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5.0 out of 5 stars
Couldn't put down, 29 Aug 2004
This is a really fascinating book that evokes well the period and gives insight into the mind of a Commissioner tasked with the dissolution of a particular monastery. We are caught between a reformers zeal and the conscience of a man, who over time, begins to lose his original beliefs in the integrity of his master,Lord Cromwell and the whole reform movement.
I found the characters very believable and like a good book, felt a slight loss when I had come to the end, having become fond of the main character. The end is not at all disappointing and gave me a sense of mourning for the loss of England's great monasteries and the spiritual ideal which they sought to attain. At one point, one of the characters comments on the long-term effect the loss of the monastic life will have in the future - an obsession with materialism and little else. Interesting!
Excellent book, not only for its historical interest but also as a crime novel that leads you guessing until the end.