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Earthly Joys

Tradescant Novels, Book 1
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
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Number one New York Times best-selling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA Today) Philippa Gregory brings to life the passionate, turbulent times of 17th-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 17th-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. 

©2005 Philippa Gregory (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Fantastique

The development of the main character was slow and deliberate. Loved the human nature of all of the characters. The honesty that love and nature are so complex and defy definition.

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Not Gregory s best

Very disappointed with the caliber of this book. I’ve read all the author’s books and something went over the line of entertainment. The sexual content went past a brief glimpse to full obsession.

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where's Philippa ?

not at all like Gregory's Tudor novels Boring! not recommendable at all. I usually can't put down her novels! This one has been difficult to get through

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Sinful man

Not sure why the author had to create such contradiction in a man of this era. I usually read the.es books to avoid some of the modern garbage that are often depicted in books with too much sex and lies, this unfortunate depiction of one of the main characters made it so that I had to deal with this when I would rather have avoided it.

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