Sweeping historical novel from Philippa Gregory the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin’s Lover. Set in the 1600s and seen through the eyes of John Tradescant, gardener to the great men of the age.
This is the story of the Tradescants, father and son, who, despite being humble gardeners, lived at the very centre of English political life in the Seventeenth Century.
They pioneered the art of gardening or more correctly the whole study of botany at a time when the world was opening up like a treasure chest of riches to merchant adventurers and explorers.
John Tradescant introduced the horse chestnut tree to Britain and hundreds of other species. His job as gardener and confidante first to Lord Cecil, Queen Elizabeth’s renowned spymaster, then to the charismatic and erotically dangerous royal favourite the Duke of Buckingham, gave him an extraordinary role in the most turbulent period of English history – brilliantly evoked by the author. The garden very much took its place as an important symbol in the Tudor and Stuart view of the cosmos. This would change, just as Civil War would do away with the very institution of the monarchy.
Sumptuous, beautiful, deeply interesting about both history and horticulture and above all a wonderful story, this is Philippa Gregory’s finest novel.
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"I was entranced...Gregory promises us the continuation of the fictionalized story of the fortunes of the Tradescants in Virgin Earth. Personally, I can't wait."
-- Lisa Jardine, The Times (London)
"A cleverly conceived and executed historical narrative spanning one of the most intriguing and turbulent eras in British history."
-- Margaret Flanagan, Booklist
"This tale of forbidden love set against the turmoil of a country in chaos makes for both intelligent and satisfying reading."
-- Betsy Groban, The New York Times Book Review
"When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league."
-- Val Hennessy, Daily Mail
‘When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league’
‘a hugely enjoyable and unexpectedly moving book’
‘vivid and enthralling… good gripping stuff’
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002253178
Book Description Harpercollins, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2253178
Book Description Harpercollins, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002253178
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