52 Books Challenge: #25 Tombland and The Norfolk Rebellion


Tombland by CJ Sansom is the 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series, set in England 1549. King Henry VIII is dead and his 11 year old  son Edward (VI) has inherited the throne with Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, acting as Lord Protector. Matthew, Sergeant at Law of Lincoln’s Inn is in the service … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #25 Tombland and The Norfolk Rebellion

52 Books Challenge #24 Lamentation … Of a Sinful Queen Catherine Parr


King Henry VIII is slowly dying and his closest councillors are wielding their increasing freedom of power to pursue their personal agendas of Protestantism or Catholicism. Against this backdrop the general population of London live in absolute terror not knowing whether they could be accused of heresy by EITHER side, even for possession of rosary … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge #24 Lamentation … Of a Sinful Queen Catherine Parr

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!