This novel is so well written that you are immediately sucked into the turbulent world of Tudor England and the dissolution of the monasteries. Prior ..Show More »to this I had not read much historical fiction set within this period - preferring true history to fiction - however through the use of Shardlake's role as lawyer and his outsider status derived from his hunch back Sansom is able to present the whole scale of Tudor society rather than focusing solely on the highest classes. Real insight is therefore given into the lives of ordinary people and new perspectives on the upper classes than those shown in the non-fiction I have read.
Following on from listening to Dissolution I was keen to listen to book 2.
I enjoyed this more than the first, it was 'darker' in places whic..Show More »h added to the suspense..We were introduced to Barack a rather shady character who on the surface is rather unpleasant but his character was revealed during the course of the story.
The storyline is full of plotting, scheming and even Shardlake has his manipulative side which adds authenticity to his character.
The narration was again well done and it is pleasing to have the same voice in a series; you relate better to the characters I always think when there is consistency.
Enjoyable but the story is the setting rather than the mystery for me on this one. It lacks the bite of his first two in the series, which seemed to h..Show More »ave more of a purpose. I like this period of history and I suspect CJ has done his research well, so he colours an aspect I don't get from history books.
This is another of the Shardlake tales with its mixture of fiction set against a background of actual events that are blended seamlessly and engagingl..Show More »y. This installment in the saga deals with gender issues and one of the great tragedies of British naval history: the loss of the Mary Rose. The account of the final hours of the vessel are harrowing and the reader feels there with Shardlake aboard the doomed vessel and her crew.Several narrative threads are brought together by the end of the novel and the story of Ellen, the woman confined in Bedlam is resolved. While there is happiness for some characters there is deep tragedy for others and Matthew Shardlake finds himself confronting the seemingly invulnerable Richard Rich yet again. The characters are fully rounded and the pace never falters. Highly recommended to lovers of fine fiction.
Probably not. For me, Steven Crossley just does't get the tone right for the story right and and has massacred the voices of Barrak and Guy Morton. ..Show More »His reading and the voices he gives to the character distract from the story itself.