Judith Stoleson has had a variety of careers including pre-school French teacher, travel agent, and freelance writer. While doing research for a family genealogy, she became intrigued by one ancestor, Sir William Coffin. He served in the court of Henry VIII during the tumultuous years of his reign. His name is listed in the Letters and Papers of Henry VIII and other books on Tudor history. The Coffin manor in Devonshire England dates back to Norman times and still stands. In the twentieth century the estate was remodeled and re-emerged as The Portledge Hotel. Judith and her husband were guest there in 1977. After writing what was known of Sir William's biography and those of other descendants in a book called Through the Generations, she began to imagine what might have happened during those years of his life lost to history. The results of this effort became The King's Man. The novel was named as a finalist at the Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference on genre fiction.
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The King's Man
by Judith Stoleson
At sixteen Robert Graves set off for London to serve newly-crowned Henry VIII. Life at court provided him with enough jousting to keep him fit, dicing and cards to keep him poor, and pretty maidens to keep him merry. For twenty-five years he gave his love and loyalty to his king until the beheadings began. These dark cruel times awoke Robert to what it really meant to be a King's Man.
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