Virgin Earth



➜ [KINDLE] ❆ Virgin Earth By Philippa Gregory ➦ – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 d 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 Torn between his loyalty to his country and family and his love for a Powhatan girl who embodies the freedom he seeks, John has to find himself before he is prepared to choose his direction in the virgin landIn this enthralling, freestanding sequel to Earthly Joys, Gregory combines a wealth of gardening knowledge with a haunting love story that spans two continents and two cultures, making Virgin Earth a tour de force of revolutionary politics and passionate characters.Virgin Earth

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film Published in , the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins War now known as The War of the Roses and a new era for the acclaimed authorGregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, where she keeps horses, hens and ducks Visitors to her site, PhilippaGregory become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklingsHer other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wellsA former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year of Edinburgh University, her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website Philipa s Facebook page.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader 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 Torn between his loyalty to his country and family and his love for a Powhatan girl who embodies the freedom he seeks, John has to find himself before he is prepared to choose his direction in the virgin landIn this enthralling, freestanding sequel to Earthly Joys, Gregory combines a wealth of gardening knowledge with a haunting love story that spans two continents and two cultures, making Virgin Earth a tour de force of revolutionary politics and passionate characters."/>
  • Paperback
  • Virgin Earth
  • Philippa Gregory
  • English
  • 22 July 2019
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10 thoughts on “Virgin Earth

  1. says:

    Virgin Earth is the second installment in Gregorys Tradescant duology, written about the somewhat elusive Tradescant gardeners to the royals The Tradescants, being that of John and John Junior Tradescant, who have a lot to be accountable for, in today s plants and trees in the Uk Let me start by saying that this very novel is one of the greatest reasons I love Historical Fiction as a genre Gregory is remarkable at writing about history, and the reason why I love it so, is that at the end of e Virgin Earth is the second installment in Gregorys Tradescant duology, written about the somewhat elusive Tradescant gardeners to the royals The Tradescants, being that of John and John Junior Tradescant, who have a lot to be accountable for, in today s plants and trees in the Uk Let me start by saying that this very novel is one of the greatest reasons I love Historical Fiction as a genre Gregory is remarkable at writing about history, and the reason why I love it so, is that at the end of every book of hers, you are muchknowledgeable before you started reading it I come away from these books retaining so many historical facts As much as I would love to take her books as gospel obviously there is much fiction entwined into these novels to make themenjoyable and entertaining, however I spend majority of my time back and forth from Wikipedia to see if did that really happen , most of the time it did However, as hard as it is sometimes is I have to refrain from Google so as not to ruin the characters story I found this book remarkably relevant to this moment in time, as this book focuses on the time period of the Civil War, documenting the demise of Charles 1 through his gardeners eyes I am not so familiar with this part of history, however with the current state of affairs in Britain right now, I dare not say the dreaded B word , I did find it all most relevant Are we not a country divided Gregorys writing as always is an absolute pleasure to read I am a true fan of hers and will continue to preorder and impatiently await her new novels, I just find that she transports you to a time long ago and brings to life these fantastic historical characters The way she weaves a story around them in utterly astounding and sometimes you have to remind yourself that majority is fiction I would highly recommend this book, the characters seem true and relate able, if your fascinated with battles and monarchy this will entertain you This novel is also based around the beginnings of Virginia and a large chunk focuses on the Native American tribes and how they lived It really is an enjoyable history lesson If you love history like me then you will simply adore Philippa Gregory like many of her adoring fans, myself included

  2. says:

    I liked The Other Boleyn girl, so I thought this would be a good, fast read The first 1 3rd was mildly interesting I was hoping the character development would continue, but it abruptly stopped when she started focusing several chapters on the Royalists vs Parliamentarians It didn t really seem pertinent to the main storyif there was a main story Gregory could have removed the entire middle of the book and saved readers from a 650 page book that ended up being a waste of time in my opi I liked The Other Boleyn girl, so I thought this would be a good, fast read The first 1 3rd was mildly interesting I was hoping the character development would continue, but it abruptly stopped when she started focusing several chapters on the Royalists vs Parliamentarians It didn t really seem pertinent to the main storyif there was a main story Gregory could have removed the entire middle of the book and saved readers from a 650 page book that ended up being a waste of time in my opinion It was really challenging to read this novel because I was waiting for it to pick up again It never really did Characters that seemed like they would get an interesting treatment were put aside Even John Tradescant was underdeveloped, in my opinion There was a frustrating unbelievable lack of response or emotion from some characters and annoying, drawn out, ok we get it overdramatic responses from others One of my least favorite novels, ever

  3. says:

    Both of these books, Earthly Joys and Virgin Earth, about the Tradescant family in 17th century England were absolute page turners for me I learned a great deal about English history of which I was unaware, and Gregory filled in many unknowns for me through exellent story telling I m a true Gregory fan amongst thousands of others, to be sure

  4. says:

