CJ Sansom

Shardlake: Lamentation
  • Shardlake: Lamentation

    • CJ Sansom

    • Justin Salinger (Read by)

    • Bryan Dick (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Jessica Hardwick (Read by)

    A breathtaking BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of the sixth novel in C. J. Sansom's best-selling Tudor crime series, featuring lawyer-detective Matthew Shardlake

    1546, and the great heretic hunt is underway across England. The radical Protestant preacher Anne Askew has been arrested and condemned to death, and Shardlake is ordered to attend the burning. It's a grisly, cruel spectacle that leaves him feeling disturbed. Rumours are circulating that Anne had connections to his protector, Queen Catherine Parr - and if she falls, he could be next...

    His unease deepens when a messenger arrives from Whitehall Palace: the Queen is in trouble, and asking for his help. Unwilling to put himself in danger again, he almost declines - but his loyalty to her permits no refusal.

    The palace is in turmoil - King Henry VIII is dying, and his Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a desperate power struggle to control his eight-year-old heir, Prince Edward. In this climate of fear and uncertainty, the Queen has committed a dangerous indiscretion. She has written a compromising confessional tract, so incendiary it could see her accused of treason - and someone has stolen it from her private chamber. Only one page has resurfaced, clenched in the fist of a murdered printer.

    Shardlake's search for the missing manuscript takes him from London's seedy backstreets to the heart of the Tudor court, where he becomes enmeshed in a web of intrigue, deception and dark political machinations - and finds himself facing a fateful audience with King Henry himself...

    Justin Salinger stars as Shardlake in this stunning sixth instalment of the 'Shardlake' series.

    'From the exquisite embroidery on a sliver of silk to the metallic stench of fresh blood, this portrait of Tudor England is full-on sensory immersion... CJ Sansom's novel is brought to life by dramatist Colin MacDonald, director Bruce Young and an outstanding cast.' - Jane Anderson, Radio Times

    Written by C. J. Sansom
    Dramatised by Colin MacDonald
    Produced and directed by Bruce Young

    Shardlake - Justin Salinger
    Barak - Bryan Dick
    Queen Catherine - Jessica Hardwick
    Lord Parr - Robbie Jack
    Henry VIII - Michael Mackenzie
    Richard Rich - Simon Donaldson
    William Paget - Gavin Mitchell
    Charles Stice - Matthew Barker
    William Cecil - James Rottger
    Myldmore - Kenny Blyth
    Okedene - Mark McDonnell
    Cranmer - Crawford Logan
    Mary Odell - Francesca Dymond
    Barwic - Mark Jeary
    Elias - Caleb Hughes
    Garet - Harri Pitches
    Other parts played by the cast

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18-29 January 2021

CJ Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Sussex.

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