‘Compulsively gripping Tudor murder mysteries As a plot with a clutch of steel pulls you through dramatic twists and turns and vivid, knowledgeable, widely. Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery [C. J. Sansom] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery. Revelation is a historical mystery novel by British author C. J. Sansom. It is Sansom’s fifth novel, and the fourth in the Matthew Shardlake Series. Set in .
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Preview — Revelation by C. Revelation Matthew Shardlake 4 by C. 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 hos Spring, 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? Hardcoverpages. London, EnglandUnited Sanson. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Revelationplease sign up. Shouldn’t these books be read in order if they are a serial? SaraEliza I agree with Richard.
Not strictly necessary, but the read is richer for taking them in order. V also found that my brain placed the historical …more I agree with Richard. I also found that my brain placed the historical context more vividly than if I were reading randomly.
See 1 question about Revelation…. Lists with This Book. At jus over pages I thought this would last me til xmas 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. Sansom knows how to make the most of it. Life becomes very The fourth installment in this excellent series and it is easily worth five stars. 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: View all 3 comments. 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. 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.
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 revelatikn excellent addition to the series — intelligent, thoughtful and well written — a superior historical mystery. View all 4 comments.
Sep 20, Samantha rated it it was amazing Shelves: With this installment in the Matthew Shardlake series, I think I can safely say that CJ Sansom has sxnsom 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 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 ssnsom Matthew is our very best friend. I can feel my heart twist in my chest when he is hurting. Then there is the mystery, revelatiln I know is supposed to be the main point. Though it is sansim done, this is only part of the attraction of the novel sanxom 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 sanzom a fun tevelation 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 revelayion hell. This is a belief more 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. Another great instalment in one of my favourite series. There so well written and keep you interested throughout, despite the length of the novels. I must sqnsom, 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 wh Another great instalment in one of my favourite series.
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. Sabsom I found the killer to be obvious in this h 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 snsom can leave a gap between revelatjon the next one.
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. I may consistently give these C. Sansom books d out of 5 stars with the exception of the third revelafion the series, Sovereign, which I gave 5 stars tobut 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. X Sansom recreates the Tudor world with an ease that all historical fiction authors should aspire to.
The stories are no I may consistently give these C. The stories are not always fast paced or addictive, but for me it is not really the power revslation 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.
Review: Revelation by CJ Sansom | Books | The Guardian
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 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.