C.J. Sansom Dissolution

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It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers it has ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: dissolution.

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.

Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell to uncover the truth behind the dark happenings at Scarnsea. But investigation soon forces Shardlake to question everything that he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes . . .

About the Author

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

Sansom is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Shardlake series, as well as Winter in Madrid and Dominion. He lives in Sussex.

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'Matthew Shardlake combines engrossing historical detail with a first-rate murder mystery. A really satisfying page-turner'
- Independent on Sunday

'Sansom has a greater talent for animating period details than most of his contemporaries, his rendering of the Tudor winter in the first of the Shardlake series makes you reach for thick fleece blankets.'
- Guardian

'Remarkable . . . The sights, the voices, the very smell of this turbulent age seem to rise from the page.'
- P.D. James

'Extraordinarily impressive. The best crime novel I have read this year.'
- Colin Dexter

'Terrific . . . a remarkable, imaginative feat. It is a first-rate murder mystery and one of the most atmospheric historical novels I’ve read in years.'
- Mail on Sunday

'Terrific. Historical fiction at its finest.'
- Peter Robinson

'Dissolution is not just a fascinating detective story, but a convincing portrait of a turbulent period.'
- Sunday Telegraph

'I don’t read historical novels any more ? it’s a busman’s holiday ? but I make an exception for C. J. Sansom’s Shardlake books, which are set amid the uncertainties of the 16th-century Henrician Reformation.'
- Bernard Cornwell, The Times, The 25 books you must read

'CJ Sansom’s books are arguably the best Tudor novels going'
- Sunday Times

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