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  1. says:

    Tracy Borman is already an accomplished historian The challenge with her first novel was to prove that she can also be a good writer of fiction In my opinion she did a wonderful job on that accountFrances Gorges is a young noble women living in 1603 England She is allowed by her loving parents to grow as an in

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    Tracy Borman has written several books covering the Tudor period and I especially enjoyed her book on Thomas Cromwell This time Tracy Borman enters the 17th century and through historical fiction offers those who haven't read her Witches A Tale of Sorcery Scandal and Seduction an interesting insight into 17th century witch hunt For me this read was uite interesting and fun as Borman did a great job incorporatin

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    Netgalley #31Many thanks to Tracy Borman Atlantic Monthly Press and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased reviewThis was not the best historical fiction I've ever read but it certainly wasn't the worst What may have improved my opinion would have been an included author's note to explain who and what

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    425 stars for this lovely book I enjoy a piece of historical fiction that can shine a new light and a different view upon a well known historical person while also creating an engaging story around those of lesser fame I feel as though I must keep this brief to avoid spoilers but I will say that this presents an excellent contrast to some

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    Tracey Borman draws her inspiration for this book from Frances Gorges who was one of eight children of Helena Snakenborg an

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    How I loved this A stunning account of life at the court of James I in the years immediately following the death of Elizabeth I She

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    35 stars I am glad I stuck with this book after its very slow start It finally picked up and told a very interesting story about Frances Gorges a young Lady in ueen Elizabeth's service and skilled in healing and he

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    Probably closer to 25 starsThe blurb is uite misleading and I found it difficult to remain interestedGood writing however I just found the plot full and monotonous

  10. says:

    I agree with this statement 100% “Acclaimed as a brilliant historian Tracy Borman proves with this thrilling debut nove

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Owder 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 seemsAcclaimed as a brilliant historian Tracy Borman proves with this thrilling debut novel that she is also a born storytelle 35 stars I am glad I stuck with this book after its very slow start It finally picked up and told a very interesting story about Frances Gorges a young Lady in ueen Elizabeth s service and skilled in healing and herbs After the ueen s death she is employed as an attendant to the new King James 8 year old daughter Elizabeth The Lord of the Privacy Seal Cecil has taken a dislike to Frances for some reason that I am unclear about He employs spies and harasses her beyond common sense Does he have nothing better to do than to pick on the princess s maid She gets into severe trouble and miraculously survives Her herbal skills save the princess life and thus her own She gets involved in the Guy Fawkes Plot which I did not even realize was that until I was 34 the way through I knew it was a plot but who knew it was that one After all there were many against the King who loathed Catholics and did away with many of the freedoms they had under ueen Elizabeth s rule The author presumes the reader knows about the history of James I than I do and is not particularly good about giving helpful background I had uestions I had no idea that James was supposedly homosexual It was just laid out there I had no preparation that it was the famous plot I had no idea that palace entertainment included people coupling in front of everyone What was the matter with James son Charles I wish there had been historical information and not presume the reader was an expert of the times I realized I knew a lot about the Tudors and next to nothing about the Stuarts I did some research on Princess Elizabeth and think she lived an interesting life I d like to read about her and after a rocky start I will come back to discover what happens to Frances This is the first book of a planned trilogy and I am looking forward to the next one Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review

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In March of 1603 as she helps to nurse the dying ueen 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 Thankfully despite the title there isn t a witch in sight Obscure historical figure Lady Frances Gorges winds up against her will within the lascivious and dangerous court of King James during the early 1600 s Imperiously Protestant and paranoid King James is determined to rid his court of witches He persecutes tortures and kills healers and other women with sadistic relish An unpopular king his court is teeming with intrigue treachery conspiracy and sedition Most of the action involves the political maneuvering within the court and the Gunpowder Plot This is a vibrant historical novel that utilizes Lady Frances s obscurity to enliven actual events

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His intolerant Puritanism sees witchcraft in many of the old customs punishable by deathBut 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 Gunp Tracey Borman draws her inspiration for this book from Frances Gorges who was one of eight children of Helena Snakenborg and her second husband Thomas Gorges her mother being the favoured attendant to Elizabeth I until her death in 1603 The narrative follows Frances who is a member of the court of James I and ueen Anne and is also a healer and herbalist a skill that risks the condemnation of practicing witchcraft Frances struggles as a young woman who is able to elevate her male relatives status through an advantageous marriage but she is also in constant danger of the men who are only to happy to be be employed by the king to uncover witches Her allies include ueen Anne as she is the companion of her daughter Princess Elizabeth during which time Frances falls in love with Thomas Wintour and their relationship leads her to become entangled in a Paptist plot against the King Full of danger and intrigue The Kings s Witch is written with thorough historical research and describes all the debauchery and danger of the court of James I with such aplomb it rivals the novels of Phillipa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick Highly recommended