Dissolution Henry VIII has ordered the dissolution of the monasteries and England is full of informers At the monastery of Scarnsea events have spiralled out of control with the murder of Commissioner Robin Sing

Henry VIII has ordered the dissolution of the monasteries and England is full of informers At the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control with the murder of Commissioner Robin Singleton Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer, and his assistant are sent to investigate.

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  1. Christopher John C.J Sansom is an English writer of crime novels He was born in 1952 and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor He practised for a while in Sussex as a lawyer for the disadvantaged, before quitting in order to work full time as a writer.He came to prominence with his series set in the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century, whose main character is the hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake Shardlake works on commission initially from Thomas Cromwell in Dissolution and Dark Fire and then Thomas Cranmer in Sovereign and Revelation.The BBC have commissioned an adaptation of Dissolution with the actor Kenneth Branagh set to star as Shardlake The rest of the Shardlake books are expected to follow C J Sansom has been consulted on the series, which is in the final stages of negotiation citation needed.He has also written Winter in Madrid, a thriller set in Spain in 1940 in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.Dark Fire won the 2005 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, awarded by the Crime Writers Association CWA Sansom himself was Very Highly Commended in the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library award, for the Shardlake series from

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  1. This is not Thomas More s Utopia, a nation of innocent savages waiting only for God s word to complete their happiness This is a violent realm, stewed in the corruption of a decadent church I know The papists will use every means to present us from building the christian commonwealth, and so God s blood I will use every means to overcome them I am sorry if my judgement erred Some say you are soft, Matthew, he said quietly Lacking in fire and godly zeal, even perhaps in loyalty Lord Cromwell had [...]

  2. I very rarely bother with crime novels The genre feels overdone and, well, a little bit boring To me it all looks like the same regurgitated story I blame the terrible police dramas on television they make me yawn when I see how stupid they are I did a two year course in forensic science, and it never ceases to amaze me how the writers of these television shows think that wearing gloves will therefore mean that the crime scene is not contaminated by the otherwise exposed investigators Never mind [...]

  3. I have a special affinity for historical mysteries and Dissolution is one of the good examples of this genre, at least for me The novel is the first installment in Matthew Shardlake series The action is set in the time of in famous king Henry VIII and it has as main character a hunchback lawyer under the service of the equally famous and controversial figure, Thomas Cromwell The titles hints on the subject of the novel, at least it does to readers familiar with British history I knew vaguely of [...]

  4. 5 He Thomas Cromwell was holding up a casket small box and studying the contents with a contemptuous frown, his wide, narrow lipped mouth down turned above his lantern chin His jaw held thus made me think of a great trap that at any moment might open and swallow one whole with a casual gulp And with a brutal gulp, Cromwell dissolved and swallowed the monasteries across England, beginning with smaller ones in 1536 and completing the dissolution of even the largest old ones by 1540, pensioning off [...]

  5. Even though I read a lot of history, I ve never been a fan of historical fiction and so when one of the book clubs to which I belong picked this novel as a monthly read, I approached it with some trepidation For the most part, though, I was pleasantly surprised and I enjoyed the book than I expected to.Dissolution is set in England and the action takes place over a couple of extremely cold and snowy weeks in 1537 This is shortly after King Henry VIII has broken with the Catholic church and crea [...]

  6. 5.0 stars This story grabbed me from the very first page and kept me engaged throughout the entire book I do not read as much historical crime fiction as I do science fiction fantasy but this book might cause that to change given how much I enjoyed this I am a bit if a history buff and I was drawn to this story because it is set during the English Reformation, a period I was interested to learn about The main character, Matthew Shardlake, is a hunchback, English lawyer working for Thomas Cromwe [...]

  7. What can I say Really exciting, really atmospheric and the novel for which the phrase page turner was created Its the first in a series, in which i shall most definitely be heavily indulging, revolving around a well drawn character called Matthew Shardlake who, when the novel begins, is an ardent if gentle reformer working for Thomas Cromwell just as, with the death of Jane Seymour, Henry VIII is set free to vomit his horrible nastiness over a few women.Shardlake, a lawyer who struggles with th [...]

  8. This is a good old fashioned who dun it, with bodies dropping every few chapters Set in 1537 and told in the first person, Matthew Shardlake a King s Commissioner must investigate the brutal killing of the previous King s Commissioner, Robin Singleton at Scarnsea monastery What is a good and reasonable Reformer to do amongst a bunch of deluded crazy Papist monks With the fate of the Monastery at risk, everyone has something to cover up and nobody is to be believed The historical background is ph [...]

