The King's Witch by Tracy Borman
Frances Gorges historical trilogy, Book I

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Clichés abound: Hearts leap, eyes blaze, and far too many curtseys are "bobbed." A potentially intriguing take on regime change derailed by its choice of heroine.
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In March of 1603, as she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth of England, Frances Gorges dreams of her parents’ country estate, where she has learned to use flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. She is happy to stay at home when King James of Scotland succeeds to the throne. His court may be shockingly decadent, but his intolerant Puritanism sees witchcraft in many of the old customs—punishable by death.





But when her ambitious uncle forcibly brings Frances to the royal palace, she is a ready target for the twisted scheming of the Privy Seal, Lord Cecil. As a dark campaign to destroy both King and Parliament gathers pace, culminating in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, Frances is surrounded by danger, finding happiness only with the King’s precocious young daughter, and with Tom Wintour, the one courtier she feels she can trust. But is he all that he seems?





Acclaimed as a brilliant historian, Tracy Borman proves with this thrilling debut novel that she is also a born storyteller.
 

About Tracy Borman

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Tracy Borman studied and taught history at the University of Hull in England and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1997. She has worked for various historic properties and national heritage organizations, including Historic Royal Palaces, the National Archives, and English Heritage. She is now chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust and is a regular contributor to history magazines, such as BBC History Magazine, and a frequent guest on television and radio.
 
Published July 3, 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 448 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Clichés abound: Hearts leap, eyes blaze, and far too many curtseys are "bobbed." A potentially intriguing take on regime change derailed by its choice of heroine.

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