C. J. Sansom

2009 Nominee

National Book Awards Crime Book of the Year

2008 Nominee

CWA Historical Dagger

09 May 2024
672 pages


'C. J. Sansom’s books are arguably the best Tudor novels going' – The Sunday Times

Revelation is the haunting fourth book in C. J. Sansom's bestselling Shardlake series, perfect for fans of Hilary Mantel and Philippa Gregory.

England, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. Archbishop Thomas 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 zealot detained in the Bedlam insane asylum, and whom he fears could be burned as a heretic. But when an old friend is horrifically murdered, Shardlake determines 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 physician friend Guy Malton, uncovers a series of terrible murders which soon bring talk of sorcery and demonic possession – for what else would the Tudor mind make of a serial killer . . . ?

This is the fourth novel in C. J. Sansom's thrilling historical series. Continue the series with Heartstone.

Sansom’s meticulous attention to historical detail and vivid characters make this Tudor mystery as gripping and vital as any modern thriller
The fourth in C. J. Sansom’s superb Tudor detective series . . . As with the previous books, Samson’s narrative is highly visual and Revelation will clearly make a white-knuckle film . . . don’t expect to put the book down until you’ve seen it through to the apocalyptic finale
Sansom’s deeply resonant novel depicts Tudor London as a benighted city overrun by fundamentalist fanatics, heretic-burners and the madness of crowds, while his narrative’s tingling intrigues will have you hooked from first page to last