    Really informative about England 1638 onwards, Charles I what a self absorbed monarch he was , the English civil war, about Virgina US and, of course, about the Tradescant gardens It s a real shame that the Tradescants were swindled out of their three generation s heritage by Elias Ashmole and their original Rarities museum is now know as Ashmoleum Museum at Oxford 3.75

  5. says:

    This is the second and final book in the series of John Tradescant and his son gardeners to King Charles I It s not just a fabulous book, full of strong, believable characters and vivid, beautiful descriptions of the many plants, trees and flowers that they discovered and planted, it s also a really interesting history lesson I got so caught up in this family s story that I then went on to readabout them and their legacy Chances are that we all have, or have seen, some of their plants This is the second and final book in the series of John Tradescant and his son gardeners to King Charles I It s not just a fabulous book, full of strong, believable characters and vivid, beautiful descriptions of the many plants, trees and flowers that they discovered and planted, it s also a really interesting history lesson I got so caught up in this family s story that I then went on to readabout them and their legacy Chances are that we all have, or have seen, some of their plants at some time and I personally find that quite exciting sad middle aged woman s review right here And besides all that it s a fab story Whatcould you want

  6. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is the sequel to Earthly Joys, and I must say I liked it much better John Tradescant the main character from Earthly Joys has died and his son, John has taken over the family business of gardening for the king He travels to the New World three times to bring back rare plants to England I was disappointed with the way he treated his wife Hester She is so good and patient with him, and he just takes him for granted I was also disappointed with his affair with Suckahanna, a Powhatan wom This is the sequel to Earthly Joys, and I must say I liked it much better John Tradescant the main character from Earthly Joys has died and his son, John has taken over the family business of gardening for the king He travels to the New World three times to bring back rare plants to England I was disappointed with the way he treated his wife Hester She is so good and patient with him, and he just takes him for granted I was also disappointed with his affair with Suckahanna, a Powhatan woman when he was in Virginia At least John was able to make up his own mind with his relationship to the king unlike his father I was saddened to hear about the death of his son and how in the end John lost his entire inheritance to Elias Ashmole As always, Philippa Gregory bases her books on historical events and this book follows the reign of King Charles the Last and the major wars faught during his time as king The Tradescants were a real family and there are a few varieties of plants named after them today.While I was reading this book, I planted my bulbs for next spring, and I thought about how hard the Tradescants worked in their gardens removing all of the stones from the soil I sure could have used their help with all the stones in my garden I also thought about how they transplanted to many plants even large, mature trees Kind of fascinating

  7. says:

    Having read Earthly Joys , I took this one with me on a 14 hour plane ride thinking I would really enjoy it Not so much The characters made me mad, there was way less gardening and waywar, and it just wasn t what I expected it to be Further, the ending was terrible Had I been at home, I might have thrown the book against the wall Not wanting to get thrown off the plane, I had to force myself not to.

  8. says:

