First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Lamentation by C.J. Sansom

fistchapFirst Chapter, First Paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.  Anyone can play — just copy the first paragraph of the first chapter (or prologue) and include a picture of the book cover. Leave your link at Bibliophile by the Sea.  Here’s the opening from Lamentation by C.J. Sansom:

Chapter One
LamentationI did not want to attend the burning.  I have never liked even such things as the bearbaiting, and this was to be the burning alive at the stake of four living people, one a woman, for denying that the body and blood of Christ were present in the Host at Mass.  Such was the pitch we had come to in England during the great heresy hunt of 1546.


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia of  The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  So, from the same novel:


Barak grunted, then looked at me seriously. ‘What was it like? The burning?’

‘Horrible beyond description.  But everyone played their part,’ I added bitterly. ‘The crowd, the city officials and Privy Councillors sitting on their stage.’  p.20

Would you keep reading?  I’m quite excited about the prospect of getting to this book soon.  Like many others, I have a fascination for anything about British kings and queens ever since studying Shakespeare’s plays of the Henrys and the Richards, Hamlet, Macbeth (obviously not British monarchs, those last two), and King John way back in high school.  In later years, many TV programmes and book series have added to the immense attraction and I’ve heard wonderful things about Sansom’s series.  Have you read any of his books in this series or his other works?  Leave a comment and a link to your First Chapter, First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday page.


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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29 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Lamentation by C.J. Sansom

  1. I’ve seen this but had no idea what it was about so thanks for sharing. I do like that teaser and I’m feeling tempted 🙂


  2. It looks interesting, and even a bit puzzling. Thanks for sharing, on my TBR now!


  3. charliegirl says:

    I haven’t read this author, but by way of an avid friend I have acquired interesting tidbits of British monarchs and their courts.


  4. The Purple Princess Gypsy says:

    Well I can honestly say that I just added another book to Mount TBR. I was certainly inspired to read this one. Or should I say several more books since this is book 6 in the series?


    • mysm2000 says:

      Glad you were intrigued. I’m not sure if I’m starting at the beginning of the series — I’ve bought several of them but am familiar enough, I think, with Tudor history to be able to start anywhere. I like the word Lamentation, so am leaning toward starting there. Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Leslie says:

    It caught my interest but it’s not my usual genre, so I’m not sure how far I would read.


  6. Alice Audrey says:

    I’m not a big fan of witch burning, so I probably wont hunt this one down.


    • mysm2000 says:

      I’m not sure how much of it there is but this was the time of the Spanish Inquisition and England certainly had its share of church conflict and burnings. (Also, drawing and quartering for treason.) Thanks for coming by.


  7. I haven’t read any books by this author, but this sounds like one I’d enjoy. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres.
    My Tuesday post features a middle grade novel: TOO BIG.


    • mysm2000 says:

      He has a whole series — all of the books, I think, with the same main character high enough to know what’s going on but not so high as to have a skewed picture of things. All of them are large books so it may take me awhile to get through them all. Thanks for stopping by.


  8. Reading it might be something I could do…I could not see this in a movie! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.


  9. I don’t think I could stomach seeing someone burn alive. Terrible, terrible. I’ve been wanting to try this author for some time now. I would definitely give this book a try. Thank you for sharing!


    • mysm2000 says:

      Me neither. I wouldn’t want to see anyone put to death in any manner although I guess TV has anesthetized us to violence somewhat. I’m looking forward to getting into it. I hope it lives up to its hype. Merry Christmas.


  10. This is a book that has been on my TBR for ages – from the opening it is clear it is a book to get lost in

    Liked by 1 person

    • mysm2000 says:

      Yes. I haven’t read much more than the opening and I feel exactly the same way. I have two other books to read before I can get into it and I’m chafing at the bit. Thanks for coming by.


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