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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 seems?Acclaimed as a brilliant historian Tracy Borman proves with this thrilling debut novel that she is also a born storytell 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 Kleist in Thun 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 storytell 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

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The King's Witch

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 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 of the books you may read about the Jacobean court Written with sympathy of the ueen Anne of Denmark our protagonist and lead character is Frances Gorges an herbalist not a good time to be a woman interested in the garden from an old noble family Very delighted by this author and I’m looking forward to her promised seuel as we continue to follow the life of the very likable Lady Frances Piglettes you may read about the Jacobean court Written with sympathy of the ueen Anne of Denmark our protagonist and lead character is Frances Gorges an herbalist not a good time to be a woman interested in the garden from an old noble family Very delighted by this author and I’m looking forward to her promised seuel as we continue to follow the life of the very likable Lady Frances


10 thoughts on “The King's Witch

  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 independent woman and to cultivate her skills as a healer She was taught the wonders of herbs by the pastor of her hometown Longford and she used her talents to help the ones that were in need Her family was a favorite of ueen Elizabeth I and she aided the old ueen to die peacefully However when the new king James I VI comes to the throne he does not share the same warm feelings for the Gorges family and does not appreciate Frances skills You see the kind was obsessed with religion and witch hunting Back in those days a woman healer could easily be considered a witch under the right circumstances In order to be safe Frances retreats from the court to her family’s castle but she is forced to come back by her uncle who secures her a spot as the 8 years old princess’ maid of honour From the moment she steps into the court she is closely supervised by The Lord Privy Seal a terrible man who wants to use her in order to secure his position with the king Life at court is not pleasant The king contrary to his religious fervor prefers hunting and young boys to the court responsibilities and the company of his Royal family He hates the Catholics and does not do anything to protect the He is obsessed with treason and thinks there are plots at every corner And he is right The novel is woven around the Gunpowder plot made by closet Catholics aiming to kill the Protestant king and crown his daughter as ueen and secure her support for their religion Among all the court intrigues and plotting there is also a beautiful love story between Frances and one of the traitors Thomas Wintour I enjoyed this novel uite a bit I did not know much about the time period or the Gunpowder plot and it gave me the perfect opportunity to learn I could see that the author knows history well but she did not exaggerate with the details in the detriment of the plot I believe the two were very well balanced and the pacing was appropriate Obviously as it is written around real events the suspense is not as exciting as a purely fictional account As I checked the details of the plot on Wikipedia I already knew how everything was going to unravel so there wasn’t a lot of tension in the end I recommend the reader to check the facts after they finish the story to better enjoy the 2nd part of the novel The love story was tender and not overwhelming a nice addition to the plot All in all an enjoyable and informative historical fiction from an author I want to read of her books Many thanks to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


  2. says:

    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 incorporating hundreds of facts into an easy read for readers not inclined to start on non fiction but who would like to learn something about James I and the times when expertise on herbs might mean and actually meant death to women True this is a light read and there is fiction but I was nicely surprised how much history there is in this book


  3. says:

    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


  4. says:

    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 was based on fact and what was fiction Those pages are imperative to me I know the Gorges family did exist but I know nothing about them I still feel like I don't because I don't trust what I read The profile of Robert Cecil seemed spot on though He was ruthless And King James I was known as an avid witch hunter So I know those parts are based on fact Otherwise I have chosen to take everything else as complete fiction


  5. says:

    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 of the books you may read about the Jacobean court Written with sympathy of the ueen Anne of Denmark our protagonist and lead character is Frances Gorges an herbalist not a good time to be a woman interested in the garden from an old noble family Very delighted by this author and I’m looking forward to her promised seuel as we continue to follow the life of the very likable Lady Frances


  6. says:

    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


  7. says:

    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 was a hard act to follow and this James I definitely struggles Lady Frances Gorges is a fascinating little known figure and I loved how Tracy Borman interprets her story mixing fact with the possible making her both likeable and complex There is far to this novel than the witch angle suggested by the title This will be one of my favourite historical novels of the year for sure Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights


  8. says:

    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


  9. says:

    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 novel that she is also a born storyteller” Brief history King James VI of Scotland after the death of Elizabeth I becomes also King James I of England and Ireland becoming the first monarch to be called the King of Great Britain This story begins with his reign of England in 1603 as the first monarch of the House of Stuart His reign is marked with witch hunting and prosecuting Catholics and the latter leads to the Gunpowder Plot – conspiracy to assassinate himFrances Gorges fictional character of noble birth at the English court helps to nurse the dying ueen Elizabeth Her journey as an herbalist tending to sick begins with encouragement of Revered Samuels “His skill at healing was renowned” He teaches her about the herbs and its healing powers Her eagerness to learn about herbs comes very naturally and takes her on an extraordinary journey attending to sick already at the age of eleven With the passing of ueen Elizabeth and Reverend Samuels new King James chooses a new priest Reverend Pritchard His first sermon already marks a change in attitude hellfire preaching against the art of healing “to foster suspicion and fear among his flock”As King James “declares a war on witches” chief minister Robert Cecil “drafts a new Act against witchcraft”After a year break from the court Frances is forced by her uncle to return to the court She prefers free spirited fields of flowers over congested city life and to be confided to specific uarters However what surprises her at the new court is the new ueen Danish princess Frances now feels curious to see her new sovereign to rule England With the new royals there is also a new encounter His name is Tom Wintour Meanwhile Lord Cecil is committed to the cause of witch hunting also by employing William Shakespeare to create a play reflecting current political situationSoon Frances learns that the King is not only after witchcraft but also after Catholics prosecuting them and banishing Catholic priests from the kingdom The love nuance is so heart touching This intriguing fictional heroine of strong character is pursued by a historical figure Tom – educated smart of strong character who stands up for what he believes in This heart warming love intertwined with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 ends Book I And for those who know the fate of Tom Wintour you can guess how this book endsI applaud authors who revive such historical figures as Thomas Wintour Not a well known name to most of us resurfaces in history in present time in this stunning storyThe author perfectly balances history with conveying messages It is rich in historical details but not to a point to overwhelm a reader The author takes time to convey a message but not for too long in order not to lose the reader’s interest This is one of those books that I like to take my time to read it and immerse myself in the pages of history with characters full of depthBeautifully written as it is custom to the land of Shakespeare the combination of language the subject of natural healing using herbs and the passion of the heroine for the art of healing brings a spellbinding story rich in historical periodFacebookBestHistoricalFiction