FS40: Queen Jane

Child 170, more or less in the version sung by Martin Graebe. It’s a remarkably powerful and moving piece of folk history (Jane Seymour didn’t actually die as the result of a Caesarean, although giving birth to Edward VI clearly didn’t do her any good). Traditional songs don’t often look very far back in history – and when they do the result is usually a bit garbled – so this is an interesting specimen; the events it describes must have been a couple of centuries in the past by the time it was written.

It’s accompanied here on flute and recorder; the drone is flute.

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