The Devil's Slave - A Novel
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
This second novel in Tracy Borman’s Frances Gorges trilogy is even more exciting and suspenseful than the previous, as the intrigue at court becomes ever more complex. New characters include the wily Sir Walter Raleigh, imprisoned in the Tower of London, and the perfidious teenaged Prince Henry, who is only too eager to take his place as the King of England.
This novel takes place at a time of incredible tension between the country’s Catholic minority and the newly compulsory Protestantism, to which James I adheres with passionate and discriminatory zeal. Secret Catholics are everywhere in this novel, from Frances herself to Walter Raleigh, and even to Lord Cecil, a notorious persecutor of Catholics.
Borman is one of the top British historians in the fields of Renaissance and 16th-century studies, and she combines the meticulous detail of a scholar with the vivid prose of a natural storyteller.
For readers of Alison Weir, Hilary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Jessie Burton, and Kate Morton.
Borman will be returning to the U.S. on a lecture tour this fall, where she will promote The Devil’s Slave as well as her just-published work of history, Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him.
Borman is the joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces in the UK, working daily in the palaces that formed the private world of the Tudors.