What a wonderful review of The King’s Inquisitor from historical fiction author, Catherine Meyrick. Catherine is so knowledgeable of the 16th century, having written two books set in this time period herself (The Bridled Tongue and Forsaking All Other). This is exactly why, when looking for readers to endorse The King’s Inquisitor, I thought of her.
Thank you so much, Catherine!
The Kings Inquisitor by Tonya Ulynn Brown opens in December 1590 with James VI and his childhood friend William Broune making their way at dusk through the noisesome streets of Edinburgh in the company of a witch-pricker. In a dank room reeking of evil and cruelty at the Edinburgh’s gaol, the Tollbooth, David Seaton, Deputy Bailiff of Tranent, has been ‘questioning’ Geillis Duncan with pilliwinks and rope to force her to confess to witchcraft. James has come to watch the interrogation. Geillis, a young servant of Seton’s, was one of the many who were believed to have used witchcraft to raise a storm intended to capsize the ship in which James VI and his new bride Anne of Demark had been travelling back to Scotland earlier in the year. James believed the storm was an attempt to kill him and took an intense interest in the questioning of those believed…
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