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Dissolution

de C. J. Sansom

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Sèrie: Matthew Shardlake (1)

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Having worked to establish laws that protect the interests of the crown in 1537, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar-general, enlists fellow reformer and lawyer Matthew Shardlake to investigate a commissioner's murder, which may be tied to an impending rebellion.
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    El nom de la rosa de Umberto Eco (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both feature ghastly murders in a monastery in a time of religious conflict and turmoil. The Name of the Rose (medieval Italy) is more philosophical, while Dissolution (Tudor England) is more of a straight-forward historical mystery. Both offer interesting insights into the political and religious issues of the times.… (més)
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    Mistress of the Art of Death de Ariana Franklin (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Both these series are excellent mysteries set in well-drawn medieval England.
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    An Instance of the Fingerpost de Iain Pears (Louve_de_mer)
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    Wolf Hall de Hilary Mantel (SHBR123)
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    L'heretgia de Romain Sardou (Louve_de_mer)
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    L'Eclat de Dieu : Ou Le Roman du Temps de Romain Sardou (Louve_de_mer)
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    A Conspiracy of Violence de Susanna Gregory (Riyale)
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    Morality Play de Barry Unsworth (Usuari anònim)
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With my three star rating, I would have abandoned this book much earlier. But my husband said it was worth reading, so I had to see how it resolved. I won't be reading the sequels... ( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
This has been in my tbr pile for a bit. I moved it to the top after reading Stephen's review of book 3. ( )
  Kiri | Dec 24, 2023 |
I've heard a lot of good things about this series, and I wasn't disappointed. Historical mysteries are especially enjoyable when the author has done his/her homework, and this is the case here :-) I liked the setting, the many details from the time period, and the mystery plot was quite good (I did guess who the murderer was before the main character did, though...).

At first I thought that the writing style was too cool and detached, but it grew on me. Also, I had read Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" a few months ago, so reading this book meant entering a familiar universe. I liked that!
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

P.S. My book reader's heart melted when the monastery's library turned out to have a copy of Aristotle's "On Comedy" - "a fake, of course" :-)))))) ( )
  Alexandra_book_life | Dec 15, 2023 |
After recommendation by a friend, I picked up this novel in a charity shop and have been meaning to read it for a while. I was happy to discover that it was an interesting story with a sympathetic main character and some surprises. The story is set during 1537 at the time when the Dissolution of the monastries is well underway, the smaller ones having already been closed down. I have read quite a few non fiction books about the period so was quite familar with some of the terms used, but I think it is fairly clearly set out for anyone who wasn't accustomed to reading about the period.

Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer in the employ of Thomas Cromwell, at the time at the height of his power. However, Cromwell is having to take a more softly softly approach because closure of the monastic houses in the north led to an uprising, known to history as the Pilgrimage of Grace, and so to avoid more trouble, Cromwell is using pressure and blackmail to persuade the larger monasteries to 'surrender', that is, to voluntarily close in return for pensions for the abbot and monks (but not the lay servants who will all be turned out on the road). This seems to have gone drastically awry at one establishment where the Commissioner sent to apply this pressure has been dramatically murdered by beheading. Shardlake, accordingly, is sent to the monastery with his sidekick Mark, to take up the task and to investigate the murder.

The story is quite deliberately claustrophobic, set in the dead of winter with the monastery cut off by snow drifts after Shardlake and Mark arrive. The community is made up of thirty monks and sixty servants, but the story focuses on a small number: mainly the leading members of the community but also a few of their underlings. There are quite a few nasty undercurrents and several people during the course of the story come under suspicion, with Shardlake's hopes of finding the culprit being raised and dashed more than once. Meanwhile, more murders and other criminal acts follow and even the relationship between Shardlake and Mark begins to fracture.

I liked the realistic setting and attitudes in this story. Shardlake is a reformer, sharing Cromwell's zeal, at the beginning, but in the course of the book begins to question things he once took at face value. I had expected that the setup of Shardlake and Mark would be a format for later volumes, so was surprised how the relationship actually developed. There are some interesting characters, such as the Moorish infirmarian (physician) and his assistant who, being a woman who speaks out on occasion, is disparaged by more than one of the monks. The attitudes of the period against women, homosexual men, and people with disabilities are well portrayed. And it was interesting to see the more traditional portrayal of Cromwell as opposed to the sympathetic recent one in 'Wolf Hall'.

The story does go against some of the things I'd read before: the monastic houses were providers of charity, lodgings, and medical treatment, and a lot of this fell upon the ratepayers with their loss, leading to the creation of Workhouses by the time of Elizabeth, but here the monks are not integral in the local community and their charity is very meagre indeed. Far from loved, they are actually viewed with suspicion, distrust and downright hatred - but then, the course of the story reveals that very bad things have been happening which are directly linked to some of the monks, so perhaps that is not surprising.

One thing I had some problems with was the explanation of how the characters went from one building to another within the monastery. Early on, one or two descriptions of this seemed to contradict the plan of the monastery at the front of the book, especially as there was meant to be no access between the infirmary and other places. So I found that a bit confusing.

Overall though I enjoyed the story and would award it 4 stars. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
« Alcune cose che la natura non sa fare l'arte le fa, altre invece le imita. »
(Aristotele, Poetica)
(dalle prime righe di Wikipedia)


L’influenza di Eco si sente, sebbene sia una eco piuttosto lontana: chiaramente Sansom non lo raggiunge e resta al livello, ad esempio, della trasposizione cinematografica de Il nome della rosa.


E tu dici: “Che cosa sa Dio?
Puo’ giudicare attraverso la caligine?
Fitte nubi gli fanno velo e non vede
E sulla volta dei cieli passeggia”.
(Giobbe)
(250)


Nella mia ostinata cecita’, mi ero rifiutato di comprendere quanto avevo davanti agli occhi. Quanto noi uomini temiamo il caos del mondo e l’immensita’ della vita eterna. Cosi’ formuliamo congetture che possano spiegarne i terribili misteri, convincendoci di porci al sicuro in questo mondo e nell’altro.
(373)
( )
  NewLibrary78 | Jul 22, 2023 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 193 (següent | mostra-les totes)
A well-written historical mystery, unique for both its characters and setting. A definite winner for fans of historical mystery.
 

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Sansom, C. J.autor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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