This solution is ranked
in What are the best mystery books for adultsRead user opinions
in What are the best medieval and renaissance historical fiction booksRead user opinions
in What are the best favorite medieval mystery writersRead user opinions
in What are the best books set during the reign of Tudors in EnglandRead user opinions
in What are the best historical mystery booksRead user opinions
in What are the best historical fiction set in UK and IrelandRead user opinions
in What are the most brilliant historical novels in the past 30 yearsRead user opinions
in What are the best historical fiction mysteriesRead user opinions
What the community says about Dissolution (The Shardlake series)
- "England under Henry VII and Cromwell was transitioning from Catholic to Protestant -- with the king as the head of the church as well as the country. This book treats all points of view fairly, but also without any rose colored glasses. It's as interesting to read for its portrayal of rich and poor, papist and reformer as it is for its plot."
- "This is a really interesting look at what could have happened during a murder investigation in 15th century England. I definitely appreciated the blurb about the history of that time period at the end. I'm not an Anglophile by any means, but I thoroughly enjoyed this read."
- "I haven't read a novel from this period before. At first I found it hard going, the language was strange to me and I didn't like Shardlake. The story--about an emissary from Thomas Cromwell/King Henry VIII being killed in a monastery--didn't capture me at first either. But I am glad to have read it, the change that Shardlake is slowly undergoing, the new perspective on the dissolution of monasteries and the worries of an uncertain time, are all very interesting themes. I just wish it had been about a hundred pages shorter and I think it could have been. I did like the twisty ending! "