• Révolution

    C. J. Sansom

    • Belfond
    • 5 Novembre 2020

    Une nouvelle enquête de Matthew Shardlake, l'avocat bossu et humaniste. Plongé bien malgré lui dans la violence de l'Angleterre des Tudors, sa loyauté envers la famille royale risque d'être mise à rude épreuve...
    Deux ans après la mort d'Henri VIII et alors que l'Angleterre glisse lentement mais sûrement dans le chaos, Matthew Shardlake se voit confier une délicate mission par Lady Élisabeth, la fille du défunt roi. John Boleyn, l'un de ses plus proches amis, est accusé du meurtre de sa femme, la mystérieuse Edith. Or, non seulement Lady Élisabeth est convaincue de l'innocence de son ami, mais l'inculpation de Boleyn pourrait bien venir compromettre sa propre sécurité et sa possible accession au trône.
    Shardlake accepte donc de se rendre à Norwich, sur les lieux du crime, afin d'éclaircir les sombres circonstances de la mort d'Edith. Mais à peine a-t-il commencé son enquête qu'une violente révolte paysanne éclate dans la région. Shardlake découvre alors que le meurtre d'Edith pourrait avoir un lien avec tous ces troubles politiques...
    Traduit de l'anglais par Georges-Michel Sarotte.

  • Sombres machinations, passions dévastatrices et tensions religieuses au coeur de l'Angleterre tourmentée des Tudor ; une nouvelle enquête de Matthew Shardlake, le talentueux avocat bossu, confronté au plus grand des défis : sauver la reine. Angleterre, été 1546
    Rien ne va plus au royaume des Tudor : alors que le tyrannique Henri VIII s'apprête à pousser son dernier soupir, le pays se retrouve de nouveau en proie aux pires tensions religieuses. À l'heure de recommander son âme à Dieu, Henri VIII, bâtisseur de la foi anglicane, entreprend un ultime rapprochement avec Rome et le catholicisme. La chasse aux hérétiques protestants est de nouveau ouverte, et les bûchers ne désemplissent pas.
    C'est dans ce contexte explosif que l'avocat bossu Matthew Shardlake se voit contacté par la reine Catherine Parr, sixième épouse du souverain. Celle-ci se trouve dans une situation délicate : protestante convaincue, la reine a déposé ses pensées dans son journal intime, sous l'intitulé " Lamentation d'une pècheresse ". Un journal qui a disparu et dont quelques feuillets ont été retrouvés chez un imprimeur fraîchement assassiné. Et si les conseillers catholiques du roi avaient en leur possession la preuve de l'hérésie de la souveraine ? Quelle machination se cache derrière le vol du journal ? Que risque-t-elle si l'affaire arrive jusqu'aux oreilles d'Henri VIII ?
    Prêt à tout pour aider sa fidèle protectrice, Shardlake se lance dans une enquête épineuse et particulièrement dangereuse. À qui se fier ? Et si les amis protestants étaient plus dangereux que les ennemis catholiques ? Comment pénétrer le milieu des activistes religieux sans prendre le risque d'être soi-même accusé d'hérésie et de finir au bûcher ?

  • Un roman historique à suspense et une nouvelle enquête pour Matthew Shardlake, l'avocat bossu humaniste et brillant, chargé de faire la lumière sur une mystérieuse et meurtrière affaire de tutelle. Une plongée dans la tumultueuse Angleterre des Tudor, sur fond de passions belliqueuses, de déchirements religieux et de corruption des autorités politique et judiciaire.

    Un labyrinthe de fausses pistes, une plongée fascinante dans l'atmosphère sulfureuse et violente de l'Angleterre des Tudors, une nouvelle enquête de tous les dangers pour le brillant avocat bossu Matthew Shardlake. Été 1545. Alors que le pays se prépare à repousser les troupes françaises, Matthew Shardlake se voit confier une mission délicate par la reine : enquêter sur l'étrange suicide de Michael Calfhill. Fils d'une fidèle suivante, ce précepteur a été retrouvé pendu après avoir déposé plainte contre les Hobbey, un couple chargé de protéger les biens de son ancien élève Hugh Curteys. Mais de quelles " monstruosités " Hugh aurait-il été la victime ? Et pourquoi le troublant jeune homme se montre-t-il si peu concerné par cette affaire ? Avec acharnement, et au péril de sa vie, Matthew entreprend de sonder les odieux secrets des Hobbey. À leur suite, c'est toute la corruption des institutions que l'avocat va mettre au jour. Et dans un royaume régi par le pouvoir et l'argent, certains sont prêts à tout pour conserver leurs privilèges...

