Matthew Shardlake

7 books in series
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Dissolution Summary

Dissolution: the first book in the best-selling Shardlake series. It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066.

Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries.

There can only be one outcome: dissolution. But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's Commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found dead, his head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege.

Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell to uncover the truth behind the dark happenings at Scarnsea. But investigation soon forces Shardlake to question everything that he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes....

©2003 C. J. Sansom (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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  • Book 1

    • Dissolution

    • Shardlake, Book 1
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries.

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    • Time Travellers Beware.....

    • By Hannah on 01-12-14

    Regular price: £23.99

  • Book 2

    • Dark Fire

    • Shardlake, Book 2
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment . . .

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    • Even Better Than The Last!

    • By Annie on 01-02-15

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 3

    • Sovereign

    • Shardlake, Book 3
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission - to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation.

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    • Jesu this is good!

    • By Karen on 29-01-16

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  • Book 4

    • Revelation

    • Shardlake, Book 4
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies. Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy who has been placed in the Bedlam insane asylum, before his terrifying religious mania leads to him being burned as a heretic.

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    • Superb Series

    • By Mrs Sue L Mead on 06-12-15

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  • Book 5

    • Heartstone

    • Shardlake, Book 5
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel . . .Meanwhile, Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of ‘monstrous wrongs' committed against his young ward, Hugh Curteys, by Sir Nicholas Hobbey, Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth.

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    • A Dark and Enthralling blend of fact and fiction

    • By Mrs on 01-12-15

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  • Book 6

    • Lamentation

    • Shardlake, Book 6
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 25 hrs and 24 mins
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    Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr.

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    • Like listening to a play

    • By Brodie on 06-11-14

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  • Book 7

    • Tombland

    • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Length: 25 hrs
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    The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

    • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Length: 25 hrs
    • Release date: 18-10-18
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    Regular price: £29.99