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Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake 5) - C. J. Sansom

Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake 5) - C. J. Sansom

Title: Heartstone

Author:  C. J. Sansom

ISBN:  9781405092739

Weight:  990 g

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Heartstone by C. J. Sansom

The fifth spellbinding mystery in C. J. Sansom’s number one bestselling Shardlake series, for fans of Hilary Mantel and Philippa Gregory.

Shardlake goes to war…

England, 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 Fettiplace, 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 both with 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…

Peer & Press Reviews

Shardlake and Barak are one of the best double acts in historical fiction…  If you haven’t yet discovered the Shardlake series, you’re in for a treat.

Literary Review

Heartstone, as bristling as its predecessors with outlandish deaths, suspicious behaviour, jeopardy and plots of fiendish deviousness, plunges you into catastrophic upheavals caused by Henry’s foreign policy.  Throughout, Heartstone is a rousing tour de force of period re-creation, testifying to Samson’s fascination with history…  Like all the Shardlake books, Heartstone winningly shows Sansom’s crafty flair for hoodwinking even the most hawk-eyed reader.

SPeter Kemp, Sunday Times Culture

A great attraction of CJ Sansom’s series of novels set in the reign of Henry VIII lies not merely in the authentic background but in the personality of the main character – that persistent seeker after truth, Matthew Shardlake, Sansom’s intelligent hunchbacked Tudor lawyer…  Sansom brilliantly exploits the hindsight we bring to the historical novel, for we turn the pages with bated breath, waiting for the inevitable, wondering who will survive.  Life aboard the ship, top-heavy, crowded with soldiers and sailors, is rivetingly described.  It’s a long struggle for Shardlake, but the hill of truth is well worth climbing.

Jane Jakeman, Independent

Bibliographic Info

Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
SeriesMatthew Shardlake (#5)
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.
(Printed on this page is the title and the phrase ‘signed first edition’.)
Awards and Media
Awards and prizesWalter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2011 – shortlist
Book Stats
PublisherPan Macmillan
Publication date
Printed byCPI Mackays, Chatham
ISBN 139781405092739
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 162 x 54mm
Packed weight1.302kg [very heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Jacket photographsJeff Cottenden with kind permission of The Mary Rose Trust
Back flap photoCorbis Images
LetteringStephen Raw
Map artworkNeil Gower

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