  • Une double enquête pour le héros de Dissolution, l'attachant et talentueux avocat bossu Matthew Shardlake, aux prises avec des alchimistes sans scrupules, des espions de tous bords et des meurtriers sanguinaires.
    Dans le Londres étouffant de l'été 1540, les esprits s'échauffent : la jeune Elizabeth Wentworth vient d'être reconnue coupable du meurtre de son cousin. Du fait de son étrange comportement, tous la croient habitée par le démon. Tous, sauf son oncle, et Matthew, bien décidé à découvrir la vérité. Mais c'est compter sans Thomas Cromwell et la nouvelle mission dont il charge l'avocat : lui rapporter les " larmes du diable ", le feu grégeois inventé par les alchimistes byzantins. Dans douze jours, Cromwell compte offrir cette arme redoutable à Henri VIII pour regagner ses faveurs. Et dans douze jours, Matthew doit prouver l'innocence d'Elizabeth, sans quoi elle mourra sous la torture. Un terrifiant compte à rebours a commencé : Matthew pourra-t-il retrouver à temps la formule ? Saura-t-il aider Cromwell à retrouver la confiance d'Henri VIII ? Parviendra-t-il à sauver Elizabeth du terrible supplice qui l'attend ?

  • Dans la magnificence sulfureuse de l'Angleterre des Tudors, une enquête périlleuse pour l'attachant et talentueux avocat bossu Matthew Shardlake, égaré dans le dédale des complots de la cour du sanguinaire Henry VIII.

    Automne 1541. Une spectaculaire caravane se déploie sur une route du Yorkshire. Henry VIII et sa cour se rendent à York, afin d'assister à la reddition de la ville, siège d'une rébellion papiste. Matthew Shardlake se trouve déjà sur place. Chargé de rédiger les pièces juridiques adressées au roi, il accepte avec réticence une mission très spéciale de l'archevêque Cranmer : veiller sur la sécurité d'un dangereux prisonnier, Broderick, l'un des chefs de la conspiration, qui est transféré à Londres pour y être interrogé. Mais les événements vont prendre une tournure inquiétante. Un artisan est assassiné, de mystérieux papiers sont subtilisés... La découverte d'un secret terrifiant, impliquant le roi lui-même, va entraîner Matthew dans une enquête des plus téméraires, et lui faire connaître le pire des sorts pour un sujet d'Henry VIII : la prison de la Tour de Londres...

  • Dominion

    C. J. Sansom

    Et si les nazis avait conquis l'Angleterre ? Et si la Seconde Guerre mondiale avait pris fin en 1940 ? Soudain, l'Histoire prend un tout autre tournant... Dans la lignée d'Un hiver à Madrid, une oeuvre magistrale, un incroyable travail de reconstitution de l'Angleterre des années 1940/1950, une uchronie de haute volée, brillant pendant britannique du Complot contre l'Amérique de Philip Roth.Et si Winston Churchill avait été écarté du pouvoir en 1940 ? Et si les nazis avaient alors conquis l'Angleterre ? Entre roman d'espionnage, polar historique et politique-fiction, une oeuvre magistrale où l'auteur imagine le sort d'une Europe qui aurait pactisé avec le diable. Acclamé outre-Manche, un roman captivant, aux troublantes résonances contemporaines.
    Hiver 1952. Douze ans que l'Angleterre s'est rangée du côté de Hitler après la prise de Dunkerque. Douze ans que le pays a perdu son indépendance pour devenir un dominion, un satellite de l'axe nazi. Douze ans que les services de la Résistance attendent un signe de Winston Churchill pour embraser le pays.
    Parmi eux, David Fitzgerald, fonctionnaire d'origine juive, se voit confier une mission des plus périlleuses : protéger un scientifique porteur d'un secret classé défense. Un secret capable de renverser l'équilibre du monde et que la Gestapo est bien décidée à récupérer avant lui.
    Aidé de la mystérieuse Natalia, artiste réfugiée d'Europe de l'Est, et de Ben, fougueux Écossais communiste, David va devoir prendre tous les risques pour tenter d'échapper aux sbires de l'officier Gunther Hoth. Mais est-il encore temps de changer le cours de l'Histoire ?

