52 Books Challenge: #23 Heartstone


It is 1545 in England, Henry VIII is still on the throne and has had a disastrous outcome to his invasion of France. The French have assembled a massive fleet and are retaliating by intending to invade England. To finance these campaigns Henry has debased the common currency by adulterating the silver coins with 20% … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #23 Heartstone

52 Books Challenge: (#22 Sovereign) A complex medieval plot!


Thomas Cromwell is dead, executed for “treason” but having been seriously undermined by other powerful forces around King Henry VIII. Sovereign is the 3rd book in CJ Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series, set in 1541 as King Henry embarks on his “Progress” to the North from London and ending at York. This is where he will … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: (#22 Sovereign) A complex medieval plot!

52 Books Challenge: (#21 Dark Fire) A medieval thriller!


It is now 1540, Henry VIII still on the throne and Matthew Shardlake the Lincoln’s Inn lawyer is defending a young woman accused of murdering her cousin. Dark Fire is book 2 in this series by CJ Sansom and one in which Matthew is sent for by Thomas Cromwell yet again. Cromwell is King Henry’s … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: (#21 Dark Fire) A medieval thriller!

52 Books Challenge: (#20 Dissolution) The country is in turmoil!


The year is 1537, Henry VIII is on the throne of England, has separated the country from the Papal rule of Rome and declared himself as the supreme head of the church. This is the setting for Dissolution, the first book in the Matthew Shardlake series written by CJ Sansom.  The country is in turmoil … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: (#20 Dissolution) The country is in turmoil!

52 Books Challenge: (#19 Revelation) A fearful time in England!


It is 1543 in Tudor England, Henry VIII is on the throne and is “pursuing” Catherine Parr to be his sixth, and final wife. Revelation is the 4th book in the Matthew Shardlake series written by C. J. Sansom, with Shardlake being a young ex-monk turned lawyer based at Lincoln’s Inn, London.  It is a … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: (#19 Revelation) A fearful time in England!