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Virgin Earth by [Gregory, Philippa]
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Praise for Philppa Gregory:

‘Subtle and exciting.’ Daily Express

‘Written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows.’
Peter Ackroyd, The Times

‘For sheer pace and percussive drama it will take a lot of beating.’ Sunday Times

‘One of Gregory's great strengths as a novelist is her ability to take familiar historical figures and flesh them into living breathing human beings. The Constant Princess is a worthy successor to her previous novels about the Tudors.’ Daily Express

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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 1, 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.

'”Virgin Earth 'is 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 JARDIN, 'The Times'

“Exciting and fascinating”
JESSICA MANN, 'Sunday Telegraph'


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1439 KB
  • Print Length: 674 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743272536
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (11 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z4QTWE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
I loved Earthly Joys and was eager to read the sequel. I wasn't disappointed! Virgin Earth is the story of John Tradescant the Younger's adventures in the New World. As he tries to survive in a harsh environment, he finds romance. Will he ever return to Tradescant's Ark where his brave wife Hester fights to save the family tradition? (This is also the story of the beginning of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.)This novel has it all, passion, history, tragedy, and a great villain.
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After reading the magnificent Earthly Joys I clammered to get my hands on this to see what became of the Tradescant family. I was not disappointed. Philippa Gregory certainly interprets history in a way that helps her weave a captivating story but there are no far fetched assumptions in this book. Her books are like the best history lesson you have ever attended, they catapult the reader to the 1600's as though it were the most natural thing in the world. John Tradescant Junior is an opposite in everyway to his father but carries some of the characteristics that we so admired about JT senior. His life twists and turns in such a way that you fight within yourself whilst working out which route he should take; and then supporting his choices. The detail in this book is magical, one minute you can smell the exotic plants of Virginia and the next you feel as though you are being ravaged by the Civil War.
An inspirational book - will make you search engine crackers for every drop of information that can be had about the Tradescant family.
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A follow up to PG's first book about John Tradescant, but less gripping I felt. Certainly a good read, with much sadness in it, but perhaps not as educational as the first, although I still learned an awful lot from it. For anyone interested in gardening, I do recommend that you read them both, in sequence, as the books really highlight the significance of this wonderfully adventurous family, and the impact they had on what we consider (wrongly) to be typical English garden plants and their real origins. Fascinating, entertaining, heartbreaking and a little saucy - all tremendous ingredients for a good read.
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Another great history novel from Philippa Gregory. It is one of her earlier books and follows the fortunes of the Tradescant famiyl, gardeners and horticulturists to Sir Robert Cecil and then the Duke of Buckinghamshire. It tells of the brave expeditions made to bring back rare and exotic plant species from all over the Americas and Europe. Very enjoyable read.which follows on from Earthly Joys. Set in the early 17th century.
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A lover of Philppa Gregory's books I think this story goes on for too long...I don't think the plot is interesting enough even for a gardener enthusiast...this results in a watered down novel and emotionally a bit predictable
I skipped the last chapters.
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I enjoy Philippa Gregory's writing: she engages with history, her characters are real people whom she clothes in most convincing flesh and blood and consciousness, and she often takes her historical-based narratives to a realm of freedom -- as here, with John Tradescant in early Virginia mixing with the native Powhatan tribe, and with the girl Suckahanna rather than with the English immigrants who are already persecuting the native races; meanwhile back in civil-war-torn England his family is doing all it can to save Tradescant's Ark, the house of marvels (the story of which is told in Earthly Joys) in a society that is collapsing and tearing itself apart.
I was looking for a hardback copy in very good condition, because I want to value and treasure the book, and Amazon and World of Books did not disappoint me.
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I have a personal fascination with this period as I am a descendant of the family of General Mon(c)k, who features in this book (okay, so he turns out to be ruthless but you can't chose your family). Ms Gregory draws on her research to answer some of the questions that I've always wondered like 'How did Charles I get away with it for so long,' and why did the people settle for so little in the end. She has such a gift for taking you into the mindset of the period. I was also moved by the account of the first settlers in Virginia and the life and culture of the Powhatan People. As a gardener, I also enjoyed the research and discoveries of John Tradescant and the heritage of knowledge and plants he left. I was so stirred by the story of the weaselly Elias Ashmole and his theft of the family plants and treasures. Just show me where to sign the petition to rename The Ashmolean to The Tradescanteum!
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I' m glad to have read this follow on book about the gardener and historical times of some of the great gardens of England. It was an Interesting twist to include the times of exploring and discovering America. It always amazes me how much some people travelled centuries ago and the conditions in which they managed to survive. A very good sequel.
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