John Tradescant, the Younger witnesses the English Civil War and its aftermath from his position as royal gardener. He has inherited his father's collection of plants along with his unerring ability to nurture them. But as gardener to Charles I, he confronts an unbearable dilemma when England descends into Civil War.
This is a terrific, free-standing sequel to the historical bestseller "Earthly Joys", as John Tradescant, the Younger witnesses the English Civil War and its aftermath from his position as royal gardener. John Tradescant, the Younger has inherited his father's unique collection of plants along with his unerring ability to nurture them. But as gardener to Charles I, he confronts an unbearable dilemma when England descends into Civil War. Fleeing from the chaos, John travels to the Royalist colony of Virginia in America. But the virgin land is not uninhabited. John's plant hunting brings him to live with the native people, and he learns to love and respect their way of life just as it is threatened by the colonial settlers. In the new world and the old, the established order is breaking down and every family has to find its own way of surviving. For the Tradescants, through the upheavals of the Commonwealth and the Restoration, this means consolidating their reputations as the greatest gardeners in the country.
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'Gregory's remarkable achievement is to transform the known facts into a gripping story of adventurous horticulture, divided loyalties, racial hatred and high passion' Sue Gaisford, Mail on Sunday 'A brilliant continuation of Gregory's meticulously researched story of the Tradescant gardening family, begun with such panache in her bestselling EARTHLY JOYS! utterly gripping' Lisa Jardine, The Times 'delightful! exciting and fascinating! beguiling' Jessica Mann, Sunday Telegraph
About Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory has a history degree from the University of Sussex and a PhD in nineteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. She is a fellow of Kingston University. She lives with her family in Sussex.
Virgin Earth by Philippa Gregory
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