This has just been received from Satyadaka:
‘ I finished reading ‘Tom Fleck’ last night. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was reminded of the historical novels of Henry Treece which I read as a child. I found it very engaging and was always reluctant to put it down. I entered the world you had created and was sorry to leave it at the end.
On Friday I happened to find myself in Framlingham, in Suffolk. You probably know that Thomas Howard is buried in the church there. I recognised his name from your book. And Henry Howard (who was executed in 1547) is also there. I couldn’t work out if he was Thomas’ son or not…
I also felt plugged into the more mythical Britain from reading your book, Tom and his family being more pagan than Christian.’
Note: Henry Howard was son and grandson of the two of the three Howards in command of the English at Flodden. At the end of his life Henry VIII became paranoid about them and ordered the death of Henry and his father, Thomas.
Henry was executed, but his father survived as the king died before the date set for Thomas’ execution.