Justice for the Cardinal (Tudor Saga #3), by David Field

Eight stars

David Field continues his new Tudor series, perfect for fans of this time in history. The focus turns to Thomas Cromwell, the endearing close advisor of King Henry VIII. With Anne Boleyn on the throne, there is talk that she might be losing her lustre. With only a female heir to her name, Henry is getting tired of waiting and there are whispers about Anne’s past infidelities that could ruin Henry’s future. Cromwell does what he knows best, spreads loose facts mixed with rumours to create an insurmountable case against Anne. Cromwell also learns some disturbing news about the line of secession before the current Henry’s father, which could, if it comes out publicly, could cause series issues for the Tudor line. He holds onto it as Anne is executed by the maritally fickle King, whose eyes turn to another woman. During Jane Seymour’s brief time on the throne, Henry got his male heir, but lost a wife in the process. Cromwell turned to finding the next great wife for Henry, all the while holding onto this major bit of news that could make heads—literally—roll. When a foreign princess, Anna of Kleve, arrives to wed Henry, there is a serious breach and panic ensues. Henry must save face and denies having ever wanted this German woman as his wife. Surely the portrait sent did not depict the woman Henry thought he loved. Someone must be to blame and Cromwell seems the easiest target. David Field does well with this piece, dazzling those who like historical fiction with his attention to detail. Recommended to those who have been following the series, as well as readers who love the Tudor era.

I am so happy to see that David Field continuing with this series, which mixes some of the well-known parts of history with lesser published bits. Field injects a wonderful narrative and balances it with the development of a key character of the era, this time Thomas Cromwell. The man who served as Henry VIII’s right hand man on some issues proved to have the most difficult of positions. Trying to keep the King happy and the Court running well proves to be problematic, with so many balls up in the air. Cromwell feels the pressure from all sides but continues to do his best to keep everything working well. However, there comes a time when something must give and Cromwell may become the victim of his own attempt to keep a crazed man satisfied. Others make a mark in this tale that helps push forward the Tudor narrative. Some great characters from history are peppered throughout this story and Field develops them effectively to keep the story on point. A great piece with a mix of different length chapters to keep the reader intrigued and ready to learn a little more. Field has done well with the past novels in this and other historical series. New fans are in for a treat, when they discover how well he presents the issues here. A little deeper than some of his other writing, but well worth the invested effort.

Kudos, Mr. Field, for a great link from the past book. Field has so much to share and does it effectively in a concise manner.

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