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Dissolution by C. J. Sansom
  

Dissolution

Part of the The Shardlake Series Series
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July 2012 Guest Editor Barbara Erskine on the Shardlake series...

Although these have been written more recently, I wanted to include C J Sansom’s wonderful historical series about Tudor lawyer, Matthew Shardlake. My love of mystery and crime is doubly satisfied with a historical setting which comes over as authentic and vividly exciting.

The Shardlake series
1. Dissolution
2. Dark Fire
3. Sovereign
4. Revelation
5. Heartstone

A 2011 World Book Night selection.

Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church and the country is waking up to savage new laws. Under the order of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent through the country to investigate the monasteries. But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control.

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Dissolution by C. J. Sansom

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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The sights, the voices, the very smell of this turbulent age seem to rise from the page. With his remarkable debut, C. J. Sansom can lay claim to a place among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists. (P. D. James) Sansom seems to have been born with, or instinctively acquired, that precious balance of creativity and research that lets a mystery set in another time walk a delicate line between history and humanity. ( Chicago Tribune ) With this cunningly plotted and darkly atmospheric effort, Sansom proves himself to be a promising newcomer. ( Publishers Weekly ) This is a humdinger of a whodunnit. Read it! (Colin Dexter)


About the Author

C. J. Sansom

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

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Publication date

18th May 2007

Author

C. J. Sansom

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
480 pages
Interest Age: From 18

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780330450799

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