by C. J. Sansom
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Dissolution is the first in the phenomenal Shardlake series of the best-selling author, CJSansom, followed by Dark Fire, sovereign, revelation, Heartstone and LamentationIt 1537, an era of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066Henry VIII proclaimed itself supreme head of the church and the country awakens to savage new laws, rigged trials and the largest network of informers ever seen.Under Thomas Cromwell’s order, a team of commissioners is sent across the country to investigate the monasteries.There can only be one result: monasteries must be dissolvedBut on the coast of Sussex, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events escalated out of control.Commissioner Robin Singleton of Cromwell, was found dead, the head severed from his body.His horrible murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege – a black cock sacrificed on the altar and the disappearance of Scarnsea grande Relic.Dr. Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time proponent of reform, was sent by Cromwell in this atmosphere of treachery and death.But Shardlake’s investigation will soon force him to question everything he hears and everything he believes is intrinsically true.
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