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Gunpowder, treason and plot by Tracy Borman

Posted on: 15/06/2018 with tags: English History, gunpowder plot, historical fiction, historical novel, james i, tower of london, tracy borman, witchcraft, Stuart, Tudor

Tracy Borman reveals the long process behind her move into historical fiction… The publication of my debut novel, The King’s Witch, this June marks the realisation of a long-cherished ambition.  I read historical fiction all the time and have often dreamed of penning a novel myself, then a chance meeting at Harrogate History Festival a few years ago made that a reality.  Hodder’s Nick Sayers, one of the best fiction editors in the business, happened to be there with another author and we got c…

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Read an extract of Tracy Borman’s brand new novel

Posted on: 30/05/2018 with tags: debut novel, historical fiction, historical novel, the king's witch, tracy borman, Stuart, Tudor

Already a great historian, Tracy Borman proves with this thrilling debut novel that she is also a born storyteller. As she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth, Frances Gorges longs for the fields and ancient woods of her parents’ Hampshire estate, where she has learned to use the flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. Frances is happy to stay in her beloved countryside when the new King arrives from Scotland, bringing change, fear and suspicion. His court may be shockingly decaden…

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Review of The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements

Posted on: 29/01/2016 with tags: english civil war, katherine clements, Reviews, the silvered heart, Stuart

I have never read a book by Lady Katherine Clements before, and have not read many pieces of fiction that are set during the civil war, so I was really intrigued when I picked up this book. From the first page, I knew I would soon be hooked as Katherine plunges the reader straight into the action! The year is 1648 and we meet a young and frightened Lady Katherine Ferrers travelling along a treacherous road, away from her beloved home. By page 2, the coach they’re travelling in is stopped by a pa…

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The Man Who Cancelled Christmas

Posted on: 09/12/2015 with tags: civil war, katherine clements, oliver cromwell, the crimson ribbon, the silvered heart, Stuart

Katherine Clements, author of The Silvered Heart and The Crimson Ribbon, writes about the man who supposedly cancelled Christmas. Ask people what they know about Oliver Cromwell and you get the same answer time and again: He’s the one who cancelled Christmas. It’s an enduring story and one that fits the caricature of Cromwell as a Puritan killjoy who didn’t believe in having any fun. It’s easy to imagine Old Nol turning up his famous warty nose at the plum pottage or snuffing the candles and bol…

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