Earthly Joys (Earthly Joys Series #1)

Earthly Joys (Earthly Joys Series #1)

by Philippa Gregory
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Earthly Joys (Earthly Joys Series #1) by Philippa Gregory

#1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen 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 gardener.

John 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743272520
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 05/24/2005
Series: Earthly Joys Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 258,344
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Philippa Gregory is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her work has been adapted for the screen in The Other Boleyn Girl movie and the critically acclaimed STARZ miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess. Her most recent novel is The Last Tudor. She graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds two honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction. She welcomes visitors to her website,


Yorkshire, England

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1954

Place of Birth:

Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa


B.A. in history, Sussex University, 1982; Ph.D., 18th-century popular fiction, Edinburgh, 1984

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Earthly Joys 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
lmbernier More than 1 year ago
Sometimes writers are good at venturing outside their comfort zones. Sometimes they are not. In this case, Gregory is not. Attempting to write from a male perspective, Gregory falls flat in this slow moving historical drama about the rise of the Stuarts to the English throne. John Tradescant is the best gardener in England. He is a man who gives his entire heart and soul to the lords he chooses to serve. First it is Robert Cecil, and then he pledges himself to the Duke of Buckingham, transcending from a lowly gardener to a confidante of two powerful men as the political face of the nation changes. Living in a time of such social and political upheaval, it is ironic that Tradescant is a stick in the mud. His love and loyalty remains pledged to characters far beyond when they should. There is action--but it is few and far between. Mainly this book is a series of conversations and then traveling, and then more conversations. The set up for a sequel at the end is awkwardly done as well. Gregory has done better with her women. She should stick to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried, I really, really tried!! I have read so many other Philippa Gregory books that I was excited about finding this one, however I found this one so disappointing. After thoroughly enjoying the other books by Ms. Gregory I thought this one had to get better, I kept reading and waiting for it to get better until I finally had to give up. Like another reviewer I just couldn't get through the book. So boring, everything just dragged, I just kept waiting for something to happen and it never did. I'm not ready to give up on Phillipa Gregory however, I found almost all of her other books enjoyable. Don't bother with this one look for her other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love historical novels and this was a good read. However, I find it disturbing that the events of history were changed. Charles I was executed yet in this book he died in his bedchamber of sickness. Creating characters is one thing, changing history is another.
Susan Bowman More than 1 year ago
This will remain one of my favorite reads! I have found the 2 or 3 other books I have read by Ms Gregory to be very good. As a gardener myself, I found this one captured my soul. I would not call it great, but full of heart.
MELKI More than 1 year ago
A passable and totally forgettable book by an autheor I normally admire.
Not the best in historical fiction but still above many others.
Don't expect too much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book months ago because I enjoyed some of her other books. I have not even finished this book and will probably not ever pick it up again. It did not hold my interest at all. I even gave it a few chapters. Lost cause.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Philippa Gregory's historical novels. I was a little leary when purchased this book, but I became quickly engrossed. I loved reading and learning about the plants almost as much as I enjoyed learning about the Tradescant family. I liked reading from the male perspective, as typically her books are written from the female perspective. The sequal to this book is also outstanding! I was very plesantly surprised!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First , if you ate Only looking for a Tudor book Get out Of Here! This book is told by the viewpoint of the greatest gardener of all time. A Real mam, John Tradescant. This book is very good nd very well told. No, you do Not get a lot about that scoundral cur, George Villiers, The Duke of Buckingham. He is only a minor player in this book. John Tradescant the Elder was his gardener until the Dukes assination. If you are not into gardenening in medieval times, this is not your book. Ms. Gregory is about more than just the Tudors. She is a Historian. A real historian is interested in all of history. Even gardening ! So before pre ordering your books without the description, lol, then writing bad feedback about a five star author who forgot more than you will ever know, why don't you just wait? Do us all a favor and keep your typing finger to yourself. Some of us like all history. Not just happy lil princesses !
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I found the topic fascinating..but i do love gardening and plants. It was slower than others but the topic was more unique. Was not able to get into sequel at all. Never was able to get into virgin earth...and i devoured all her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was awful! Slow moving, boring and homosexual relations, when that story line started I deleted the book immediately. Expensive lesson, sorry I purchased.
NolaGirl83 More than 1 year ago
However, if you are not sure you want to read about a man instead of a women this go around with Gregory then this book isn't for you. However It is very well written but please do hesitate when you realize whats going on between this Gardener and his Male Friend.
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