I was extremely excited when C.J. Sansom returned to his famous lawyer Matthew Shardlake for book #7. In 1549, the nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old; his uncle, Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Edward's regent and protector in turbulent times.
Matthew Shardlake works in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the lady Elizabeth. A gruesome murder of one of Elizabeth's distant relations, rumored to be politically motivated, draws Shardlake and his companion Nicholas to the lady's summer estate, where a second murder is committed. The kingdom erupts into rebellion, peasants are taking up arms all over the country as a result of the abuses imposed on them by the greedy lords and barons. Nicholas is imprisoned for his loyalty, and Shardlake must decide where his loyalties lie -- with his kingdom, or with his lady? A fascinating book. I learned so much about the Peasants Revolt of that time and as well as trying to solve the murder that Shardlake had been tasked by the lady Elizabeth to investigate. A wonderful read!