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4.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 5 4.45 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. J. Sansom Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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C. J. Sansom is an international best-selling author known for riveting suspense and intricately constructed mysteries. His atmospheric prose has earned him an Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, among other accolades.

In the third novel in this riveting series, barrister Matthew Shardlake is faced with the most terrifying threat in the age of Tudor England: his own imprisonment in the Tower of London.

Harsh autumn winds stir the English countryside as King Henry VIII, along with a thousand soldiers and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, make their way from London to York after a violent uprising. Shardlake and his loyal assistant, John Barack, have a secret mission - they must transport a dangerous conspirator back to London for interrogation.

After a local glazier is murdered, Shardlake finds that this death seems not only connected to the prisoner, but to the royal family itself. Shardlake grows more determined when he realizes that a greater threat looms over the crown. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zeena Price | 2/15/2014

    " What a fantastic book. I hardly ever read historical fiction but reading this book has changed my whole perception of it. This book has had nothing but positive reviews and it is easy to see why- the author is so talented at completely transporting the reader into another world. It is, as one reviewer puts it, "pure escapism". The plot is ingenious, the characters memorable, and the prose sheer joy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pbwritr | 2/10/2014

    " Really a very entertaining historical novel about the times of Henry VIII--the great Progress to the North, reformism, murder, conspiracies, questions about the king's legitimacy. Great details about everyday life while on themove, billeting in a town, being a lawyer, government posts--in short, showing that business still was conducted in many fashions like today, but with different levels of modernism--then and now. they had the same requriements we do, at least in this book's view, andit was fascinating to read about lodgings being arranged, a central dining hall, security, and many other aspects of interpersonal relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher WAKELING | 2/8/2014

    " Unpredictably superb, a twist in every tail! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 2/6/2014

    " Couldn't put this one down! Now I have to get my hands on #4... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/1/2014

    " I like each one of these better than the last one I read, maybe because I know the main characters better. This one, though, has the best plot, with the legitmacy of the Tudors in question and both Henry VIII & Catherine Howard appear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/29/2014

    " There was some sloppy editing (using "vice" when the word wanted was "vise"), and the phrasing and other words used were modern, not of the period (such as "a perk of the job"), but the characters were well-fleshed out, the plot kept everything moving, and I had just finished watching all seasons of "The Tudors" and wanted to know more about The Great Progress. I'm not sure I would read other books by this author, as I want my historical fiction written in an authentic voice with appropriate wording so I can retain clean information on the period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Edwards | 1/28/2014

    " I really like this series and enjoy the historical setting and details. As a mystery, it was decent--I figured much of it out well before the ending but it didn't hinder my enjoyment too much. On to the fourth book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/13/2014

    " A great book, full of intrigue. Well written and well worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 1/5/2014

    " This is an excellent series. The brutality is difficult to take but the story is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Mcenaney | 12/27/2013

    " Vivid and fascinating. A great read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cate | 11/24/2013

    " Good insight into the evil side of Henry VIII and Renaissance England. The mystery requires previous knowledge or great interest in the intricacies of royal geneology "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra Castro | 11/4/2013

    " Interesting, like previous CJ Samsom books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz DeMarco | 11/2/2013

    " Really loving this series. It's like read a history book a mystery and a thriller all rolled into one great storyline. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Lee | 4/20/2013

    " Third in this excellent series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 2/3/2013

    " Another gripping episode from Henry VIII's reign. I enjoyed the historical background and there was a realistic all-pervading sense of menace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 12/7/2012

    " Love this series - this is the third one. Wonderful period pieces - though the mysteries themselves sort of end up taking a back stage to the setting and characters which is really ok by me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chefalan30 | 8/11/2012

    " Shard lake continues to impress !!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 5/20/2012

    " I love this series, brings history to life, great plot , tense , and wonderful characters ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 6/30/2011

    " I had waited for this one in a while, it's hard to come by. I loved it, interesting twists & turns. I can't recommend this author enough to lovers of Tudor history and mystery together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 6/26/2011

    " Shardlake reluctantly joins Henry VIII's progress to York. Wonderfully atmospheric with fascinating historical detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 5/23/2011

    " This continues C J Sansom's excellent Matthew Shardlake series, with more fascinating insights into the world of Tudor politics and life on the move from London to the North of England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/16/2011

    " Another fab story in the Shardlake series. I am really enjoying these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/11/2011

    " A bit slow in parts but still great. Part of a wonderful series set in Tudur England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney | 4/30/2011

    " The third in the series and my favorite so far. It was wonderful from start to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 4/11/2011

    " Unpredictably superb, a twist in every tail! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Frances | 4/4/2011

    " I like these books. Nice little mysteries set in Tudor England, which is one of my fixations. this one got very good reviews lately- I think it's not quite as good as reviewed but well worht a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/1/2011

    " Henry is on his fourth wife and has undertaken a "Progress" to the north to make the poor folks up in York submit and grovel to him. Again, a mystery woven into the historical context. Lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/25/2011

    " I have read two of this series, and it is so god I've ordered the first two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 3/11/2011

    " Readable without having read the first 2, but I wouldn't recommend it given a choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 3/8/2011

    " After about 50 pages I was really in to this book. And guess what - till almost last page had not idea who did it :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/25/2011

    " If Sansom isn't a history professor, he should be. I'd bet the farm his classes would be SRO.
    Great story, well written and the narration is spot on. "

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About the Author
C.J. Sansom is the bestselling author of the critically-acclaimed Matthew Sharlake series, as well as the runaway #1 international bestsellers Dominion and Winter in Madrid. He lives in Sussex, England.
About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.