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Earthly Joys: A Novel: The Tradescant Novels, book 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 7 August 2018
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#1 New York Times bestselling author and ""queen of royal fiction"" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory brings to life the passionate, turbulent times of seventeenth-century England as seen through the eyes of the country's most famous royal gardener.
John Tradescant's fame and skill as a gardener are unsurpassed in seventeenth-century England, but it is his clear-sighted honesty and loyalty that make him an invaluable servant. As an informal confidant of Sir Robert Cecil, adviser to King James I, he witnesses the making of history, from the Gunpowder Plot to the accession of King Charles I and the growing animosity between Parliament and court.
Tradescant's talents soon come to the attention of the most powerful man in the country, the irresistible Duke of Buckingham, the lover of King Charles I. Tradescant has always been faithful to his masters, but Buckingham is unlike any he has ever known: flamboyant, outrageously charming, and utterly reckless. Every certainty upon which Tradescant has based his life--his love of his wife and children, his passion for his work, his loyalty to his country--is shattered as he follows Buckingham to court, to war, and to the forbidden territories of human love.
About the Author
Phillipa Gregory is an internationally and #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical novels. She earned her BA from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from Edinburgh University. She is the author of the Wideacre trilogy, the Earthly Joys series, and the Tudor series, which includes the enormously successful book The Other Boleyn Girl. There are currently over a million copies of The Other Boleyn Girl in print in the US alone; it was also made into a successful major motion picture starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana. Gregory also regularly contributes short stories, features, and reviews to a number of newspapers and magazines.
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (7 August 2018)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1508264791
- ISBN-13 : 978-1508264798
- Dimensions : 14.22 x 4.83 x 15.49 cm
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As an historian I was familiar with the period, but not with John Tradescant the Elder. The development of his character truly brought him to life, and I could easily relate to him, being myself a keen gardener.
I enjoyed this book both as an examination of the period in which it is set, and as a thoroughly entertaining story. I enjoyed it so much that the further through I got, the more often I would set it on one side in order to extend the pleasure. Often, encouraged by the story, I would go into the garden and focus upon a task with all the enthusiasm of John Tradescant.
I heartily recommend this book.
The historical accuracy and details are woven into a delightful plot-line. I was so inspired by the book and its sequel "Virgin Earth" that I bought Tradescantia plants for my garden.