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    À la fois roman d'espionnage, histoire d'amour tragique et somptueux tableau du Madrid exsangue de l'hiver 1940, une oeuvre magistrale, sombre et ambitieuse, entre Graham Greene et le Hemingway de Pour qui sonne le glas.
    Dans le chaos qui suit la guerre civile espagnole, Harry Brett, interprète à l'ambassade britannique, peine à reconnaître le Madrid de sa jeunesse. La ville n'est plus qu'un champ de ruines. Chargé par les services secrets anglais d'espionner un ancien camarade de collège lié à la faction extrémiste des nationalistes espagnols, Harry espère secrètement retrouver Bernie, son meilleur ami, fervent communiste porté disparu lors de la guerre civile. Aidé par Barbara, l'ancienne maîtresse de Bernie, et surtout par Sofia, une jeune étudiante en médecine dont il va tomber passionnément amoureux, Harry ignore encore qu'il n'est qu'un pion manipulé par des politiciens sans scrupules... Entre dilemmes, compromissions et ambiguïtés morales douteuses, dans une partie d'échecs où tous les coups sont permis, chacun des joueurs de ce quintet amoureux perdra quelque chose : ses illusions, ses certitudes, ses espoirs, voire la vie, tandis que l'Europe gronde du bruit de l'avancée nazie...

  • Anglais Dark Fire

    C J Sansom

    Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, Dark Fire is the second thrilling historical crime novel from C. J. Sansom.It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment . . .The secret of Greek Fire, the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroyed the Arab navies, has been lost for centuries. Now an official of the Court of Augmentations has discovered the formula in the library of a dissolved London monastery. When Shardlake is sent to recover it, he finds the official and his alchemist brother horribly murdered - the formula has disappeared.Now Shardlake must follow the trail of Greek Fire across Tudor London, while trying at the same time to prove his young client's innocence. But very soon he discovers nothing is as it seems . . .

  • Anglais Lamentation

    C J Sansom

    Matthew Shardlake is back in Lamentation, from the number one bestselling author C. J. Sansom.
    Summer, 1546.
    King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr.
    Shardlake, still haunted by events aboard the warship Mary Rose the year before, is working on the Cotterstoke Will case, a savage dispute between rival siblings. Then, unexpectedly, he is summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his old patron, the now beleaguered and desperate Queen.
    For Catherine Parr has a secret. She has written a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, so radically Protestant that if it came to the King's attention it could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing down. But, although the book was kept secret and hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen's private chamber, it has - inexplicably - vanished. Only one page has been found, clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer.
    Shardlake's investigations take him on a trail that begins among the backstreet printshops of London but leads him and Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of the politics of the royal court; a world he had sworn never to enter again. Loyalty to the Queen will drive him into a swirl of intrigue inside Whitehall Palace, where Catholic enemies and Protestant friends can be equally dangerous, and the political opportunists, who will follow the wind wherever it blows, more dangerous than either.
    The theft of Queen Catherine's book proves to be connected to the terrible death of Anne Askew, while his involvement with the Cotterstoke litigants threatens to bring Shardlake himself to the stake.The previous books in the bestselling Shardlake series are Dissolution, Dark Fire, Sovereign, Revelation and Heartstone.

