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Earthly JoysN 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 courtTradescant'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 Tr. I liked this book and learned uite a bit about King James's court King Charles and the Duke of Buckingham Further research told me that the main character of this book was in fact a real person and this account was true I think she took a few liberties with the writing of this book than some of the others This was probably because John Tradescent was a Gardener and had a lot less recorded about him than royalty and nobels did This book discusses homosexual behaviors in the courts of both King James and Charles and does include some bedroom scenes I had a harder time relating to the characte because I did not understand the male dutiful subject point of view but I think that Gregory did a good job of capturing the changing of attitudes happening between generations on the cusp of a Civil war I found myself scandlized in parts of the book still dissapointed when it was over and eager to read the seuel

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Download Earthly Joys ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ú #1 New York Times bestselling author and ueen of royal fiction USA TODAY Philippa Gregory brings to life the passionate turbulent times of seventeenth century England as seen through the eyes of the country's most famous royal gardenerJohn Tradescant's fame and skill as a gardenerAdescant 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 lov. This is my favourite Philippa Gregory book since The ueen's Fool I'm not super familiar with the whole James ICharles I period so seeing it all through the lens of John Tradescant master gardener to the STARS was fascinating and fun Loved all the stuff about gardening loved all the stuff about the CRAZY tulip bulb stock market loved all the stuff about the shifting attitudes to religion and service loved the tiny bit of hot gay action loved it Can't wait to read the second book about his son

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#1 New York Times bestselling author and ueen of royal fiction USA TODAY Philippa Gregory brings to life the passionate turbulent times of seventeenth century England as seen through the eyes of the country's most famous royal gardenerJohn Tradescant's fame and skill as a gardener are unsurpassed in seventeenth century England but it is his clear sighted honesty and loyalty that make him a. Phillipa Gregory's books are to me a bit like junk food I know that they aren't good for me but I somehow can't stopThey aren't good for me in the sense that being based on real historical characters and to some extent real events they seduce you into thinking that they are real history but of course they are purely fiction However I'm aware that her story will get lodged in the strange recesses of my brain and at some point I'll recall parts of the story as factThat said they are compelling reading and I always seem to find myself slipping back for an illicit chapter or two when I should be doing something else usefulEarthly Joys is the story of John Tradescant gardener extraordinaire and collector of rare and strange plants We follow his life through the reigns of King James and Charles I brushing with plague corruption the intrigues of court and the horrors of war I particularly enjoyed this one as I share some of John's joy in getting things to grow and the respite to be received by losing oneself in getting your hands dirtyGreat book thoroughly enjoyed it and was sad when I finished it