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Gelezen door: Noël Gybels (463 boeken)

In de herfst van 1541 trekt Hendrik 8 met zijn hofhouding naar York in het noorden van zijn rijk om verslagen rebellerenden definitief en plechtig te onderwerpen. Shardlake en zijn assistent Jack belanden er in opdracht van aartsbisschop Cranmer en om petities aan de koning te overhandigen. Wanneer de advocaat het doelwit wordt van diverse moordpogingen belanden ze in een wespennest van intriges aangestuurd door diverse machtswellustelingen. Wanneer ook de 5de vrouw van de koning erbij betrokken geraakt, ontspoort de situatie compleet. Opnieuw een ijzersterk verhaal met een verrassende plot. Leespret verzekerd !

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Gelezen door: didgeridoo (22 boeken)

Citaat: "Outside, they were making the final arrangements for the Progress. Great drapes of cloth of gold were being set in layers over the tents. A queue of carts stretched from the gate to the church, loaded with bales of hay, the bedding and fodder for all the horses that would soon arrive. It was cold, with a raw wind, the sky grey. I took a deep breath, and felt giddy for a moment. Barak took my arm.
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The year 1541.

A giant calvacade a mile long is wending its way through the Vale of York.  Following the uncovering of a plot against his throne in Yorkshire, King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to overawe his rebellious subjects there. Accompanied by a thousand soldiers, the cream of the nobility and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, the King is to attend an extravagant submission of the local gentry at York, the climax of the greatest Progress of Tudor times.

Also travelling to York at the behest of Archbishop Cranmer are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission for Cranmer - to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator who is to be returned to Londen for interrogation.

But the murder of a York glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connnected not only tot the prisoner in York Castle but also to the royal family itself,  As the Great Progress arrives in the city, Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret documents which could shake the Tudor throne, and a chain of events unfolds that will leave Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age...

Amazing story which got me hooked from page one.

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