  • Angleterre, 1543. Après la Réforme, le retour de Henry VIII au catholicisme fait régner la terreur dans tout le pays. Censure, persécution, bûcher... Personne n'est à l'abri d'une condamnation pour hérésie. Réhabilité depuis peu et chargé de défendre un jeune exalté interné à l'asile de Bedlam, l'humaniste Matthew Shardlake entend se tenir à l'écart des conflits. Jusqu'à ce que l'un de ses pairs soit retrouvé noyé dans la fontaine de Lincoln's Inn, la gorge tranchée. Au nom de leur vieille amitié et par affection pour la veuve du défunt, Matthew se lance à la poursuite du coupable. Mais, quand plusieurs meurtres étrangement similaires sont commis coup sur coup, son enquête prend une tournure inquiétante. Une piste s'impose peu à peu : celle d'un tueur inspiré par l'Apocalypse de saint Jean...

  • Anglais Winter in Madrid

    Sansom C J

    1940: The Spanish Civil War is over, and Madrid lies ruined, its people starving, while the Germans continue their relentless march through Europe. Britain now stands alone while General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war. Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett: a traumatised veteran of Dunkirk turned reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of old schoolfriend Sandy Forsyth, now a shady Madrid businessman, Harry finds himself involved in a dangerous game – and surrounded by memories. Meanwhile Sandy’s girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged on a secret mission of her own – to find her former lover Bernie Piper, a passionate Communist in the International Brigades, who vanished on the bloody battlefields of the Jarama. In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid is an intimate and compelling tale which offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding, and the profound impact of impossible choices. ‘Sansom adroitly draws the disparate strands of his ambitious saga together. His non-pareil evocations of time and place anchor his characters with satisfying precision’ Independent

  • Anglais Heartstone

    Sansom C J

    Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, and England is in the grip of soaring inflation and economic crisis. Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of "monstrous wrongs" committed against a young ward of the court, which have already involved one mysterious death, Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth. Once arrived, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city preparing to become a war zone; and Shardlake takes the opportunity to also investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettipace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam. The emerging mysteries around the young ward, and the events that destroyed Ellen's family nineteen years before, involve Shardlake in reunions both with an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne. Events will converge on board one of the King’s great warships, primed for battle in Portsmouth harbour . . .

  • Anglais Dissolution

    Sansom C J

    Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church and the country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. Under the order of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent through the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: the monasteries are to be dissolved. But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's Commissioner Robin Singleton, has been found dead, his head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege – a black cockerel sacrificed on the alter, and the disappearance of Scarnsea's Great Relic. Dr Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and longtime supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell into this atmosphere of treachery and death. But Shardlake's investigation soon forces him to question everything he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes . . .

  • Anglais Revelation

    Sansom C J

    Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. But this time the object of his affections is resisting. Archbishop 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 boy, a religious maniac locked in the Bedlam hospital for the insane. Should he be released to his parents, when his terrifying actions could lead to him being burned as a heretic? When an old friend is horrifically murdered Shardlake promises his widow, for whom he has long had complicated feelings, to bring the killer to justice. His search leads him to both Cranmer and Catherine Parr – and with 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 his friend, Guy Malton, follow the trail of a series of horrific murders that shake them to the core, and which are already bringing frenzied talk of witchcraft and a demonic possession – for what else would the Tudor mind make of a serial killer . . .?

  • Anglais Sovereign

    Sansom C J

    Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city 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 – to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a local glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. And when Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret papers which could threaten the Tudor throne, a chain of events unfolds that will lead Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age . . . 'Sansom is a master storyteller' Guardian 'So compulsive that, until you reach its final page, you’ll have to be almost physically prised away from it' Sunday Times 'Deeper, stronger and subtler than The Name of the Rose' Independent on Sunday

  • Anglais Dominion

    Sansom C J

    1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints. There are terrible rumours too about what is happening in the basement of the German Embassy at Senate House. Defiance, though, is growing. In Britain, Winston Churchill's Resistance organization is increasingly a thorn in the government's side. And in a Birmingham mental hospital an incarcerated scientist, Frank Muncaster, may hold a secret that could change the balance of the world struggle for ever. Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, secretly acting as a spy for the Resistance, is given the mission by them to rescue his old friend Frank and get him out of the country. Before long he, together with a disparate group of Resistance activists, will find themselves fugitives in the midst of London's Great Smog; as David's wife Sarah finds herself drawn into a world more terrifying than she ever could have imagined. And hard on their heels is Gestapo Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Hoth, brilliant, implacable hunter of men . . .

