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Autumn, 1541: Following the uncovering of a plot against his throne in Yorkshire, King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to overawe his rebellious subjects there. Accompanied by a thousand soldiers, the cream of the nobility, and his fifth wife Catherine Howard, the King is to attend an extravagant submission of the local gentry at York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission - to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a local glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. As the King and the Great Progress arrive in the city, Barak stumbles upon a terrifying secret, and a chain of events unfolds that will leave Shardlake to face the most terrifying fate a subject of Henry VIII can fear... his own imprisonment in the Tower of London.
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Classy historical crime fiction - the Shardlake series is garnering a loyal following with over 160,000 copies sold in Pan paperback of the first two Shardlake novels The second Shardlake novel, Dark Fire, won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger C.J. Sansom's stand-alone thriller, Winter in Madrid, was published in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim Massive marketing campaign for Sovereign Both backlist Shardlake titles are being reissued in B format

About the Author

C J Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After practising as a solicitor, he became a full-time writer. Sovereign is the third novel in Sansom's acclaimed Shardlake series, following Dissolution and Dark Fire. He lives in Sussex.

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aWhen historical fiction clicks, thereas nothing more gripping . . . and C.J. Sansomas fantastic "Sovereign" left me positively baying for more. Itas that good. . . . Rebellion, plots, torture, fanaticism, a murder mystery and a real historical scandal come alive in this deeply satisfying novel.a aDeirdre Donahue, "USA Today" aAuthors of the caliber of P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin, and Minette Walters remain rare. C. J. Sansomas Sovereign . . . deserves as wide a readership as any of the above. . . . Itas deeper, stronger, and subtler than most novels in the genre.a a"The Sunday Independent" (London) When historical fiction clicks, theres nothing more gripping . . . and C.J. Sansoms fantastic "Sovereign" left me positively baying for more. Its that good. . . . Rebellion, plots, torture, fanaticism, a murder mystery and a real historical scandal come alive in this deeply satisfying novel. Deirdre Donahue, "USA Today" Authors of the caliber of P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin, and Minette Walters remain rare. C. J. Sansoms Sovereign . . . deserves as wide a readership as any of the above. . . . Its deeper, stronger, and subtler than most novels in the genre. "The Sunday Independent" (London)

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