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Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom
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** spoiler alert ** i picked up this book in the flat that we rented in Barcelona, mainly because i needed something to read, and it was a chance to learn something about 1520s England. it was a good choice for that; Sansom excellently recreates the suffocating political and physical atmosphere of London under a declining Henry VIII, through the eyes of a barrister called Matthew Shardlake. part of the suspense is spoiled by the fact it IS a historical fiction novel, so it’s entirely possible you not only already know that Henry will divorce Ann and marry Catherine, you may also already know of Thomas Cromwell’s downfall (Henry famously regretted that decision publicly, and for the rest of his life). it’s at times a brutal story, but that’s to be expected given the brutality of the times. the characters are well-conceived and the plot moves quickly and plausibly.
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