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Songbird: a novel of the Tudor Court

Karen Heenan

Category: Drama, Romance

Bess has the voice of an angel, or so Henry VIII declares when he buys her from her father. As she grows up within the decadent Tudor court, friends come and go. Tom, her first and dearest friend, is her only constant, but as Bess becomes too comfortable, she may find that constancy has its limits.

Bess has the voice of an angel, or so Henry VIII declares when he buys her from her father. As a member of the Music, the royal company of minstrels, Bess grows up in the decadent Tudor Court, navigating the ever-changing tide of royals and courtiers. Friends come and go as cracked voices, politics, heartbreak, and death loom over even the lowliest of musicians. Tom, her first and dearest friend, is her only constant, but as Bess becomes too comfortable at court, she may find that constancy has its limits.

“Heenan writes with confidence and style, vividly drawing the reader into the Tudor court. Each character in her story is fully real, and as they mature, they become much more complex, in ways fully consistent with the children the reader first meets. Court intrigues and politics; fear of death from disease or accident; divisions of class; restrictions of religion: all these form the background to a bittersweet love story.” (Marian Thorpe, author of the Empire’s Legacy Series)