Title Profile & Character Information

Dissolution

Annotation

Exciting and elegantly written,Dissolutionis an utterly compelling first novel and a riveting portrayal of Tudor England. The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry. Shardlake and his young protégé uncover evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason, and when two other murders are revealed, they must move quickly to prevent the killer from striking again.



Characters
NameShardlake, Matthew
GenderMale
OccupationLawyer

NamePoer, Mark
GenderMale
OccupationClerk

GenreFiction
Historical
Legal
Mystery
    --British
    --Detective, Amateur
    --Ecclesiastical
TopicsCourt intrigue
Religious conflict
Murder investigations
Suspicion
Corruption
Embezzling
Treason
Poisoning
Attempted murder
Conspiracies
SettingScarnsea, Sussex, England
Benedictine monastery
Abbey/Convent/Monastery


Series
  Matthew Shardlake mystery
1Dissolution
2Dark fire
3Sovereign
4Revelation