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C. J. Sansom

Heartstone by C. J. SansomShardlake goes to war...

Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII’s invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, and England is in the grip of soaring inflation and economic crisis. Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of “monstrous wrongs” committed against a young ward of the court, which have already involved one mysterious death, Shardlake and his assistant, Barak, journey to Portsmouth.

Once arrived, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city preparing to become a war zone; and Shardlake takes the opportunity to also investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettipace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam. The emerging mysteries around the young ward, and the events that destroyed Ellen’s family nineteen years before, involve Shardlake in reunions with both an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne. Events will converge on board one of the King’s great warships, primed for battle in Portsmouth harbour...

Praise for C. J. Sansom:

Revelation is head and shoulders above most historical crime novels... It’s a tribute to Sansom’s ability to plot that he not only controls his long and complex narrative but keeps the reader galloping through it... well-crafted and absorbing.” —Spectator (UK)

“Sansom’s absorbing, substantial novels transcend the limitations of crime fiction while conforming to its conventions.” —Sunday Telegraph

Length: 448 pp
Setting: UK
Period: historical, Tudor period

Canadian rights, Random House Canada
UK rights, Macmillan

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C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Sussex.