The Black Tulip

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Penguin Books Limited, Apr 24, 2003 - Fiction - 246 pages
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Cornelius von Baerle lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But when his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in a deadly political intrigue. Falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival, Cornelius is condemned to life in prison. His only comfort is Rosa, the jailer's beautiful daughter, who helps him concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. As Robin Buss explains in his informative introduction, Dumas infuses his story with elements from the history of the Dutch Republic (including two brutal murders) and Holland's seventeenth-century "tulipmania" phenomenon.

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User Review  - mrsdanaalbasha - LibraryThing

The Black Tulip is a historical novel written by Alexandre Dumas, père. The story begins with a historical event — the 1672 lynching of the Dutch Grand Pensionary (roughly equivalent to a modern ... Read full review

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User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

The main part of the novel is basically a sweet romance between the jailkeeper's daughter Rose and the innocent political prisoner Cornelius van Baerle. Before the romance takes place, however, the ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) was the son of Napoleon's famous general Dumas. A prolific author, his body of work includes a number of popular classics, including The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask.

Robin Buss (1939-2006) was a writer and translator who worked for the Independent on Sunday and as television critic for the Times Educational Supplement. He was also the translator of a number of volumes for Penguin Classics.

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