This is my review of the book Lamentation by C J Sansom which I read recently. It is the ongoing saga of Master Shardlake during the year of 1546. Shardlake is called upon again to help the Queen Catherine Parr in her time of trouble. She has written a secret book “Lamentation of a Sinner”. Whilst there is nothing wrong in writing a book, with the rapidly changing religious ideas and consequences of not being in line with the Kings views – death., it is more serious. Especially as the book has gone missing.
Shardlake is employed to act as an undercover agent to try and find the book. His investigations take him on a trail across the back streets of London. To a print-shop that has been printing now banned materials which have come over from the content. As his investigations continue they lead to the labyrinthine world of politics and the Royal court.
The Catholic enemies, view to bring down the Queen and are looking for any crack in the armour. As such they are snapping at Shardlakes heals. Sadly as the story progresses it is revealed that the theft is linked to the terrible death of Anne Askew, who was burnt at the stake. Will this be the end of Shardlake too?
Though the story is long and very detailed it needs to be to bring the complexities of the time to life. It was an enjoyable read, and had several unexpected twists that came out of the blue.
Without giving too much away in the plot I wonder if this is the last Shardlake or will there be more?
I will record this as book 26 week 22 fiction 24 (audio books 4) non fiction 2
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