VIII lies on his deathbed, an incendiary manuscript threatens to tear his court
apart in the new installment of C. J. Sansom’s Shardlake series.
1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councilors
prepare for a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the
government. The Catholics decide to focus their attack on Henry’s sixth wife,
the Protestant Queen Catherine Parr. As Catherine begins to lose the king’s
favor, she turns to the shrewd, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake to
contain a potentially fatal secret.
has written a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, a memoir so
radical that if it came to the king’s attention, it could bring her and her
courtly sympathizers to ruination. The London printer into whose hands she
entrusted the manuscript has been murdered, the book nowhere to be found.
Shardlake’s investigations take him down a trail that begins among
printshops in the filthy backstreets of London but leads him once more to the
labyrinthine world of court politics, where Protestant friends can be as
dangerous as Catholic enemies—and those who will support either side to
further their ambition are the most dangerous of all. Download and start listening now!