Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529091816
RRP: £14.99


The King’s Witches: A Bewitching Historical Novel from the Women’s Prize Longlisted Author of The Maiden

By (author) Kate Foster

‘[E]nthralling, compelling and at times chilling . . . An utterly timely tale’ ? D. V. Bishop, award-winning author of Ritual of Fire

‘A beautifully written tale of love and duty, fear and courage’ – Jenny Ashcroft, author of Echoes of LoveThe King’s Witches by Kate Foster is a gripping and beautiful historical novel, giving an unforgettable voice to the women at the heart of the real-life witch trials in sixteenth-century Scotland.

Women whisper secrets to each other; it is how we survive.

1589. Princess Anna of Denmark is betrothed to King James VI of Scotland. Before they can wed, Anna must pass the trial period: one year of marriage to prove herself worthy of being Scotland’s new Queen. Determined to fulfil her duties to King and country, Anna resolves to be the perfect royal bride. Until she meets Lord Henry . . .

By her side is Kirsten Sorenson, her loyal and pious lady-in-waiting. But, whilst tending to Anna’s every need, Kirsten has her own secret motives for the royal marriage to succeed . . .

Meanwhile, in North Berwick, young housemaid Jura practises the healing charms taught to her by her mother. When she realises she is no longer safe, she escapes to Edinburgh, only to find herself caught up in the witchcraft mania that has gripped not just the capital, but the new queen . . .

Will Anna, Kirsten and Jura be able to save each other and, in doing so, save themselves?

*The Maiden was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction on 05/03/2024

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