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By C. J. Sansom

The epic 5th novel within the Matthew Shardlake Tudor secret sequence through the bestselling writer of Winter in Madrid and Dominion

Summer 1545. a big French armada is threatening England, and Henry VIII has plunged the rustic into fiscal hindrance to finance the battle. in the meantime, an previous servant of Queen Catherine Parr has requested Matthew Shardlake to enquire claims of "monstrous" wrongs devoted opposed to a tender ward of the court docket. because the French fleet ways, Shardlake's inquiries reunite him with an previous friend-and an outdated enemy with regards to the throne.

This fast paced 5th installment in C. J. Sansom's "richly wonderful and reassuringly scholarly sequence" (Marilyn Stasio, The big apple occasions e-book Review) will enchant enthusiasts of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The different Boleyn Girl.

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Certain. ’ He tapped his waist the place his handbag hung. I nodded. the kid checked out us with an expression of determined puzzlement. I knocked on the clerk’s door. within, a wide room was once divided in by means of a wood counter. at the a long way aspect, below a window by which the sky was once nonetheless darkening, a skinny, grey-haired clerk in a dusty gown sat operating at a table. A more youthful, thin-faced clerk was once arranging papers at the cabinets that coated the partitions from ground to ceiling. The older clerk seemed up, the regular scratch of his quill ceasing, and came upon to me. His covered face was once expressionless, yet his eyes have been sharp and calculating. He bowed in brief, then laid a couple of ink-stained palms at the counter and stared at me enquiringly, really unintimidated by means of my serjeant’s coif. The clerks held nice strength in all of the courts, yet frequently they confirmed deference to barristers and serjeants. The courtroom of Wards, it appeared, was once diverse. ‘Yes, sir? ’ he requested neutrally. I opened my satchel and laid Michael Calfhill’s summons at the counter. ‘Good day, grasp clerk. My identify is Serjeant Shardlake. I desire to pass on checklist therefore. i think grasp Warner, the Queen’s legal professional, has written to legal professional Sewster. ’ He checked out the paper, then again at me, his expression a coloration extra respectful. ‘Yes, sir. i used to be informed to permit a overdue access at the list. yet grasp Sewster additionally instructed me to claim, sir, that facts to help the plaintiff’s case should be filed quick. ’ ‘I comprehend. have been you advised the guy that laid the invoice of knowledge has died? ’ ‘Yes. ’ He shook his head unfortunately. ‘The plaintiff useless, a legal professional prompt 4 days ahead of the listening to, no depositions, no papers. Sir William can be put in problems on the listening to. the right kind tactics must be undefined. The pursuits of teenagers are at stake, you notice. ’ ‘I will be keen to teach strong appreciation for any assist you may give me now. i'm hoping to have clean depositions almost immediately. ’ I slipped my hand less than my gown, to my handbag, ‘Master – ’ ‘Mylling, sir, under-clerk. ’ He grew to become his palm slowly upwards. i peeked at his younger colleague, nonetheless placing away papers. ‘Oh, don’t heed him,’ Mylling stated. ‘Five shillings within the new funds to determine the entire papers in regards to the wardship, 3 in right silver. ’ I blinked. the total felony and govt approach used to be lubricated through bribes. cash or dear presents have been handed to officers from events to criminal instances, retailers seeking to provide the military, humans wishing to shop for monastic land. yet often those offers have been made semi-covertly, defined as presents in token of private esteem. and those that requested for an excessive amount of too usually, as hearsay stated wealthy had performed final yr, obtained into difficulty. For a clerk to invite a serjeant blatantly for cash like this was once striking. yet this, I mirrored, was once the court docket of Wards. I passed over the money. The younger clerk went on together with his submitting, really tired of what used to be truly regimen enterprise. Mylling’s demeanour grew to become pleasant. ‘I’ll get you at the checklist, sir, and fetch the papers.

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