Heartstone by C. J. Sansom

Heartstone by C. J. Sansom is the fifth book in the Matthew Shardlake series. The story takes place in the Summer of 1545, when Henry VIII had to defend the southern coast from a French invasion, after his attempt to invade northern France was unsuccessful.

Heartstone by C. J. Sansom

Amazingly, this book actually gave me some rather interesting points to think about (and research) for my next essay at University. For example, how the debasement of the coinage affected London and big cities compared to smaller towns. Like all his books, Heartstone deals with some complicated plots, but very intriguing. I was surprised by some of the turns the story took, as I wasn’t expecting them.

It was an another 5 star book in the series. I’m really happy I’ve started reading them, as they are so entertaining and really fascinating.

Heartstone by C. J. Sansom

Details about the picture: I thought a forest would be the perfect setting for this book, but I don’t live near a forest, so I went to a nearby park and took some pictures with the trees in the background.
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: Yes
Published by: Pan Publishing
Year it was published: 2011
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Pages: 730

About the author: Christopher John Sansom is an English writer of crime novels. Born in 1952, he gained a BA and a PhD in history at the University of Birmingham. He worked as a solicitor, in Sussex, before deciding to work as a full-time writer.
He is known for his series of mystery historical fiction novels taking place in the 16th century. The main character is hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake. An adaptation of Dissolution is commissioned by the BBC and the others might follow. Winter in Madrid is a thriller set in 1940 Spain and deals with the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.
Matthew Shardlake series: Dissolution, Dark Fire, Sovereign, Revelation, Heartstone, Lamentation, Tombland.
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2 thoughts on “Heartstone by C. J. Sansom”

  • It’s a fun bonus that a fictional book was able to spark ideas for your university research!

    • I agree. I didn’t think that I would stop and make some notes from a fiction book, but that’s makes reading the book even better. 🙂 Thanks again for the recommendations. x

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