317J: The Singing Heart

The Singing Heart – may not be the title, but that is how I remember it.   It was a hardcover I encountered as a child in the 70s.   It was heavily illustrated with black line drawings and was probably aimed at ages 9-12 perhaps.    In it a woman (maybe a good witch) dies, but her heart goes on singing.   Two kings wind up trying to get the singing heart; eventually they meet as beggars and become friends, having lost everything.   Pretty sure there is a wicked witch with a wicked dog.   In my mind the illustrations are similar to some in the Glass Harmonica, but I’m not sure about that.   I think one of the kings was named “Bagdamugus” or the like.
Thanks for any help!

2 thoughts on “317J: The Singing Heart

  1. Alec

    I don’t know this book, but King Bagdemagus is a character from Arthurian literature. Maybe that fact or at least this spelling will help your search.

  2. Savannah

    I was literally looking for this same book ages ago and stumbled upon it on my mom’s shelf
    It’s ‘Magic Heart’ written by Jan Wahl, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, published 1972, ISBN:0-8164-3038-1


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