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Dissolution (2003)

by C. J. Sansom

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Series: Matthew Shardlake (1)

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Having worked to establish laws that protect the interests of the crown in 1537, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar-general, enlists fellow reformer and lawyer Matthew Shardlake to investigate a commissioner's murder, which may be tied to an impending rebellion.
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    The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both feature ghastly murders in a monastery in a time of religious conflict and turmoil. The Name of the Rose (medieval Italy) is more philosophical, while Dissolution (Tudor England) is more of a straight-forward historical mystery. Both offer interesting insights into the political and religious issues of the times.… (more)
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    Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Both these series are excellent mysteries set in well-drawn medieval England.
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    An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears (Louve_de_mer)
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Always nice to start a new series with lots of subsequent installments, especially when the first one is as well done as this! ( )
  JBD1 | Jun 1, 2024 |
Dissolution, C.J. Sansom. 2003. This is the first of a series set in Tudor England. HenryVIII has declared himself head of the Church in England. Thomas Cromwell has been charged with closing the monasteries and claiming their wealth for the crown. Matthew Shardlake, a hunchbacked lawyer and a supporter of the “new religion” is sent a monastery to investigate the murder of one of Crowell’s commissioners. Neither the Catholics nor the Protestants shine in this mystery, but if you enjoy reading about Tudor history, this may turn out to be a good series. ( )
  judithrs | Apr 17, 2024 |
Set in the reign of Henry VIII. Vivid portrayal of squalid, stinking, bustling London, the city's wealth and poverty; the brutality and righteous persecution; and the complexities of English law. Murder mystery set in the confines of St Donatus monastery, Kent. Gripping and exciting.
  suewilsonphd | Mar 22, 2024 |
With my three star rating, I would have abandoned this book much earlier. But my husband said it was worth reading, so I had to see how it resolved. I won't be reading the sequels... ( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
This has been in my tbr pile for a bit. I moved it to the top after reading Stephen's review of book 3. ( )
  Kiri | Dec 24, 2023 |
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A well-written historical mystery, unique for both its characters and setting. A definite winner for fans of historical mystery.
 

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Sansom, C. J.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balducci, GiuliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johansen, KnutTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lesser, AntonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the writers' group:
Jan, Luke, Mary, Mike B, Mike H, Roz, William
and especially Tony, our inspiration. The crucible.

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I was down in Surrey, on business for Lord Cromwell's office, when the summons came.
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You untangle a knot with slow teasing, not sharp pulling, and believe me we have here a knot such as I have never seen.
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Having worked to establish laws that protect the interests of the crown in 1537, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar-general, enlists fellow reformer and lawyer Matthew Shardlake to investigate a commissioner's murder, which may be tied to an impending rebellion.

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