Books by C.J. Sansom

C.J. Sansom earned a Ph.D. in history and was a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer. His first Shardlake novel, Dissolution, was published by Viking.


LAMENTATION by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Shakespearean characterization and Byzantine plotting: Amid all the stink and muck of Tudor London, Sansom offers a master class in royal intrigue."
Sansom follows the further adventures of Matthew Shardlake, Serjeant at Law (Heartstone, 2011, etc.), as the good lawyer is summoned by Queen Catherine during the last days of Henry VIII's reign.Read full book review >
DOMINION by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"A rich and densely plotted story that will make Winston Churchill buffs admire the man even more."
What did you do in the war, Pater—eh, Vater? Read full book review >
HEARTSTONE by C.J. Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 24, 2011

"The characters are sympathetic and the quirks of the historic courts interesting enough, but the plot is so tangled in the tedium of troop movements and provisions that it drags on longer than Catherine and Henry's marriage. Best for historical sticklers, military fans and encyclopedists."
Matthew Shardlake, the hunchback serjeant of the Tudor courts, undertakes his fifth series of cases (Revelation, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
REVELATION  by C.J. Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 2009

"Shardlake's fourth adventure is packed with fascinating historical detail and contemporary lessons. The mystery is cleverly woven, and slowly building tension will keep readers involved until the denouement."
When a lawyer's friend is murdered in Henry VIII's England, he vows to solve the crime. Read full book review >
WINTER IN MADRID by C.J. Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 28, 2008

"Wise and melancholy and, eventually, very tense."
The uneasy relationship of three British schoolmates haunts their adult lives during the first years of Francisco Franco's dark Spanish dictatorship in a novel from the author of the excellent Matthew Shardlake Tudor detective stories (Sovereign, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
SOVEREIGN by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Highly intelligent entertainment."
Renaissance barrister Matthew Shardlake joins Henry VIII's mammoth progress to the rebellious North on a mission from the wily Cardinal Cranmer. Read full book review >
DARK FIRE by C.J. Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 17, 2005

"Rich period detail and solid history underpin the totally imaginary Greek Fire business. "
Tudor barrister Matthew Shardlake (Dissolution, 2003) plumbs the mysteries of Byzantine flame-throwing as he fights for the life of an accused murderess. Read full book review >
DISSOLUTION by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2003

"Spooky atmosphere and a wealth of fascinating historical tidbits suffer from rather grinding detective work."
A brilliant lawyer investigates murder in a monastery that's under attack by Henry VIII's greedy forces of secularism. Read full book review >