The black tulip

The black tulip

By Alexandre Dumas
Book Description

Cornelius van Baerle, a respectable tulip-grower, lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win the magnificent prize for its creation. But after his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in deadly political intrigue and is falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival. Condemned to life imprisonment, his only comfort is Rosa, the jailer’s beautiful daughter, and together they concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. Dumas’s last major historical novel is a tale of romantic love, jealousy and obsession, interweaving historical events surrounding the brutal murders of two Dutch statesmen in 1672 with the phenomenon of ‘Tulipomania’ that gripped seventeenth-century Holland. This new translation follows the unabridged edition of 1865 and includes a chronology and list of further reading. In his introduction, Robin Buss discusses Dumas' use of elements from the history of the Dutch Republic, ‘Tulipomania’ and the paintings of the period, and places the novel in the context of Dumas' life and career.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Chapter 1. A Grateful People
  • Chapter 2. The Two Brothers
  • Chapter 3. The Pupil of John de Witt
  • Chapter 4. The Murderers
  • Chapter 5. The Tulip-fancier and his Neighbour
  • Chapter 6. The Hatred of a Tulip-fancier
  • Chapter 7. The Happy Man makes Acquaintance with Misfortune
  • Chapter 8. An Invasion
  • Chapter 9. The Family Cell
  • Chapter 10. The Jailer's Daughter
  • Chapter 11. Cornelius van Baerle's Will
  • Chapter 12. The Execution
  • Chapter 13. What was going on all this Time in the Mind of one of the Spectators
  • Chapter 14. The Pigeons of Dort
  • Chapter 15. The Little Grated Window
  • Chapter 16. Master and Pupil
  • Chapter 17. The First Bulb
  • Chapter 18. Rosa's Lover
  • Chapter 19. The Maid and the Flower
  • Chapter 20. The Events which took place during those Eight Days
  • Chapter 21. The Second Bulb
  • Chapter 22. The Opening of the Flower
  • Chapter 23. The Rival
  • Chapter 24. The Black Tulip changes Masters
  • Chapter 25. The President van Systens
  • Chapter 26. A Member of the Horticultural Society
  • Chapter 27. The Third Bulb
  • Chapter 28. The Hymn of the Flowers
  • Chapter 29. In which Van Baerle, before leaving Loewestein, settles Accounts with Gryphus
  • Chapter 30. Wherein the Reader begins to guess the Kind of Execution that was awaiting Van Baerle
  • Chapter 31. Haarlem
  • Chapter 32. A Last Request
  • Chapter 33. Conclusion
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