  9. I enjoyed reading this historical fiction book, recommended by GR friend Ingrid The book is set in 1537 England Henry VIII has left the Catholic church and the country is divided between those faithful to the new Church of England, with Henry VIII as its head, and the Catholic church A royal commissioner is murdered in the monastery of Scarnsea on the southeast coast of England Thomas Cromwell, Henry s vicar general, calls a lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, to his office and tells him to go to the mon [...]

  10. Set during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII, this novel brings this episode in history to life through the character Matthew Shardlake He is developed throughout the story, creating a multi faceted, compelling protagonist Passers by only see Shardlake as a cripple, but the reader sees his pride, insecurities, longing for companionship, and devotion to a cause that he believes is sincere.Through the example of the Monastery of St Donatus at Scarnsea, we are shown first hand wha [...]

  11. Looking at the reviews here, it seems that this book is getting hammered because it cries out to be compared with other powerhouses of books Set in the 1500s of Henry VIII, it clearly bears parallels with Wolf Hall which is set two wives earlier It has to be said that it lacks the beauty of the language of that novel or its subtle, multilayered realistic characterisation Mantell s Cromwell is a far engaging and convincing narrator than Sansom s Shardlake.Similarly, set in an isolated monastery, [...]

  12. Now that is how historical fiction should be written, plenty of fact, some great fictional characters and a really good story The fact that this is also a mystery and a page turner made the deal for me This was a really good read and I will be seeking out the rest of the series very soon.

  13. How men fear the chaos of the world, I thought, and the yawning eternity hereafter So we build patterns to explain its terrible mysteries and reassure ourselves we are safe in this world and beyond First of all, this started promisingly I was so much engrossed in the world of 16th century England The thing was lively and really set the tone But, the thing went downhill afterwards When I picked up this book, I had hoped for a clever and a complex mystery It did seem like one in the initial pages [...]

  14. The Bible says God made man in his image but I think we make and remake him, in whatever image happens to suit our shifting needs This is a complex time in Tudor history, brilliantly brought to life by CJ Sansom The status quo in Britain at the time this story is told is an uneasy one Thomas Cromwell has been commissioned by Henry VIII to dissolve the monasteries Papists are hunted down As one character says there is nowhere safe in the world, no thing certain Matthew Shardlake , a hunchbacked l [...]

  15. This is a good historical mystery, told by a master story teller It is a tale of greed and revenge in which suspense and red herrings abound The characterisation is good, the plot is interesting and our hero has to come to terms with some of his own shortcomings The historical angle is also interesting I had not previously given the dissolution of the monasteries much thought.

  16. A brilliant mystery set in Tudor England 1537 1538 , the turbulent period after the execution of Anne Boleyn Thomas Cromwell is pursuing the dissolution of monasteries Shardlake, a hunchback, is a protestant commissioner sent by Cromwell to St Donatus monastery at Scarnsea where the murder of his predecessor has taken place There are number of monks among the suspects and Shardlake is convinced that the killer is still at the monastery.This book was better that I expected There are enough twists [...]

  17. This is a great murder mystery set in the 16th century, during the religious reformation of Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII The setting is a monastery in Scarnsea, and Matthew Shardlake is a hunchbacked lawyer who serves as a commissioner of Cromwell to investigate the murder, and to hasten the dissolving of St Donatus, as a precedent and warning to other religious orders as to what awaits them One murder turns into 4, with twists and turns and red herrings all along the way This book has it all [...]

  18. First published in 2003, this is the first novel in the Matthew Shardlake series, and introduces us to our unlikely hero lovelorn, hunchbacked, a reformist lawyer who begins the book as utterly loyal to Cromwell s ideals and ends it plagued with doubts about his role and mission Shardlake is sent by Cromwell to the Monastery of St Donatus the Ascendant at Scarnsea, Sussex It is 1537 and the dissolution of the monasteries is underway Cromwell had sent Commissioner Robin Singleton there with lawye [...]

  19. How men fear the chaos of the world, I thought, and the yawning eternity hereafter So we build patterns to explain its terrible mysteries and reassure ourselves we are safe in this world and beyond.There was a germ of something remarkable in this genre novel Double cursed with the blights of historical and detective baggage, Dissolution betrays yet another misfortune as it flies headlong into the pillars of its territory The Name of the Rose meets Man For All Seasons as remixed by DJ Spooky and [...]

