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Dissolution

By C. J. Sansom

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| Paperback | 9780330450799

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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 t Continue

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 long-time 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 ...

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    Set around the history of Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake is sent to investigate a closed room murder. A great story with a number of twists and superbly written. Samson combines superb story telling wi ...(continue)

    Set around the history of Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake is sent to investigate a closed room murder. A great story with a number of twists and superbly written. Samson combines superb story telling with eloquent writing and descritions which transport you right into the heart of Tudor England.

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    An interesting twist. I enjoyed reading it the whole way through. C. J. Sansom's descriptive writing allowed me to picture everything from the monastery to the details of a sword.

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    Lucie Jordanna said on Oct 9, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Dissolution

    A good murder mystery, just kept you guessing. Also enjoyed the historical element.

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    Littlegem6 said on Apr 14, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    A proper old skool page-turner :) Crime without all the forensic nonsense. Mint.

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    MrsFidelius said on Nov 25, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    Dissolution is set in the 1530s, a time of great religious change in England. Cromwell's commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found murdered, in the monastery, he was sent to investigate, at Scarnsea, on the Sussex coast. Lawyer, Matthew Shardlake ...(continue)

    Dissolution is set in the 1530s, a time of great religious change in England. Cromwell's commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found murdered, in the monastery, he was sent to investigate, at Scarnsea, on the Sussex coast. Lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, and his assistant Mark Poer have been sent to the monastery, to uncover the murderer.

    I found this book a fascinating read. The descriptions, and attention to detail in the book really bring the Tudor era to life. You can almost feel the atmosphere of impending doom and desperation in the monastery, as the monastic way of life draws to its end, after hundreds of years.

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    Lunarossa said on Jul 11, 2009 | Add your feedback

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