The King's Witch

The King's Witch

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 March of 1603, as she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth of England, Frances Gorges dreams of her parents? co...

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Title:The King's Witch
Author:Tracy Borman
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:B075VD6MTB
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

The King's Witch Reviews

  • Laurie
    Oct 07, 2018
    In 1603, Queen Elizabeth the First died, with Frances Gorges by her side, easing her death with her herbal knowledge. Frances was then allowed to ?escape? from court for a year, spending her time at the family estate, tending the garden and making up remedies. Then her highly place...
  • Marie Z. Johansen
    Sep 12, 2018
    Excellent! I have always enjoyed Tracy Borman's history books and looked forward to reading her first novel. It did not disappoint. Filled with rich historical details, characters that feel as if they live and breath and scenes that one can almost "live in" this book is a winner. ...
  • Annie
    Jun 14, 2018
    Frances Gorges is a bright, forthright, intellectually curious woman. Unfortunately, she was born at a time when those characteristics were not seen as feminine virtues. Tracy Borman?s novel, The King?s Witch, opens in 1603 and continues over the next couple of years as Frances get...
  • Marianne
    Aug 09, 2018
    The author is an accomplished historian and it showed. This is a great read about life at court in early 1600 England. Very informative, interesting and very enjoyable. Thank you publisher and netgalley for this arc in exchange of an honest opinion. ...
  • Jo
    Jul 09, 2018
    Frances Gorges and her mother attended Elizabeth I in her dying days, asked for by the queen because Frances knew how to use herbs for healing. When James I takes the English throne, she has to hide her knowledge because James wants to burn witches. Borman's credentials as an historian...
  • Candace
    Jun 15, 2018
    The King?s Witch by Tracy Borman features Frances Gorges, a herbalist who is forced to go to court to better her family?s standing. Frances? time at court is nothing as she thought as she grows close to some and is an enemy of a powerful figure. The court is torn between using he...
  • Blaine DeSantis
    Oct 01, 2018
    Love my BBC podcasts! Thanks to listening to a HistoryExtra podcast I caught a great interview witu the author and that peaked my interest in this book. Fear not men, this is not a girly-girl book. This is a wonderful book by a Historian whose previous works were all non-fiction and al...
  • Tracey
    Sep 09, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book about the real life character Frances Gorges set in the time of James I and the gunpowder plot. Really gave you the atmosphere of court life of the time and the persecution of witches. Just found out it is the first of a trilogy so look forward to reading the...
  • Stephen
    Aug 06, 2018
    thanks to netgalley and publishers for a free copy in return for a honest view interesting historical novel starting at the end of Elizabeth I reign and the start of Charles stuart as Charles I with moving around the court and friction between new monarchs and catholics and a witchc...
  • Susan Johnson
    Jun 26, 2018
    3.5 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 Queen Elizabeth's service and skilled in healing and herbs. After the Queen's death, she is employed as an attendant to...
  • Susan Johnson
    Jun 26, 2018
    3.5 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 Queen Elizabeth's service and skilled in healing and herbs. After the Queen's death, she is employed as an attendant to...
  • Kate
    Jul 04, 2018
    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 i...
  • Leslie
    Aug 18, 2018
    Great loved the true history and the fiction. I could see the characters clearly and feel their emotions. Glad I happened on this book. ...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Apr 16, 2018
    Netgalley #31 Many thanks to Tracy Borman, Atlantic Monthly Press, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. This was not the best historical fiction I've ever read, but it certainly wasn't the worst. What may have improved my opinion would ...
  • Annette
    Feb 18, 2018
    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 I...
  • Emily Grace
    Jun 20, 2018
    Thank you to the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review! ?Ah, but such great ladies have always found ways to trick their husbands into believing that they are compliant, when all the while it is they who wield all the power.? Set in 1603 England,...
  • Amy
    Nov 08, 2018
    I loved this - hit all the right notes for me. Read just like a Philippa Gregory novel, only its not. Its Tracey Borman, and it begins right where Philippa leaves off right after Tudor's #15, and I wanted to know what happens next. Now we see a window into the court and ruling of King ...
  • Carmina Valdizán
    Jul 02, 2018
    Don?t let the title of this book fool you, this book is not about witchcraft, is about intrigues, politics and conspirators. Masterfully portraits how the accusations of witchcraft were used against innocent women for social and political reasons, it also describes the torture?s an...
  • Adina
    Jul 04, 2018
    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 account. Frances Gorges is a young noble women living in 1603 England. She is allowed by h...
  • Lola Et La Vie
    Jul 06, 2018
    Set against the backdrop of the political turmoil that was the reign of King James I in the early 1600s, Borman has created a novel that is full of intrigue, yet manages to make it very human. Frances makes a strong heroine that you cannot help but root for amidst historic figures. ...
  • Kristin Davison
    May 18, 2018
    I would like to thank netgalley and Grove Atlantic for the opportunity to read this book. Set in the court of James I of England and VI of Scotland, this book follows lady Frances a lady in waiting to princess Elizabeth, the kings daughter. It's an interesting look at a superstitiou...
  • Hungry
    Sep 08, 2018
    I enjoyed this so much! I have read alot of historical books and kind of over did it earlier on in the year, and definatly overdosed on damask and hoods. I was really looking for an audiobook that would capture my sense and grab my attentions, I am generally 'doing stuff' when list...
  • Katherine Younkin
    Sep 03, 2018
    Lady Frances Gorges and her mother have served Queen's Elizabeth I, not only as members of the court but as ladies-in-waiting providing herbal remedies for the Queen's ailments. As the Queen lays dying, Frances worries what the future holds. She isn't being overly sensitive because she...
  • Beata
    Sep 22, 2018
    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 ...
  • Tammy
    Oct 20, 2018
    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 ri...
  • Susan
    Feb 21, 2018
    An enthralling peek behind the curtain at the time of James of Scotland who succeeded Queen Elizabeth. We see not only James, but his entire family through the eyes of a member of the aristocracy close to the throne who discovers there are far more secrets being kept than she ever imag...
  • Joyce
    Feb 23, 2018
    5 stars Frances Gorges is a young woman of gentle birth who, along with her mother, attended Queen Elizabeth I at the time of her death in 1603. Tending to her with herbs and potions, she made the Queen?s passing a little easier. King James I (and VI of Scotland), is on his wa...
  • Rebecca Langham
    May 18, 2018
    This novel has quite an interesting premise. I'm personally a big fan of historical fiction that examines well-known time periods or figures through the eyes of women, whether they are women who are also well-known, or those who represent people likely to have existed on the periphery ...
  • Bookish Ally
    Jul 15, 2018
    4.25 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, ...
  • eyes.2c
    Jul 16, 2018
    Exciting and fearful times! The cut and thrust of politics and religion during Tudor times and on into the early 1600's reign of King James of Scotland, leaves the gap between trust and mistrust frighteningly narrow. The removal of women healers as witches from villages and elsewher...