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Dissolution (The Shardlake series, 1)

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Scandal and bloodshed are the last things he wants in the current climate, and he needs a quick resolution to the incident. If you’re a fan of medieval monastery murder mysteries, and either loved The Name of the Rose, or just couldn’t plough through it, this is the book for you. The author has so much more time to develop their main character or characters slowly and carefully, rather than having to draw them in a few chapters. And I am interested in other periods, having just finished a novel set around the Spanish Civil War.

I would highly recommend this book as a murder mystery, and Sansom understands the Tudor period so well that you feel the foreign and basic life of the period surround you. The series that is right for you may not be right for me; after all, if you're investing a lot of time - and money - in a dozen or so books, you need to get it right. I think the Devil works in the world through men’s evil, their greed and cruelty and ambition, rather than possessing them and driving them stark mad.It is too much to expect that people can just flip a switch and do away with beliefs that have sustained them their whole lives.

It’s so easy to get lost, especially in historical fiction, that it’s refreshing to find an author who’s not afraid to admit a reader might not have committed every name and scene to memory. This serves well as counterpoint to the somewhat out-of-his-depth character of Matthew Shardlake, the newly appointed King’s commissioner investigating the murder of the previous commissioner at the Monastery of St. We are introduced to Matthew Shardlake, a hunchback lawyer, who is sent to a monastery that is being dissolved - Cromwell's commissioner has been murdered and Shardlake must discover the killer. I also discovered that a runcible spoon sounds similar to my favourite piece of multi-purpose cutlery, the splade or spork, depending on your preference.But he does have a serious, reciprocated romantic interest in the sequel, though I won’t say whether or not it ends happily . I had just been introduced to Matthew Shardlake when he is summoned to the office of Lord Thomas Cromwell.

Two quotes-- Catholic Church holy relics: "They say that there are two headed dragons in the Indies. Shardlake may have been sent by the Crown to investigate, but he shows that he is able to explore matters at his own pace and with an attentiveness that gets things done. Nevertheless, their lack of moral character stops nobody from arguing the validity of their viewpoint and its evident justification.

As someone with no religious affiliation or belief, it's sometimes hard to imagine how important the specifics of worship can be to an individual or group; what doesn't surprise is the ways in which the machinery of power or domineering individuals can make such strong convictions useful. It is 1537, a tired and unhappy Shardlake has been summoned by the much feared Lord Thomas Cromwell, a man who had ill advisedly allied himself with the now beheaded Anne Boleyn, leaving him with much to prove. I know in mysteries words and thoughts on a crime are often repeated but it was making the story extra long and it got a tad boring some parts. I think the sixteenth century is a fascinating period in British and European history—the intellectual framework of medieval Europe was torn apart and the modern world began.

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