Jamie Floyd is a solo artist and Grammy-nominated songwriter whose work has been performed by Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, and Kellie Pickler, among others. Mêlisa Annis, originally from Wales, writes for stage, television, and radio and teaches at New York University’s Department of Dramatic Writing. The two are collaborating on a musical called The King’s Wife, which reimagines Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn as like-minded, progressive confidantes who become immersed in a ruinous game of politics and power. In this excerpt, the birth of Catherine’s sixth child has been heralded—she had been hoping for a son, as had her husband and all of England. But soon, we find her in bed, with the mood quickly turning somber.
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