ReviewsHugh Willmott’s important new book ... [provides] a more-rounded and -nuanced explanation of the processes involved in the Dissolution (which were unquestionably complex and far-reaching), as well as the reasons for it. He does not hide away from any aspect of the events or people involved, and provides copious examples across a wide variety of themes centred on them.
This is undoubtedly an important work of scholarship that will be valuable for many years to come.
This is an important and long-needed book covering a very difficult and complex subject to which archaeology can and has made an important contribution. It deals primarily with matters of state which have always been seen in the past as a matter of religion, difficult as it concerns a king who believed that he died a good Catholic, and his vicegerent who had strong Protestant beliefs working together. When tackling the suppression of the monasteries, it is a good idea to leave your personal religious beliefs at the door. Dr Willmott has followed the evidence and not the polemic, not that it will please everyone, but it does need to be done.
Dr Glyn Coppack, Consultant Archaeologist and formerly Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments at English Heritage