[[ Best ]] RevelationAuthor C.J. Sansom – Bilb-weil.de

Spring, 1543 King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife But this time the object of his affections is resisting Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies Meanwhile, a teenage boy, a religious maniac, has been placed in the Bedlam hospital for the insane When an old friend os Matthew Shardlake is murdered, his investigations leads to connections to both, and to the prophecies of the book of Revelation Shardlake follows a trail of horrific murders that are igniting frenzied talk of witchcraft and demonic posession For what else would the Tudor mind make of a serial killer


10 thoughts on “Revelation

  1. Matt Matt says:

    C.J Sansom continues with his great set of Tudor era historical mysteries, tapping into some of the controversies of the time to spin intricate tales sure to keep the reader enthralled Matthew Shardlake has taken on quite a complicated case when asked to defend a young man who has been locked away in a mental facility His crime, excessive praying and zealousness, leaves many wondering what is to be done At a time when religious fervour is punishable by death when not in line with the Church of England, Shardlake must get to the bottom of this before things get out of hand However, there are other issues, particularly when a friend is found murdered As is often the case, Shardlake cannot steer clear of a mystery, though the King s Coroner is quick to shut down the investigation Shardlake is determined to get answers when asked by his friend s widow When Shardlake is approached by Archbishop Cranmer, he discovers that there may be to the murder than meets the eye It would seem that there are murders with similar attributes, but those at the highest levels of Court do not want it known publicly Shardlake examines what little evidence and documentation he can find, only to discover that the killer seems to be following a portion of the Book of Revelation, where death and destruction is rampant Even with a list of the forms of murder, the interpretation is quite significant, not to mention the choice of victims It would seem someone is trying to get rid of radical reformers, choosing brutal killings to make their point When Shardlake and a few others are targeted by someone wanting the investigation stopped, it would seem he is on the right path While all this is going on, Shardlake cannot forget his client, whose mental state remains as fragile as ever Something must be done to quell the dramatic reaction of many in England, with ongoing questions at Court at what Henry VIII will do in his search for a new sixth wife This may be one case that Matthew Shardlake wished he had left well alone Brilliant in its delivery, C.J Sansom taps into both the era and its intricate scandals to create a mystery like no other Those who have loved the series to date will surely want to add this to their collection.This is a great series for those who love their mysteries steeped in history and controversies of another era C.J Sansom does well to educate while entertaining the reader in a nuance filled narrative The story digs deeper than most of the Tudor history with which I am familiar, usually Henry VIII chasing a new wife or his offspring Elizabeth seeking to rule in ways never thought of before It looks to the religious reformation within England and how powerful entities shaped the development of England and its Church at a time when things were still fairly new and shaky Sansom continues to offer a little of the backstory related to Matthew Shardlake Gritty in his way of thinking, Shardlake faces much retaliation as he defends a religious zealot and comes to terms with his own beliefs in the face of a killer who wants to rid the country of non traditional believers The thread of religious dedication is an interesting sub plot that Sansom has added to create flavour to the Shardlake character Shardlake remains a keen legal mind and wonderful investigator, working alongside his assistant, Barak With a few characters from the history books, Sansom injects what many will already know about the heavy hitters of the era, but also finds time to shape new and unknown people to push the story forward These characters serve various purposes and help to offer a down to earth approach to the story, with a topic that is anything but peaceful Sansom has a wonderful way of weaving his characters into a glorious tapestry and will not disappoint The novel is well paced and offers Tudor history as England comes into its own from a religious perspective The novel is by no means out of the realm of any reader, though its topic and analysis can sometimes give it a deeper and intense feel, alongside the long and intricate chapters that may be red flags for some readers The patient reader may enjoy peeling back the layers of history required to digest the larger plot I am eager that I gave the series another chance and want to get to the core of the Sansom reading experience Kudos, Mr Sansom, for keeping me curious and wanting to know There may be many who write about Tudor times, but your mysteries offer a wonderfully unique angle Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge


  2. Andy Andy says:

    Straight into the saddle with a quick update of where we are in terms of Henry VIII s life the key players that surround him which acquaints us swiftly with Tudor life And we re off Shardlake takes on a case with political religious connotations afoot which align to professional suicide so all warn him then the murders start Are they linked. And then the guessing game begins Its a grand series I ALWAYS kick myself as to why I take so long before reading another in the series maybe I jus like to leave them a period to savour them so.At jus over 600 pages I thought this would last me til xmas WRONG A real pg turner I urge all who haven t tried the Shardlake series yet, to delve in, if Crime mystery is your thing And Yeah Yeah I dinny know who it was either, totally clueless was me as usual but there s so many potentially that it could be which is the real intrigue of it all.


