Tombland

Tombland Review

Spring, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos . . .The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Since the old King's death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of the wife of a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth's mother, John Boleyn - which could have political implications for Elizabeth - brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich. There they are reunited with Shardlake's former assistant Jack Barak. The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding the death of Edith Boleyn, as a second murder is committed. And then East Anglia explodes, as peasant rebellion breaks out across the country. The yeoman Robert Kett leads a force of thousands in overthrowing the landlords and establishing a vast camp outside Norwich. Soon the rebels have taken over the city, England's second largest. Barak throws in his lot with the rebels; Nicholas, opposed to them, becomes a prisoner in Norwich Castle; while Shardlake has to decide where his ultimate loyalties lie, as government forces in London prepare to march north and destroy the rebels. Meanwhile he discovers that the murder of Edith Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry . . .

Title:Tombland
Edition Language:English

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  • Annet

    My life will change utterlySince my sinful eyes sawthis noble land so much admired... Shardlake is back! So good..... Loved this book, took it slow... Big five stars, loved it! Great history and crime...

  • Beata

    This long-awaited 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series is based around 1549 Kett's Rebellion and a mystery murder which Matthew is asked by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate. As the Author himsel...

  • Phrynne

    Another totally brilliant book in this wonderful series by C.J. Sansom. I have missed Matthew Shardlake while we have been waiting for this next adventure to be published but I guess it takes a while ...

  • Emma

    The essential problem with this book is that it didn't know whether it wanted to be an extended account of the Kett Rebellion told via the characters we all know and love from the series, or a murder ...

  • Stephen Robert Collins

    Like all his books this is direct follow on from his others this starts in January 1549 when Elizabeth I is only 15.Edward VI who is king in name only as he is only 11 so Seymour ,Duke of Somerset is ...

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads

    How I envy those who will read this in October, rather than April, as is the doom of those of us Sansom fans in the United States.ETA: Just ordered from Book Depository! Thanks very much, Hunter.ETA2:...

  • Emma

    ‘Was there ever such a year as this?’There was a lot of speculation about whether this book would be completed and I was so hopeful and impatient for it to be. And then, here it was. An enormous t...

  • Ingrid

    Well this has been quite a journey. For Shardlake literally and for me in reading this vast work. Of course it can't be less than 5 stars. I'm very impressed with all the research and as always Mr. Sa...

  • Tracey Sinclair

    Well-written as ever, but SO long. The first 400 pages are concerned with the murder mystery, then it segues into being more a historical novel covering a rebellion for the next 350 pages or so, so it...

  • Kate

    One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint - staggeringly good historical fiction, part of a series that finds something new to say about the Tudors. This time it's the reb...