Tradescant Series

3 books in series
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Earthly Joys Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • Earthly Joys

    • Tradescant Novels, Book 1
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
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      4 out of 5 stars 77

    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.  

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not Gregory s best

    • By david schaben on 08-20-18

    Regular price: $28.34

  • Book 2

    • Virgin Earth

    • Tradescant Novels, Book 2
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    As England descends into civil war, John Tradescant the Younger, gardener to King Charles I, finds his loyalties in question, his status an ever-growing danger to his family. Fearing royal defeat and determined to avoid serving the rebels, John escapes to the royalist colony of Virginia, a land bursting with fertility that stirs his passion for botany. Only the native American peoples understand the forest, and John is drawn to their way of life just as they come into fatal conflict with the colonial settlers.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Big Rotten Apple of a Book

    • By Eva Gannon on 12-29-18

    Regular price: $33.07

    • Virgin Earth

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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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 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. 

    Regular price: $20.72