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Kate Braithwaite

Kate Braithwaite was born and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has lived in England and Canada where she studied creative writing at Toronto University, receiving the Marina Nemat Award and the Random House/University of Toronto Student writing prize for her historical fiction. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and a freelance writer for Kate lives with her family in Pennsylvania.


“I enjoyed it enormously…you brought The Affair flooding back to me with added excellent detail…It really is a remarkable achievement.” —Anne Somerset, author The Affair of the Poisons

“This book kept me reading into the night…luxury and squalor, royal scandal and sorcery…how could it not?” –Fay Weldon, author The Life and Loves of a She-devil

“Reading Charlatan, you are sure to be both entranced and repulsed by Braithwaite’s depictions of Machiavellian scheming, sorcery, and lust.” —University of Toronto

“Kate Braithwaite has written an intimate and intriguing view of one of the most famous courtesans in all France. She paints a sympathetic portrait of Mme de Montespan, whom history sometimes treats harshly. Her story provides intelligent insight into the glamour and treachery of the Sun King’s court. This novel is worth reading.” –Historical Novel Society (click here for full review)

Press Release: New Book Release from Fireship Press – Charlatan – A Historical Novel of Madame de Montespan, the Long-Time Mistress of King Louis XIV and the Royal Scandal that Ensues.


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