Released on 16 July 2015.
National Book Awards Crime Book of the Year
Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
CWA Historical Dagger
Heartsone is C. J. Sansom's fifith spellbinding mystery inthe Shardlake series.
Summer, 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 . . .
C. J. Sansom
As Henry VIII’s warship Mary Rose is unveiled in Portsmouth 471 years after it sank, we revisit C.J Sansom's piece on the ship central to his fifth Shardlake novel, Heartstone.
Listen to an extract from the unabridged audiobook of Heartstone by C. J. Sansom, read by Steven Crossley.