  3. Karen Witzler Karen Witzler says:

    The most enjoyable part of the book was meeting my ancestors in the streets of Shardlake s Tudor London Hot gospeller, spellbound by Revelation, worshippers of the newly translated literal word of the Lord folk who replaced Popish fancies with maniacal endtimes wishes that have been passed down in my family from that day to this Thank you, C.J Sansom for letting me peer into those origins Once again, the cultural, intellectual,spiritual, and financial political chaos seems to echo our own time And as with all fiction set in those times, the foreknowledge that this one will be beheaded, and that one will be burned only adds to the interest The Seymour Brothers, Catherine Parr, and Archbishop Cranmer join the cast of characters I will start the next in the series tomorrow.


  4. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    The fourth installment in this excellent series and it is easily worth five stars One of the best things about these books is the delightful way the author discusses all the details of the lifestyle of Tudor England I have always found this a fascinating period of history and C.J Sansom knows how to make the most of it In this book Matthew Shardlake our daring, hunchback, lawyer detective is working for Archbishop Cranmer and HenryVIII is preparing to marry Catherine Parr Life becomes very dangerous at times for our hero and there are numerous very gruesome murders Extremely entertaining and for me unputdownable Now for the next one


  5. Susan Susan says:

    This is the fourth novel in the series featuring lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, and his assistant Jack Barak This is one of the darkest, most unsettling books in the series, involving Shardlake and Barak in the hunt for a Tudor serial killer, who has an obsession with the book of Revelations and a client who is declared insane and sent to the Bedlam.King Henry is planning to take another wife and is busy trying to convince Catherine Parr to marry him Speaking of matrimony, Barak s marriage to Tamasin is suffering difficulties and Matthew s old friend, Roger Elliard is murdered Matthew had hoped to marry Roger s wife, Dorothy, and he feels responsible to help her by tracking down Roger s killer However, the crime is not a simple one and brings him back into contact with those at the centre of power and the Court Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Seymour and Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford London is portrayed as a city rife with religious tension Reformers are under scrutiny, Cranmer fears investigation and there is a climate of fear on the streets Along with the strain between Barak and Tamasin, Matthew s old friend, Guy, has a new apprentice called Piers, who Matthew feels uneasy about As Shardlake attempts to protect his client and track down a killer, you can almost feel the tension, both on the streets and between the characters This is an excellent addition to the series intelligent, thoughtful and well written a superior historical mystery.


  6. Samantha Samantha says:

    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 I have given this book some time to swirl around in my mind since I finished it, and I m still not sure that I can do it justice.Nobody brings Tudor England to life the way Sansom does The sights, smells, sounds.it is easy for the reader to imagine that they are walking along next to dear Matthew as he walks the crowded London streets This is what I first fell in love with in Sansom s writing back in Dissolution The next thing that drew me in was Shardlake himself I love the way Sansom presents him as a character that the reader can relate to and admire despite his flaws We share his doubt, fears, and longings as if Matthew is our very best friend I can feel my heart twist in my chest when he is hurting.Then there is the mystery, which I know is supposed to be the main point Though it is expertly done, this is only part of the attraction of the novel for me The cases that Matthew is wrapped up in for this installment once again bring him closer to court than he is comfortable with, and the reader is given a fun glimpse of the Seymour brothers as Henry VIII nears his end and targets his final wife, Catherine Parr.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 Sansom takes this opportunity to evaluate the religious war taking place in England at the time along with Matthew s personal doubts.If I had one minor complaint about this book it was that the author attributes many protestant beliefs to Martin Luther than he did not hold Maybe this was believed at the time, and that is why he chose to write it that way or maybe it was a simple mistake Specifically, Martin Luther did not believe that certain people were predestined to hell This is a belief accurately attributed to Calvinists On the other hand, Luther did believe in the true body and blood of Jesus being present in the Eucharist, though not all protestants did.Revelation was captivating in its plot, historical detail, and character development I am only afraid that soon I will run out of Shardlake novels to read.


