn't get any better!

    England's monarchy is at a crossroads following the death of Henry VIII; the country is bankrupt, the regent prince Edward is being manipulated by various nobles, all of whom are keen to gain power. There's cons

  8. says:

    When authors become super successful I suspect that they become harder to edit at the same time
    This starts very well but then gets bogged down in bringing a historical event to life so that the plot thread, such as it is, gets buried in the midst of minutely detailed recreation. It’s this that makes this one not as good as the ones be

  9. says:

    I have been following Shardlake through each and every novel written so far. The writer is good at recreating the atmosphere of the age. The pursuit of a case is thorough and it keeps the reader going.
    This is not the case with

  10. says:

    This is a long book. I kept checking how far through I'd got and it never seemed to progress very much. I have loved the previous Shardlake books, with their combination of murder, political intrigue, historical authenticity and a great central character. This book starts out in similar vein but then along comes Kett and h

  11. says:

    600+ pages of utter boredom.
    Paper thin murder plot buried under a forest stripping pulp of irrelevant historical "research".
    As Shardlake himself might have said, " I've a hunch my time's up!"

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