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In the years after Bosworth, a small boy is ripped from his rightful place as future king of England. Years later, when he reappears to take back his throne, his sister, Elizabeth, now queen to the invading king, Henry Tudor, is torn between family loyalty and duty.   

As the final struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster is played out, Elizabeth is torn by conflicting loyalty, terror, and unexpected love.   

Set at the court of Henry VII, A Song of Sixpence offers a new perspective on the early years of Tudor rule. Elizabeth of York, often viewed as a meek and uninspiring queen, emerges as a resilient woman whose strengths lie in endurance rather than resistance.

©2015 Judith Arnopp (P)2018 Judith Arnopp

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Loved this book!

The Narration was great, kept my interest, and even had me crying.This is 1 of my new fav’s now. VERY well done and I look forward to reading other books by this author.

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  • 08-20-20

A fascinating insight into the world of the Tudors

A great story well told and beautifully narrated. A well researched and fascinating insight into the lives of Henry 7th and Elizabeth of York and the probable fate of the two York Princes. Thoroughly enjoyed it thank you.

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  • 02-05-20

Ticked all the boxes for me !

A fascinating glimpse into the early Tudor court and Elizabeth of York’s struggles as she is torn between love, loyalty and duty. The combination of Judith Arnopp’s writing and the voice, acting and narration skills of Alex Lee made this a really enjoyable listening experience. I will be checking out other books narrated by Alex Lee, who has now been added to my personal list of favourite narrators. Would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoys good historical fiction.

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  • 05-26-19

Awful!

The worse narration I've ever heard. I could only put up with it for 1 chapter

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  • 11-14-20

Highly recommended.

'A Song of Sixpence' tells the story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, her marriage to Henry VII, and the lives of her siblings in the years after the death of Richard III.

The book has been well researched, filling in the spaces between known facts and recorded history with a well-constructed and very credible 'what if?" story about the fate of her younger brothers, known as the Princes in the Tower.  The author draws the reader into the lives of both Elizabeth and her younger brother Richard, using their perspectives to weave a rich tapestry of storytelling in which historical figures are fleshed out, consistently with what history tells us of them, yet taking on life once again, each with their own unique blend of different motivations, fears, flaws and strengths that make this story both compelling and engaging.

The narration by Alex Lee is very easy to listen to. Her reading is expressive and fluent, and her use of tone, voice and accent to achieve effective characterisation is consistently excellent.