Revelation

Revelation - C.J. Sansom In this book Sansom takes his already excellent historical mystery series to a whole new level, with a story of a serial killer obsessed with the book of revelations and the protestant ideology. This book grapples with some of the big issues of the time, particularly the doctrine of predestined salvation, and their effects on a society already weary from years of constant political shifting and violent persecution.

One of the core themes of the book is to look at how the Tudor mind of this period would have viewed a serial killer. Much of what is known now about mental illness, psychopathy and violent obsessions would not yet be widely studied for centuries, and to a population already obsessed with the end times this looked like nothing less than the devil's work on earth.

Atmospheric, well-plotted and very well written. Highly recommended.