Book Review: Murder at St Paul’s by Richard Dale

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: Troubador publishing

Pub date: 28 June 2019

Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

This is based on the real events of Richard Hunne’s death in Lollards Tower. Many of the characters and events are real such as Cardinal Wolsey’s burning of heretical books.

Henry VIII is on the throne and Richard Hunne is arrested for heresy. His wife Anne vows to avenge his death after he is found hanging in St Paul’s Cathedral, whilst evidence emerges that he was murdered.

Her journey sees her secretly married to Hansa merchant who shares her beliefs and travelling to Germany where she meets with Martin Luther who is causing unease for the church.

Officials of the church are implicated in his death and Anne spends her life trying to increase reformist beliefs in London, putting herself in danger of being arrested herself.

This is such an interesting insight in to the events of the reform of the church and the threats and treatment faced by those with reformist beliefs. It is well researched and provides an explanation of the the history at the end of the book.

Thank you to NetGalley and Troubador for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.

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