Dissolution: A Shardlake Novel

Paperback | June 26, 2012

byC. J. Sansom

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The 1st instalment in the wildly popular Matthew Shardlake mystery series, now available from Vintage Canada.
 
It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers it has ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: dissolution. 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. Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell to uncover the truth behind the dark happenings at Scarnsea. But investigation soon forces Shardlake to question everything that he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes...

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The 1st instalment in the wildly popular Matthew Shardlake mystery series, now available from Vintage Canada. It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest ne...

C. J. SANSOM was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.98 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Random House Of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307362361

ISBN - 13:9780307362360

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dissolution This book describes very well the troubled and corrupt times in the sixteenth century. it is interesting to see how the law was not upheld by acts of truth or justice but by torture and fear to ensure the desired outcome was achieved. The story cleverly immerses the reader in to the lives of monks, servants, trades people, lawyers and street people, and explicitly defines the social distances between them. This book is very well written and eloquently describes the hardships endured by the poor population, and social change in the lives of the monks. Love the book and am looking forward to reading the next ones in the series.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hunchbacked lawyer solves crimes in the reign of Henry VIII. But there's so much more to this. Rarely does an author demonstrate such understanding of the historical complexities of any given period, especially when that era's difficulties are theological. And even more rarely does that understanding equip the author to tell a great story to his readers.
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dissolution I must say that this story captures you from the beginning to the very end. I have started the next in the three book series and Sansom really gives such a wonderful description you can see it in your minds eye. Enjoyable!!!
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dissolution Good mystery taking place in a historical period known for Henry VIII many wives and the creation of the Church of England but not for how these religious changes affected those most concerned by them
Date published: 2014-05-16

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Praise for Dissolution and the Matthew Shardlake series: "Extraordinarily impressive. The best crime novel I have read this year."—Colin Dexter "Shardlake is a character to treasure." —James Naughtie, The Sunday Times "Remarkable...the sights, the voices, the very smell of this turbulent age seem to rise from the page." —P. D. James "Terrific...a remarkable, imaginative feat and a first-rate murder mystery." —Daily Mail