The Black Tulip

The Black Tulip

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The tulip craze of 17th century Holland has a dark side! Cornelius van Baerle, a wealthy but naïve tulip grower, finds himself entangled in the deadly politics of his time. Cornelius' one desire is to grow the perfect black tulip. But, after his godfather is murdered, he finds himself in prison, facing a death sentence. His jailer's lovely daughter holds the key to his survival, and his chance to produce the precious black blossom. Yet he has one more enemy to contend with!
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media, [2006]
Additional Contributors: Bolen, John
Summary: The tulip craze of 17th century Holland has a dark side! Cornelius van Baerle, a wealthy but naïve tulip grower, finds himself entangled in the deadly politics of his time. Cornelius' one desire is to grow the perfect black tulip. But, after his godfather is murdered, he finds himself in prison, facing a death sentence. His jailer's lovely daughter holds the key to his survival, and his chance to produce the precious black blossom. Yet he has one more enemy to contend with!

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TeresaWBrown
Jun 26, 2016

Not the Musketeers or Monte Cristo but was easy listening for my daily commute across the bridge and back. All about tulips and love-great for Spring in Seattle.

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thepudman
May 25, 2015

Takes awhile to understand who is who, but an enjoyable story. Who knew there could be such drama in growing tulips?

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cemwebster
Oct 31, 2011

Enjoyable.
It made the car trip even better.

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Phibian
Jan 27, 2010

The opening sequence is not exactly PG-13; the brutal murder of the de Witte brothers is described in gory detail. They leave behind politically dangerous papers in the possession of nephew Cornelius van Baerle, a talented gardener who is completely focussed on growing a perfect black tulip in order to gain the 100,000 guilder prize offered in exchange.

Jealous neighbour Boxtel denounces Cornelius in order to steal the tulip suckers but is thwarted.

Cornelius and tulip suckers are sent to jail, where he meets and falls in love with Rosa.

Sentenced to death, Cornelius leaves his tulips to Rosa provided that she "marries a respectable young man of about my age, who loves her, and whom she loves, and that she gives the black tulip, which will constitute a new species, the name of Rosa Barlaensis, that is to say, hers and mine combined."

When his death sentence is commuted, the two lovers work secretly together to grow the black tulip, while avoiding Boxtel who will do anything to steal the flowers.

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