  7. Phee Phee says:

    Another great instalment in one of my favourite series It s so sad I hear literally no one talk about these Anyone who s a fan of Tudor England and mysteries will adore them There so well written and keep you interested throughout, despite the length of the novels I must say, I prefer the ones that are set in London rather than else where This one and book two are both set in London and are my favourites of the four I have read so far This one held another great mystery, a serial killer whose victims are killed in a fashion that mimics some of the book of Revelation, hence the books title Although I found the killer to be obvious in this one you do get plenty of suspicious characters and red herrings Sansom makes you doubt yourself and I love the big reveals at the end of each book Everything is tied up and you get the answers to all the questions raised I like this aspect because it means you can leave a gap between reading the next one Each book is its own self contained story, the character development obviously is an overarching plot so I don t recommend reading them out of order But sometimes years pass between each book Meaning the reader can read the series at leisure, very handy considering how large these books are getting As I did with the previous couple of books, I both listened to the audiobook and read some of the paperback The audiobook is fantastic and I love the narrator He does the audio for all of the novels I believe One thing to add though is that I often found myself falling asleep whilst listening to the audio Which is great sometimes because jet lag has really screwed me over this week and left me exhausted and yet unable to sleep at suitable hours I may leave it a short while until I start the fifth book as I have a few big books lined up next But only two books and I m up to date with the Shardlake series And I can t wait to see where they lead.


  8. Terri Terri says:

    I may consistently give these C.J Sansom books 4 out of 5 stars with the exception of the third in the series, Sovereign, which I gave 5 stars to , but I do thoroughly enjoy them For me they are the perfect holiday read, or windy wet weather read Sit in a corner with a cup of tea, curl up under a thick quilt in bed, lock yourself away or escape every evening to its pages.C.J Sansom recreates the Tudor world with an ease that all historical fiction authors should aspire to The stories are not always fast paced or addictive, but for me it is not really the power of the story or plot that keeps me coming back again and again, it is the power of the author to open a window in time through which I feel and see and smell Tudor England.It happens everytime I pick up one of these books They are most reliable in that respect.In this fourth instalment of the Matthew Shardlake series, our window is into 1543 London Henry VIII is courting Catherine Parr, the Parliament has brought in controversial anti reformist legislation the legislation that includes prohibiting women and the working classes from reading the bible and religious radicals and conservatives are pulling apart the cultural and social fabric of the city.Within this maelstrom, Matthew and Barak are confronted with an all new horror Gruesome deaths the like of which they have never seen The like of which the city has never seen Orchestrated with the methodical cunning and pathological cruelty that we relate now to being the potential handiwork of serial killers But in the Sixteenth Century, a time of intense religious fervour, some can only fathom it as demonic possession.Running parallel to these killings is the story of a young man, Adam Kite His peculiar and desperate behaviour having landed him in The Bedlam, Shardlake is appointed to the boys case and he must solve the riddle of this young man s mind before the conservative powers would have him burned or some such other grisly fate.If there is anything I can point to as a negative with this book a negative for me at least it would be the amount of religious discussion inserted into the story For other readers it would be appropriate and interesting, and while I do agree with its appropriateness as the country was alive with religious debate I would not agree with it being interesting I would have shaved it back a degree as it got in the way of the semi thrilling hunt for a killer or killers.


  9. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    I really enjoy this series of mystery novels set in the reign of Henry VIII The author has a gift for weaving the historical backstory into the mystery and generating a very evocative atmosphere of London in the 16th century Through the characters and other story lines running through the novel, many pictures of daily life emerge including the practice of Medicine at the time, the workings of the sewerage system, construction of false teeth and of course the upheaval in religion and the chucrches during the reformation In this fourth novel of the series, Henry is courting his sixth wife, Catherine Parr The city is tense with religious unrest following the dissolution of the monasteries and those caught preaching on the streets are arrested and put to death When several bizarre murders are uncovered, one victim being a close friend of lawyer Matthew Shardlake, there are fears that of a plot against the King and Archbishop Cramer hires Matthew and his assistant Jack Barak to hunt down the killer Matthew has also been hired to look into the case of a young man, seized with religious fervour who has been locked in Bedlam for his own safety This is a long novel, but I enjoyed every page of it as Matthew uses his detective skills to tease out the identity of the killer.


  10. C.W. C.W. says:

    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 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 set his sights on a reluctant Catherine Parr, his own waning spirituality, and the brutality of existence in Tudor London As always, Sansom paints a realistic portrait of an era where power and wealth are the ultimate prize and life is easily disposed of his attention to detail conjures a time both vastly different and eerily reminiscent of our own, a world where religious fundamentalism threatens to uproot the foundations of reason and men struggle to come to terms with the meaning of justice and faith Excellent