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Potter, Jennifer 1949-

Overview
Works: 18 works in 86 publications in 3 languages and 2,492 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Biography  Biographies  Novels  Historical fiction  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Creator
Classifications: SB404.5, 635.9
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jennifer Potter
Seven flowers and how they shaped our world by Jennifer Potter( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on sources both ancient and modern, and featuring lush full-color illustrations and gorgeous line art throughout, Potter examines our changing relationship with these potent plants and the effects they had on civilizations through the ages. The opium poppy, for example, returned to haunt its progenitors in the West, becoming the source of an enormously profitable drug trade in Asia. In the seventeenth century, the irrational exuberance of the Dutch for rare tulips led to a nationwide financial collapse. Potter also explores how different cultures came to view the same flowers in totally different lights. While Confucius saw virtue and modesty in his native orchids, the ancient Greeks saw only lust and sex. In the eye of each beholder, these are flowers of life and death; of purity and passion; of greed, envy and virtue; of hope and consolation; of the beauty that drives men wild. All seven demonstrate the enduring ability of flowers to speak metaphorically--if we could only decode what they have to say
The rose : a true history by Jennifer Potter( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The acclaimed horticultural historian Jennifer Potter sets out on a quest to uncover the life of a flower that has been viewed so hetrogenously by different cultures in different countries across the centuries. Beginning her story in the Greek and Roman empires, she travels across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas to unravel its evolution from a simple briar of the northern hemisphere to the height of cultivated perfection found in rose gardens today. Whether laying bare the flower's long association with sexuality and secret societies, questioning the Crusaders' role in bringing roses back from the Holy Land, or hunting for its elusive blooms in the gardens of the Empress Josephine at Malmaison, Jennifer Potter reveals why this flower, above all others, has provoked such fascination
Strange blooms : the curious lives and adventures of the John Tradescants by Jennifer Potter( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In seventeenth-century Britain, a new breed of 'curious' gardeners was pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and new plants were stealing into Europe from East and West. The man responsible for introducing many of these plants to Britain was John Tradescant. His fabulous collection became Britain's first public museum. Tradescant's only son (also John) was his apprentice. This work tells the Tradescants' story - as gardeners, as collectors and above all as exemplars of an age that began in wonder and ended with the dawning of science
Secret gardens by Jennifer Potter( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The taking of Agnès by Jennifer Potter( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jamestown brides : the untold story of England's 'maids for Virginia' by Jennifer Potter( Book )

11 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1621, 57 women undertook a three-month journey to Jamestown after responding to an advert placed by the Virginia Company of London calling for maids 'young and uncorrupt' to make wives for its planters in the New Colony. Although the women travelled of their own free will, the Company was in effect selling them at a profit, having set a bride price of 150lbs of tobacco for each woman sold. The colony was then less than 15 years old and the Company hoped to root its settlers to the land with ties of family and children. Using original research, including company records and contemporary accounts, Jennifer Potter gives voice to these women and takes the reader on a journey alongside the brides as they travel into a perilous and uncertain future
After breathless by Jennifer Potter( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven flowers and how they changed the world by Jennifer Potter( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lotus, lily, sunflower, opium poppy, rose, tulip and orchid - each embodies a different kind of power, and each has a story to tell that will take you by surprise. Jennifer Potter tracks these flowers across the globe as she examines their influence on human societies and reveals some astonishing truths
Lost gardens by Jennifer Potter( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book the reader is taken back in time to discover and recreate eight gardens, now forgotten and overgrown, as they would have been in their heyday. A team of impassioned gardeners grapple with questions to unlock the gardens' secrets
The long lost journey : a novel by Jennifer Potter( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jamestown brides the story of England's 'maids for Virginia' by Jennifer Potter( )

3 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jamestown, England's first real foothold in the New World, was fraught with danger-from starvation and disease to violent skirmishes between colonists and the native populations. Mortality rates were impossibly high: six out of seven settlers died within the first few years. How clear these and other perils were made to the fifty-six young women who left their homes and boarded ships in England in 1621, nearly fifteen years after Jamestown's founding, is not known. But we do know who they were. Their ages ranged from sixteen to twenty-eight, and they were deemed "young and uncorrupt." Each had a bride price of 150 pounds of tobacco set by the Virginia Company, which funded their voyage. Though the women had all gone of their own free will, they were to be sold into marriage, generating a profit for investors and helping ensure the colony's long-term viability. Without letters or journals (young women from middling classes had not generally been taught to write), Jennifer Potter turned to the Virginia Company's merchant lists-which were used as a kind of sales catalog for prospective husbands-as well as censuses, court records, the minutes of Virginia's General Assemblies, letters to England from their male counterparts, and other such accounts of the everyday life of the early colonists. In The Jamestown Brides, she spins a fascinating tale of courage and survival, exploring the women's lives in England before their departure and their experiences in Jamestown. Some were married before the ships left harbor. Some were killed in an attack by the native population only months after their arrival. A few never married at all. In telling the story of these "Maids for Virginia," Potter sheds light on life for women in early modern England and in the New World
And how they shaped our world by Jennifer Potter( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lotus, lily, sunflower, opium poppy, rose, tulip and orchid - each embodies a different kind of power, and each has a story to tell that will take you by surprise. Jennifer Potter tracks these flowers across the globe as she examines their influence on human societies and reveals some astonishing truths
Jardins secrets by Jennifer Potter( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in French and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jamestown brides by Jennifer Potter( Recording )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1621, fifty-seven women undertook a three-month journey to Jamestown after responding to an advert placed by the Virginia Company, looking for wives for its tobacco planters in the New Colony. They travelled of their own free will, but the Company was effectively selling them at a profit, having set a bride price of 150lbs of tobacco for each woman. But what did the women want? Why did they make the perilous Atlantic crossing to a dangerous land, where six out of seven European settlers died within a few years? Using company records and contemporary accounts, Jennifer Potter gives the Jamestown brides their voice
The curious lives and adventures of the John Tradescants by Jennifer Potter( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jamestown brides by Jennifer Potter( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jamestown brides : the bartered wives of the new world by Jennifer Potter( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gai bian shi jie de qi zhong hua by Jennifer Potter( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in Chinese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The rose : a true history
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