The fourth novel in the Shardlake series. Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies. Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy who has been placed in the Bedlam insane asylum, before his terrifying religious mania leads to him being burned as a heretic.
When an old friend is horrifically murdered Shardlake vows to bring the killer to justice. His search leads him to Cranmer and Catherine Parr - and to the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation.
As London's Bishop Bonner prepares a purge of Protestants Shardlake, together with his assistant, Jack Barak, and his friend, Guy Malton, investigate a series of horrific murders which are already bringing frenzied talk of witchcraft and demonic possession - for what else would the Tudor mind make of a serial killer . . .?
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A rather gruesome but well thought out story, full of local knowledge coupled with a fascinating account of the history of the day - I could not put it down.
C. J. Sansom's story lines keep the suspense going. I have read all the books so far in this series. I love the main characters who are warm and likeable, Barak adds colour and humour even in the most dire situations. I can't wait to get into the next book. Highly recommended!
A serial killer in a Tudor environment without the modern profiling and associated technology? This is creativity at its best. Reminded me of a recent film. However, the introduction of the seven vials from Revelation was a stroke of genius!.
The way in which the differing theological and reformist views was handled showed a real grasp of the issues involved. I particularly enjoyed the cameos of the movers and shakers of the reformist tradition as they were woven into the story. It gave a real foundation to the elements of political dogma and politicking of the time.
This has been the one Sansom volume I was unable to put down! I would certainly listen to it again, for I think there are many nuances which I have not picked up in a first encounter.
Revelation is terrifyingly dark in places and not an easy story to hear at times, but nonetheless another brilliant Shardlake book. The reading is excellent...the narrator changes his tone and accent appropriately without the parody that some resort to, particularly when reading the women's speeches.
Well spun plot, in which we learn more of the back story of our main characters and that Tudor mental health problem were treated as humanely as we do today (not very well)
In this we delve a little deeper into both Baraks and Shardlakes characters and emotions. The story is, as usual, utterly fascinating and gripping! Bring on Heartstone.
Great story, the narration is excellent and characterisation consistent across the books. already download the next one.
I love Sansom's Shardlake series so far, but this instalment seemed to lose its way a little and I felt my attention wandering - whereas others have focused greatly on the history of the times, I found Revelation turned in to more of a whodunnit, with the characters chasing after the bad guy and continually being thwarted. It hasn't put me off though and I am looking forward to the next novel.
To write about a period in history that has been 'over written' without making the reader feel like they have heard it all before is a real achievement. It was so refreshing to visualise thus era with a complete and utter joy and an act of sheer brilliance!
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