Songbird: a novel of the Tudor Court
Sold to Henry VIII as a child, Bess comes of age in the decadent Tudor court and becomes the king’s favored minstrel. Coffee Pot Book Club Book of the Year, 2020. IAN finalist, Historical Fiction Category, 2020. “No one here steps out of their period, even for a second.” (Discovering Diamonds Historical Fiction Review Blog)
Bess has the voice of an angel… but one false note could send her back to her old life of poverty.
After her father sells her to Henry VIII, ten-year-old Bess builds a new life as a royal minstrel, and earns the nickname “the king’s songbird.”
She comes of age in the decadent Tudor court, where the stakes are always high, and where politics, heartbreak, and disease threaten everyone from the king to the lowliest musician.
Through love and loss, her world has only one constant: Tom, her first and dearest friend. But when Bess intrigues with Anne Boleyn and strains against the restrictions of life at court, will she find that constancy has its limits?