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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 ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.750
Hanne  P

Very enlighting reading

by Hanne P on Sep 25, 2011

Very interesting reading about a topic which is not known outside England.

Claudia N D

History and fiction perfectly combined.

by Claudia N D on Jul 1, 2010

Dissolution is the first in the Shardlake historical mysteries by Sansom. From the first page, you will be hooked. Atmospheric, suspenseful, evocative and exciting--these novels are wonderful. Sansom's use of language is a delight to lovers of fine literature. Wordies will have more than enough to feed that passion. Others who just want a good story won't feel the need to pick up a dictionary every other sentence. Sansom draws his characters with a good eye for human nature. His best retain sufficient flaws for believability; his most villainous remain human. History buffs rejoice! Sansom has done the research. You will live in those streets! You will step in that poo! You will experience the grandeur and the grime. You will look into the eyes of the contemporaries of Henry VIII, and you will know them for what they were. Sansom grinds no axes; take the good with the bad. Unless you are a Tudor scholar, you will learn something, and you will enjoy it. I can't wait for the next installment!


An excellent new addition to historical crime

by Macsmithy on Oct 12, 2007

In recent years, several writers have produced historical crime novels that are merely following a trend and are of limited merit. However, 'Dissolution' is in an entirely different league. The quality of the writing is superb and even minor characters are very finely drawn with personalities developed and given shading and depth. In Shardlake, Sansom has created an immensely likeable central figure and the strengths and frailties of this 'crookback lawyer' engage the reader very effectively. The plot is well crafted: there were echoes of 'The Name of the Rose' in the complex events of a monastry on the brink of dissolution in Tudor England, but Sansom avoided making it too convoluted to be followed. Some historical domestic aspects perhaps lacked realism, but that didn't detract in any way from a superb novel that left me wanting more.

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