Virgin Earth by Philippa GregoryVirgin Earth by Philippa Gregory

Virgin Earth

byPhilippa Gregory

Paperback | November 16, 2006

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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.

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.

Philippa Gregory is an established writer and broadcaster for radio and television. She holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. She lives in the North of England with her family.
Title:Virgin EarthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 7.88 × 5.13 × 1.5 inPublished:November 16, 2006Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0007228481

ISBN - 13:9780007228485

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from great John Tradescant the Younger is gardener to the King, Charles I just like his father before him. But this is a time of unrest and the king is battling the rebels. John does not know where his sentiments lie, with his country or his king. So he takes off for the New World, Jamestown to avoid the issues. He leaves behind his children. On this first journey he collects plants and is introduced to Suckahanna, a Powhatan Indian whom he falls in love with. He returns to England to find his father dead and a woman dedicated to his children. John is torn but marries Hestor. Soon however he is wanting to return to Virginia. He returns hopefully to build a plantation and live with Suckahanna. He ends up living with the Indians. This story like the Civil War bounces between England and Virginia as John is torn. At the center core is his gardening but he just can not make up his mind where his loyalities should lie: with king or country, with Hestor or Suckahanna. I enjoyed the story and never knew that England was without the monarchy for such a length of time.
Date published: 2013-02-16