    The history was fascinating but the main character is a schmuck

  9. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I quite enjoyed Earthly Joys, being from a male perspective Gregory s characters are usually female and with so much about the gardening trade and history of the time, it was a refreshing and interesting change I expected to like this sequel equally or maybe even , for the main character surely goes off to Virginia exciting Nope It was dull as dishwater I was hopeful in the first third Disappointed in the second third Bored as hell in the third third The dealings of Charles I and I quite enjoyed Earthly Joys, being from a male perspective Gregory s characters are usually female and with so much about the gardening trade and history of the time, it was a refreshing and interesting change I expected to like this sequel equally or maybe even , for the main character surely goes off to Virginia exciting Nope It was dull as dishwater I was hopeful in the first third Disappointed in the second third Bored as hell in the third third The dealings of Charles I and then the Commonwealth are interesting historically, but they were just laid out so blandly in the book There were chunks of text that made me feel like I was at school, which is unusual with Gregory I don t find the time period or even academic chunks of text dull in general, but the way the bland facts were interspersed rather heavily with the listless human drama really look the shine off them The book didn t seem to know where it wanted to go either SPOILERS AHEAD.First J John s son and now main protagonist is in Virginia, having a very interesting time with an underage native girl I was hoping he d stay there quite a bit longer or there d beabout the Powhatan tribe, but needs must when the devil vomits in your kettle after a month s romp in the jungle wearing nothing but a deer hide thong J has to return home When he gets there he finds his father is dead and does not seem massively bothered and some strange woman he s never met living in his house and looking after his kids Not wanting to love another woman even though he s sworn his hand to the 13 year old Powhatan girl in Virginia he decides that for the good of the kids they can marry Poor Hester, for some reason, can t resist J s charms and falls for him, despite their marriage being only for convenience J doesn t seem to feel the same way for a while, though he also has no intention of going back to claim his child fiancee Smooth move, J Meanwhile the Kingdom is falling apart, Charles is stirring his mess, and the people and parliament are rising up against him Despite the sense of bravery and duty his father has tried to instil in him for some hundreds of pages in the previous book, J decides he s had enough of it and he s going to run away and live in Virginia He asks Hester and the kids to come with him, suddenly deciding they re now important, but they refuse No one needs scurvy, the flux, starvation or to be scalped by an Native American added to their list of woes, I guess Being the nice, considerate man he is, J leaves anyway When in Virginia he makes a hash of trying to build his own house and live off the land He s pretty godamned bad at it So bad that the watching Powhatans his discarded teen love included covertly bring him food which he promptly soils himself with In despair and destitution J makes some sort of mad venture in a canoe and wakes up in the Powahatan village The natives scorn him for being, frankly, disgusting, but eventually he wins some of them to his side, including his much jilted lady, Suckahannah She admits she still loves him and gives her mighty, bare chested adonis husband the boot J learns the Powhatan ways and becomes a brave, with the unlikely name of Eagle He lives in some sort of sexy utopia where he does nothing but screw, farm and hunt I feel this guy is getting off lightly whilst his estranged English wife is solely providing for their children back in war torn England The Powhatan, not feeling too kindly about the white man pushing them back day by day on their own land, mount a war band against the bulk of the Virginian settlers Unable to attack his own people even though he s sworn that the Powahatan are his people he chickens out and is thus looked upon in great shame So not only can he not remain faithful to a woman, or look after his children, he is also useless to both nations as he can t make up his mind who he is for The Virginians, having fortifications, hunting dogs, muskets, and not much else to do, launch a pursuit of the Powhatan, driving them into swamp lands Unimpressed with her husband s turncoat ways, Suckahannah wants nothing to do with him Treated as a sort of bumbling clown, J decides he s had enough and forsakes the natives to go home Because that s just his way We keep thinking J may go back to Virginia That we may hearof the brave Suckahannah, her wily children, and her buff and raven haired ex Instead we re treated to umpteen pages of historical misdeeds blockily put down in between Johnnie s J s son caterwauling about supporting the crown and blistering to be off at war.Johnnie gets his wish and comes back with a bitchin scar Frances, J s other kid, is now a fair maiden and marries their ageing family friend Hester continues to pine in plain faced silence There s no spark between her and J for the rest of the book By this point I didn t care The king gets the chop and Cromwell sets himself up as leader Yep, yep, that s all well and good, but do we have to have this war, that war, for the rest of the book without really checking in much on the intricacies of the characters any I love history, but I ve got to be honest, that s not my main reason for reading this books the characters are Sick of living in a world where he feels justice is turned upside down, Johnnie, in a rather over dramatic turn of events, drowns himself in the lake behind the family house Gutted, J returns to Virginia to see what has become of his abandoned people , only to learn his ex wife and super fine native friend are dead, and the Powhatan are generally locked up inside what we would think now as a rather poor reservation Unable to think of any way to help them, he just leaves Thanks for rounding that off with a resounding THUMP Back at home there s somepolitical uprising and the King, New King Charles II, comes back to the throne There s quite a bit of dithering with the main characters in between these political events again, mostly complaining loudly at each other Poor old uncle dies, leaving Frances a widow Perhaps a handsome suitor will come Nope, there s no time There s only time for a decidedly rushed and shoddy ending which left me feel empty inside and not at all bothered as to how the main characters may end up in the future Guh I normally like Gregory s books They re escapes Sensationalist and sultry, but with a nice smattering of historical realism to back it up And usually the balance of interesting characters and history is well done They re not quite bodice rippers, these yarns, and they re not academic essays but they grip you nonetheless Its a shame this one has faltered so badly for me

  10. says:

    I am a historical fiction fan I have read some of Philippa Gregory s bestsellers, and I ve liked them, but not loved them Books like The Other Boleyn Girl are what I call pop historical fiction, and while they can be enjoyable, historical fiction purists typically find them disappointing That s why I was surprised to enjoy Virgin Earth as much as I did I didn t just like this book, I loved it Gregory s research about England and colonial America during the reign of King Charles I laid a fi I am a historical fiction fan I have read some of Philippa Gregory s bestsellers, and I ve liked them, but not loved them Books like The Other Boleyn Girl are what I call pop historical fiction, and while they can be enjoyable, historical fiction purists typically find them disappointing That s why I was surprised to enjoy Virgin Earth as much as I did I didn t just like this book, I loved it Gregory s research about England and colonial America during the reign of King Charles I laid a fine background for a novel about a gardener to the king, John Tradescant, and the struggle for survival in an era where conflicting loyalties were not welcomed.I also greatly appreciated the author s knowledge of plants of which I have a little myself , and the love of botany that the main character shares with the reader Virgin Earth is a stand alone sequel to an earlier release called Earthly Joys I m definitely going to put that novel on my TBR list There is so much to enjoy about Virgin Earth, it is exciting, historical and definitely a page turner It is right up there with the works of Edward Rutherfurd and Sharon Kay Penman

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