  • Anglais Winter in Madrid

    Sansom C J

    A #1 internationally bestselling novel set in post-Civil War Spain by the author of Dominion and the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series
    September 1940: the Spanish Civil War is over, Madrid lies in ruin, while the Germans continue their march through Europe, and General Franco evades Hitler's request that he lead his broken country into yet another war. Into this uncertain world comes a reluctant spy for the British Secret Service, sent to gain the confidence of Sandy Forsyth, an old school friend turned shady Madrid businessman. Meanwhile, an ex-Red Cross nurse is engaged in a secret mission of her own. Through this dangerous game of intrigue, C. J. Sansom's riveting tale conjures a remarkable sense of history unfolding and the profound impact of impossible choices.

  • Anglais Dark Fire

    Sansom C J

    From the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion comes a second riveting sixteenth-century thriller featuring hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake
    In 1540, during the reign of Henry VIII, Shardlake is asked to help a young girl accused of murder. She refuses to speak in her defense even when threatened with torture. But just when the case seems lost, Thomas Cromwell, the king's feared vicar general, offers Shardlake two more weeks to prove his client's innocence. In exchange, Shardlake must find a lost cache of "Dark Fire," a legendary weapon of mass destruction. What ensues is a page-turning adventure, filled with period detail and history.
    "Atmospheric and engaging" (Margaret George), this second book in Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series delves again into the dark and superstitious world of Cromwell's England introduced in Dissolution.

  • Anglais Sovereign

    Sansom C J

    The third Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery by C. J. Sansom, the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion
    C. J . Sansom has garnered a wider audience and increased critical praise with each new novel published. His first book in the Matthew Shardlake series, Dissolution, was selected by P. D. James in The Wall Street Journal as one of her top five all-time favorite books. Now in Sovereign, Shardlake faces the most terrifying threat in the age of Tudor England: imprisonment int he Tower of London.
    Shardlake and his loyal assistant, Jack Barak, find themselves embroiled in royal intrigue when a plot against King Henry VIII is uncovered in York and a dangerous conspirator they've been charged with transporting to London is connected to the death of a local glazer.

  • Anglais Heartstone

    Sansom C J

    The epic fifth novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series by the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion
    Summer 1545. A massive French armada is threatening England, and Henry VIII has plunged the country into economic crisis to finance the war. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr has asked Matthew Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous" wrongs committed against a young ward of the court. As the French fleet approaches, Shardlake's inquiries reunite him with an old friend-and an old enemy close to the throne.
    This fast-paced fifth installment in C. J. Sansom's "richly entertaining and reassuringly scholarly series" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review) will enchant fans of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The Other Boleyn Girl.

  • Anglais Revelation

    Sansom C J

    The Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series continues with this fourth suspenseful installment by the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion
    In 1543, while Tudor England is abuzz with King Henry VIII's wooing of Lady Catherine Parr, Matthew Shardlake is working to defend a teenage boy, a religious fanatic being held in the infamous Bedlam hospital for the insane. Then, when an old friend is murdered, Shardlake's search for the killer leads him back not only to Bedlam but also to Catherine Parr-and the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation.
    Hailed as a "virtuoso performance" (The Denver Post) and "historical fiction writing at its best" (The Tampa Tribune), Revelation is a must-read for fans of Hilary Mantel, Margaret George, and Philippa Gregory.

  • Anglais Dissolution

    Sansom C J

    From the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion comes the exciting and elegantly written first novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series
    Dissolution is an utterly riveting portrayal of Tudor England. The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry. Shardlake and his young protégé uncover evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason, and when two other murders are revealed, they must move quickly to prevent the killer from striking again.
    A "remarkable debut" (P. D. James), Dissolution introduces a thrilling historical series that is not to be missed by fans of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

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