The Lady Tree

The Lady Tree A magnificent novel that vividly evokes the atmosphere of a seventeenth century English country estate and the seething intrigue of Rembrandt s Amsterdam where the population is in the grip of a feve

  • Title: The Lady Tree
  • Author: Christie Dickason
  • ISBN: 9780006513575
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • A magnificent novel that vividly evokes the atmosphere of a seventeenth century English country estate, and the seething intrigue of Rembrandt s Amsterdam where the population is in the grip of a fever of tulip trading It is the Summer of 1636 In England botanist John Nightingale hides from his dangerous past at Hawkridge House, deep in the tranquillity of the countrysidA magnificent novel that vividly evokes the atmosphere of a seventeenth century English country estate, and the seething intrigue of Rembrandt s Amsterdam where the population is in the grip of a fever of tulip trading It is the Summer of 1636 In England botanist John Nightingale hides from his dangerous past at Hawkridge House, deep in the tranquillity of the countryside In Holland, the population is gripped by a fever of speculation Fortunes are gambled on the commodity markets, trading in spices, grain and even rare tulips Blackmailed into leaving Hawkridge to join an elaborate money making scheme in Amsterdam, a city of frenzied greed and luxury, haunted by the ever nearer demons of his past, and falling in love with two very different women, John Nightingale must learn quickly the ways of the world.

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    1. Set in the early part of the 17th century, at the height of "Tulipmania" this is a dense and rich piece of historical fiction. John Nightingale becomes caught up in the trade of tulips and the underground speculative society of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is so well-described I could smell it. Here fortunes hang on a bulb that could be an onion, or on the other hand could be a tulip worth millions. Nightingale has a past, and an enemy who casts a shadow over all his actions, and during the novel he mee [...]

    2. Set in the first half of the 17th century, "The Lady Tree" takes place both in England and the Netherlands (Amsterdam, in particular), during a bizarre phenomenon known as "Tulip Fever" (or sometimes Tulip Mania) -"a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed At the peak of tulip mania, in March 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of [...]

    3. Subtitled ‘A Novel of Intrigue, Passion and Tulips’, this novel is set in England and Holland in 1636 and is filled with a deep love of gardens and trees and flowers. Hawkridge House, the home of the hero John Nightingale, is created with such loving care that it feels as if it must be real. The novel isn’t just about gardens, though. There’s a murder mystery, blackmail, a love affair and a romance, and all the fever of tulip mania in 17th century Holland. A wonderful book.

    4. I would re-read this book. i loved John. He was so real, but with human flaws. Inspiring that he listened to his heart & gut. I loved the way the author put her words together. Many sentences I re-read because her meaning was so true & to the point.

    5. I loved this book - the nuances of character, and the combining of a deep passion for the simple life with a great adventure. And the bizarre nature of human greed that puts its faith in tulips! And we still want to believe in the latest bubble.

    6. Not too impressed with this book I'm afraid! Story is okay, but didn't really warm to any of the characters, maybe I'm not a gardening type gal!

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