  20. I don t often read books set during this period of English history I don t know why But I am glad that I have started Well, perhaps I should say, that I am glad that I have discovered CJ Sansom because he really brought Henry Tudor s England alive for me It is that which has made me glad to start reading books of this era.As a crime thriller, this book was a little dull Hence the 4 stars and not 5 stars I didn t enjoy it so much for the crime solving It was Sansom s descriptions of England durin [...]

  21. I loved this story I haven t read too many historical mysteries but I can t imagine them getting much better than this Matthew Shardlake is such a terrific main character that I find myself wanting to follow him around no matter what he s doing Not quite as smart as Sherlock Holmes but a million times likeable Plus the fact that he is a hunchback just seems to make him all the appealing And I didn t even mention the writing and the mystery itself, both of which are excellent.

  22. Moj prvi Sansom i ljubav na prvu knjiguOk, ja sam i ina e veliki ljubitelj povijesnih romana, krimi a, a i Tudora zajedno sa Engleskom u to doba , a svega toga ima u Raskolu Nema ba Tudora direktno, ali su negdje u pozadini jer sva ta doga anja opisana u romanu posljedica su odvajanja Engleske od katoli ke crkve to je inicirao, naravno, Henrik VIII.No da se vratim na roman Pratimo Mathewa Shardlake a i njegovu istragu ubojstava u jednom od engleskih samostana neposredno pred nestanak istih Svi t [...]

  23. This is Tudor whodunit, set in the reign of Henry VIII Shardlake is a commissionaire for Lord Cromwell and is asked to go to a monastery to investigate the murder of the last commissionaire who was there He arrives with his assistant and sets about trying to find the murderer Whilst he is there the body count starts to rise He is suspicious of the motives behind why the monks are doing certain things, and he starts to get under the skin of the abbot and prior in the hope of flushing out the murd [...]

  24. I was watching Craig Ferguson one night and he mentioned he was enjoing his CJ Sansom book What could a night owl do but run to Amazaon books and look up the author Who would not be excited about reading a book about a hunchback lawyer investigating murders at a monastery during the relgious upheaval times under King Henry VIII It was entertaining that I sat up reading it instead of watching Craig Ferguson and I liked it so much that I have ordered the second one I can t wait

  25. Good but not as good as I expected.History was very interesting and in general the characters were quite good The plot itself was a bit lackluster for me and the mystery wasn t overly gripping.

  26. I really wanted to like this book Set in Tudor times, just after the death of Jane Seymour, and with the events surrounding Anne Boleyn s rise, fall and beheading still in the recent past It s about the dissolution of the monasteries as England turns from being a Catholic state to one that is was mostly reformist or Protestant It s an historical era I know next to nothing about and sounded to mine ears very promising.Matthew Shardlake is a hunchback interesting , from a poor or common backgroun [...]

  27. RE VISIT VIA RADIO 4Lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake is sent to investigate a killing at a monastery blurb C J Sansom s bestselling Tudor crime novel, adapted for radio by Colin MacDonald.London, 1537 As he plots to bring down the Abbeys, Thomas Cromwell sends his trusted lawyer detective, Matthew Shardlake, to investigate the murder of a King s Commissioner in a monastery on the south coast of Kent Which of the terrified monks is the murderer and can Shardlake catch him before he strikes agai [...]

  28. I was very disappointed in this book as it came highly recommended by friends four of whom I had known since I was a teenager In fact I trusted their judgement so much, I purchased five books from this series at the same time.I should have loved this book as it s about the Tudor period, which has always fascinated me there were so many intrigues going on and one never knew who was going to end up in the Tower, and the central character Matthew Shardlake, the hunchback lawyer, was very interestin [...]

  29. A moderately enjoyable page turner Sansom s historical and legal background give authority to his research, but do nothing to lighten his prose, which never rises above the pedestrian, or to leaven his characters Where Dissolution really falls down for me is that Sansom tries and fails to balance modern sensitivities with Tudor sensibilities rather than creating characters with authentic views of women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and homosexuals, Sansom describes people whose vi [...]

  30. As a work of historical fiction, this deserves six stars As a mystery, it was very good, but it was overlong in places The ending was wonderful, and unfortunately, kept me awake at 3am listening to this, rather than falling back to sleep A sign of a great book though All in all, I learned a lot from this book, and really enjoyed it I ll definitely continue with the series The author has a PhD in history and really knows his stuff Lots of background, lots of period detail here, and if you have an [...]

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