The King's Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy #1)

The King's Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy #1)

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 (Frances Gorges Trilogy #1)
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 (Frances Gorges Trilogy #1) Reviews

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Samantha
    Apr 12, 2018
    I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook via NetGalley. This lively account of the Gunpowder Plot makes familiar events fresh by describing them from a unique point of view. Lady Frances Gorges, a herbalist and lady of the bedchamber to young...
  • Carole Rae
    Jun 16, 2018
    Honestly...when was the last time I read a book about the Gunpowder Plot or any book right after Queen Elizabeth I's death? *thinks* Been a LONG time indeed. The story follows Frances who helped nurse the old queen in her older years. She was encouraged to become a medicine woman w...
  • 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...
  • RoloPoloBookBlog
    Jun 20, 2018
    The King?s Witch by Tracy Borman Book #1: Frances Gorges Trilogy Source: Netgalley My Rating: 4/5 stars Frances Gorges, though born to a title, land, and money, would much rather spend her time tucked away at her family?s estate than waste her time, title, and money at court....
  • 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...
  • Helen
    Aug 14, 2018
    (So it's the first of a proposed trilogy) When historians turn to fiction they have a problem with their training. They are taught to check every fact and provide a source for it, cross check as to what was actually said and by whom. Fiction only requires plausibility. MS Borman can p...
  • 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 ...
  • Louise Marley
    Jun 07, 2018
    I do love reading historical novels about witches and royalty, and I did like the look of this one, with its lovely red and gold cover. However, although the story started off with a wise woman in the time of King James I (a rather perilous occupation in those days!), it was actually a...
  • 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,...
  • Beth
    May 31, 2018
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I may be being slightly harsh on this, but a very solid 3/5 stars. Set in the very early days of King James VI/I of Scotland/England, The King's Witch follows Frances, a young noblewoman, daughter of ...
  • Annemarie Macken
    Jul 05, 2018
    Tracy Borman, famously known for her historical acumen, has now moved into the fictional arena where she presents the story of Lady Frances Gorges, daughter of a marchioness, and an accomplished healer and herbalist. The novel charts her rises and falls at the end of the life of Elizab...
  • 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...
  • EllanReads
    Aug 08, 2018
    Judging by the title of this book I had very different expectations than what I got. That?s not to say that I didn?t enjoy the story, it just didn?t go in a direction that I expected. The Kings Witch follows the story of a real woman named Frances Gorges around the years of 1600-...
  • 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 ...
  • Maria Logan-Montgomery
    Feb 21, 2018
    The King's Witch is the gripping first installmentof the Frances Gorges Historical Trilogy, by Tracy Borman, Ph.D.a brilliant storyteller and historian. While this seems to begin asa historical romance novel, it is so much more. The book covers the Gunpowder Plot, the scheme in w...
  • 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...
  • Mamacat02
    Feb 27, 2018
    Please may I have books 2 and 3 of this trilogy NOW?! I LOVED it. After waiting 3 weeks to start reading The King?s Witch (due to watching the Olympics) I found myself carving out time in my days to steal 5 minutes here and there because I couldn?t stay away from Frances? story. ...