Historical Novelist writing from a woman's perspective in the Tudor and Medieval period. Her Tudor novels include The Winchester Goose, The Kiss of the Concubine, Intractable Heart and A Song of Sixpence. Medieval novels are Peaceweaver, The Song of Heledd, and The Forest Dwellers. All In paperback and on Kindle. Judith also writes historical blogs and articles.
For next week I am tagging Wendy Steele to tell us about her main character.
What is the name of your
There are two main characters in A Song of Sixpence, is
that cheating? The first is Elizabeth of York,
Elizabeth of York Wikimedia commons
the second Perkin Warbeck. Historically
of course, we don’t know Perkin’s real identity but in my book he is one of her
brothers, Richard of York, escaped from the Tower of London after Richard III
ascension to the throne.
When and where is the story set?
A Song of Sixpence is a
historical novel set in England during the reign of Henry VII, the father of
the Tudor dynasty.
What should we know about the character?
Elizabeth is the daughter of King
Edward IV of York. After his death, her brother’s claim is overturned and her
uncle Richard III takes the throne. After the Battle of Bosworth where Richard
is slain, she is married for dynastic reasons to her old enemy Henry VII. Her
life as queen is full of uncertainty; in the beginning she doesn’t love or
trust her husband, she doesn’t like her mother-in-law and doesn’t know if her
brothers are alive or dead. When Perkin Warbeck claims to be Richard of York
Elizabeth is unsure of his real identity but her quandary is that, if put the
test, should she side with her brother or fight against him to ensure her son
inherits his father’s throne?
Perkin knows who he is; he knows
what he wants, and nothing will stand in his way of attaining it. He matures
from a small boy with a few friends into a formidable enemy of the Tudor king
and severely shakes Henry VII’s grasp on the crown.
Henry VII - wikimedia commons
What is the character’s goal?
Elizabeth longs to return to the
peace she enjoyed as a princess during her father’s reign. She craves stability
for England. She needs Henry to open up to her, to allow her to take her proper
role but he is suspicious of all surviving Yorkists, even his wife, and ensures
her power as queen remains minimal.Hemmed in by suspicion, malice and uncertainty, her fight to be
recognised as a woman of influence is sustained and desperate.
Perkin (Richard of York)'s only
goal is to win back his crown and exact justice on those who disempowered him.
What is screwing up your character’s life (the main conflict)?
Elizabeth needs to discover the
real identity of the man claiming to be her brother but her husband,
Perkin Warbeck -wikimedia commons
King Henry VII,
who is suspicious of everyone including his wife, forbids her to meet or even
look upon the usurper (Richard of York). Elizabeth is queen of England with no power,
no authority, and no influence on either her own life or that of her children. She
is a strong woman deprived of the key to unlock the truth and to destroy the
barriers between her and her husband.
Perkin (or Richard of York) is
fighting to regain his rightful throne. With the might of Europe behind him,
his quest is to vanquish the English king but in doing so he knows he must
destroy his sister and her children
When is the book to be published?
I am about three quarters though
the first draft- hopefully it will be
available before Christmas but perhaps, more realistically, it will be early
next year. All my books are available in paperback and on Kindle. For information on my other historical novels please visit my official