‘Compulsively gripping Tudor murder mysteries As a plot with a clutch of steel pulls you through dramatic twists and turns and vivid, knowledgeable, widely. Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery [C. J. Sansom] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery. Revelation is a historical mystery novel by British author C. J. Sansom. It is Sansom’s fifth novel, and the fourth in the Matthew Shardlake Series. Set in .

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We share his doubt, fears, and longings as if Matthew is our very best friend. When several bizarre murders are uncovered, one victim being a close friend of lawyer Matthew Shardlake, there are fears that of a plot against tevelation King and Archbishop Cramer hires Matthew and his assistant Jack Barak to hunt down the killer.

I have always found this a fascinating n of history and C. Sansom is an excellent writer, and his book are immensely satisfying. This story is much darker than the previous volumes, with a serial killer stalking victims and torturing them according to his interpretation of verses in the book of Revelation.

Jan 01, Gerald Sinstadt rated it it was amazing. Overall, the author has taken on a challenging set of themes – the murders take place against, and are interwoven with, a background of religious persecution and failure to understand the nature of madness.

What Shardlake begins to uncover is more horrifying than anything he and his hot-blooded young assistant Jack Barak have yet had to face. J Sansom recreates the Tudor world with an ease that all historical fiction authors should aspire to.


Called in to attend to the bizarre case of a young boy imprisoned for madness and suspected of suffering from demonic possession, when Shardlake discovers the slain body of his best friend in a frozen fountain, he is once again caught between the machinations of the Tudor court, where Henry VIII has s In his fourth outing, hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake is up against a gruesome serial killer intent on bringing forth the prophecies of Revelation through a series of Biblical-inspired killings.


He practised for a while in Sussex as a lawyer for the disadvantaged, before quitting in order to work full-time as a writer. Feb 27, John Wiltshire rated it it was amazing. The more history you read the more you realise how things never change. Preview — Revelation by C.

As a confirmed Sansom addict, I now believe that the four Shardlake novels show an admirable progression. Now for the next one: Shardlake follows a trail of horrific murders that are igniting frenzied talk of witchcraft and demonic posession. Sansom’s number four story in the Matthew Shardlake series. I may consistently give these C. I share the reservations expressed elsewhere about the validity of a serial killer theme in Tudor clothes, and the odd jarring anachronism “back to square one” for example.

There is a serial killer on the loose in London and once Matthew begins his investigation, the killer’s attention is turned to him. Shardlake in his agnosticism; the introspection of the black monk, Guy; and the stormy relationship of Barak and Tamasin.

This book is filled with twists and turns, it couldn’t put it down. There have been multiple killings in previous books, but this is the first time Shardlake has found himself on the trail of a serial killer in the modern mould, one who treats killing as both a holy mission and an art form, and takes as much pleasure in teasing his pursuers as in the murders themselves.

With this installment in the Matthew Shardlake series, I think I can safely say that CJ Sansom has taken his place as my second favorite modern author Sharon Kay Penman being my favorite.

Dec 18, Marnie rated it it was amazing Shelves: A little heavy on the religious side as the mystery involves passages from the bible but it’s not preachy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Read the series in order though for maximum enjoyment.


Moreover, now Barak acquired a partner in the feisty Tamasin. Matthew vows to bring the killer to justice but there is much more to th In this installment, it is the year and Matthew Shardlake, the hunchback lawyer, has been promoted to Serjeant in the Court of Requests by Archbishop Cranmer.

They are most reliable in that respect. Public displays of heretical thought lead to burning at the stake.

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London is portrayed as a city rife with religious tension. They’re long, over pages, but they sansmo quickly. Henry VIII is slowly sansm back to the old ways, so the great reformers of the age, among them Cranmer, are scheming to hold on to the freedom to make others worship the way they want them to and to discredit any heretics who would allow Henry the opportunity to return the English church to its Popish ways.

Yet so many of these Bible-men accept the idea without a second thought.

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Matthew Shardlake 7 books. Revelation was captivating in its plot, historical detail, and character development.

I debated about giving this one 5 stars and decided to go ahead and do it. But then the storylines unfold, like the previous ones, and it gets interesting, and Brought before Archbishop Cramer, Matthew learns this is not the first such killing.

Book four in my favorite historical mystery series. Revelation closes with one or two issues left dangling. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies.