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  • Location: Edinburgh, North Berwick, Copenhagen, Oslo

The King’s Witches

The King’s Witches

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1589: Women whisper secrets to each other; it is how we survive.

  • ISBN: 978-1529091786
  • Genre: Fiction, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

1589. Princess Anne of Denmark is betrothed to King James VI of Scotland – a royal union designed to forever unite the two countries. But first, she must pass the trial period: one year of marriage in which she must prove herself worthy of being Scotland’s new Queen. If the King and the Scottish royal court in Edinburgh find her wanting, she faces permanent exile to a convent. Determined to fulfil her duties to King and country, Anne resolves to be the perfect royal bride. Until she meets Lord Henry.

By her side is Kirsten Sorenson, her loyal and pious lady’s maid. But whilst tending to Anne’s every need, she has her own secret motives for the royal marriage to be a success . . .

Meanwhile, in North Berwick, a young housemaid by the name of Jura is dreaming of a new life. She practises the healing charms taught to her by her mother, and when she realises she is no longer safe under her master’s roof, she escapes to Edinburgh. But it isn’t long before she finds herself caught up in the witchcraft mania that has gripped not just the capital but the new queen . . .

Travel Guide


Scotland is the focus of the novel – it gives an important voice to the women at the heart of the real-life witch trials in sixteenth-century Scotland.

The two destinations of Denmark and Scotland are key to the plot, history and story behind the witch trials. Three women, one in North Berwick makes up a thread of stories which unravel and weave themselves together in new ways one by one.

Fascinating to see Edinburgh at the time of this historic royal union.

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Destination/Location: Edinburgh, North Berwick, Copenhagen, Norway  Author: Kate Foster  Departure: 1589

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