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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.

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"Seventeenth-century England is the setting for this engaging historical novel based on the life of John Tradescant, a gardener of common birth who transforms plain plots of land into slices of heaven on earth. As vassal to the secretary of state, Sir Robert Cecil, Tradescant — who, as fate would have it, had no sense of smell — places his master's garden above all else, much to the chagrin of his wife, Elizabeth, and young son, J. Tradescant's affinity for botanicals is matched by his thirst for adventure; in the service of his lord, he travels to distant lands to defend his country's honor (and collect cuttings of rare and exotic plants). When Tradescant is summoned by King James I's closest confidante, the dark-haired and devious Duke of Buckingham, he is immediately taken by the nobleman's beauty. Devotion soon turns to erotic obsession, and Tradescant must face the consequences of loving a fickle, heartless man. Gregory (The Virgin's Lover; The Other Boleyn Girl) renders lush details of plants and clever commentary on the passions and power plays of the British royal court. Only the occasional detail-heavy battle scene slows this vibrant tale of a man grappling with the liabilities of loyalty and love. Agent, Melanie Jackson. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her Cousins’ War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.

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Dear Reader, April 9, 2010 (view all comments by Dear Reader)
Phillipa Gregory brings the early 1600's to life. A page turner leaving me wanting to know what happens next.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743272520
Author:
Gregory, Philippa
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Phillippa Gregory; Phillipa Gregory; Tradescant; John Tradescant; Tradescent; 17th Century England; Royal Gardner; Sir Robert Cecil; King James I; The Gunpowder Plot; King Charles I; English Parliament; Parliament; Duke of Buckingham; The Gay King; Gay Ki
Subject:
Phillippa Gregory; Phillipa Gregory; Tradescant; John Tradescant; Tradescent; 17th Century England; Royal Gardner; Sir Robert Cecil; King James I; The Gunpowder Plot; King Charles I; English Parliament; Parliament; Duke of Buckingham; The Gay King; Gay Ki
Subject:
Phillippa Gregory; Phillipa Gregory; Tradescant; John Tradescant; Tradescent; 17th Century England; Royal Gardner; Sir Robert Cecil; King James I; The Gunpowder Plot; King Charles I; English Parliament; Parliament; Duke of Buckingham; The Gay King; Gay Ki
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 15.225 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Seventeenth-century England is the setting for this engaging historical novel based on the life of John Tradescant, a gardener of common birth who transforms plain plots of land into slices of heaven on earth. As vassal to the secretary of state, Sir Robert Cecil, Tradescant — who, as fate would have it, had no sense of smell — places his master's garden above all else, much to the chagrin of his wife, Elizabeth, and young son, J. Tradescant's affinity for botanicals is matched by his thirst for adventure; in the service of his lord, he travels to distant lands to defend his country's honor (and collect cuttings of rare and exotic plants). When Tradescant is summoned by King James I's closest confidante, the dark-haired and devious Duke of Buckingham, he is immediately taken by the nobleman's beauty. Devotion soon turns to erotic obsession, and Tradescant must face the consequences of loving a fickle, heartless man. Gregory (The Virgin's Lover; The Other Boleyn Girl) renders lush details of plants and clever commentary on the passions and power plays of the British royal court. Only the occasional detail-heavy battle scene slows this vibrant tale of a man grappling with the liabilities of loyalty and love. Agent, Melanie Jackson. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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