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Kate Foster

Thursday 18th July

Topping & Company Booksellers of Edinburgh, 2 Blenheim Place, Edinburgh EH7 5JH
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If you loved The Maiden, you can't miss Kate Foster's sophomore novel, The King's Witches. Bringing 17th-century Edinburgh vividly to life in all its colour and stink, The King's Witches has been described as ‘a pleasingly female-led re-imagining of true historical events' which is -'a masterpiece of the historical fiction genre'.

Join us this July to celebrate Kate and her long-awaited novel in all its glory!

The King's Witches

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...

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

About Kate Foster

Kate Foster has been a national newspaper journalist for over twenty years. Growing up in Edinburgh, she became fascinated by its history and often uses it as inspiration for her stories.

Her first novel, The Maiden, a feminist revisionist take on the Scottish legend of The White Lady of Corstorphine, won the Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect competition in 2020 and the Bloody Scotland Crime Debut of the Year in 2023.

The King's Witches is her second novel. She lives in Edinburgh with her two children.

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