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The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Vol. 2: 1661 (Diary of Samuel Pepys #2)

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Samuel Pepys is as much a paragon of literature as Chaucer and Shakespeare. His Diary is one of the principal sources for many aspects of the history of its period. In spite of its significance, all previous editions were inadequately edited and suffered from a number of omissions—until Robert Latham and William Matthews went back to the 300-year-old original manuscript an ...more
Published July 1st 1970 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1906)
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From BBC Radio 4: 15 Minute Drama
Kris Marshall returns as the famous diarist. As many of us do, Pepys begins the year - 1661 - with a resolution: to restrain himself in the expensive pleasures of theatre-going and drinking. He fails spectacularly on both counts. Free, for once, from builders, Samuel and Elizabeth are living happily in Seething Lane with their servants Jane and Will. All is well, until Sam's sister, Paulina, moves in with them - not as a family member and equal but as a third ser
A fascinating insight into history and a glimpse into the personal life of Samuel Pepys, the immediacy of his writing is wonderful and its like reading history as it unfolds.
In this year we have the unsuccessful attempt of the Fifth monarchists to seize control of London,the crowning of Charles II, the marriage of Charles and Catharina of Portugal and also Portugal gives Tanger and Bombay to Charles.
Political turmoil seems to be at end in comparison to the Interregnum and rump parliament of 1660
Ronald Wise
The second of nine volumes of diaries written during the 1660s by English public servant Samuel Pepys while he was in his late 20's and early 30's. As Pepys becomes a little more established as a naval bureaucrat under the re-established monarchy of King Charles II, he learns of troubling financial obligations incumbant upon his rising position, and his weaknesses for wine and the theater. He is excited at being the heir of his deceased Uncle Thomas, but finds that the estate contained much less ...more
Nowhere nearly as interesting as the first volume, this one suffers a bit from the legalese of the settling of his uncle's estate. I didn't really have the patience to sit down and figure out the intricacies of English estate planning. This is one of those years where the abridged volume would help speed things along, but I'm still very much looking forward to 1662 as 2014 approaches.
Ben B
Interesting to hear how contemporaries viewed the English Civil War, the Bubonic Plague, and the Fire of London. Not one I would recommend widely, and I will probably not read it again, but it's a classic because the style is unselfconscious and readable.
Hal Macdermot
amazing insight into the time just after Cromwell, when that frisky Charles II took over. Pepys has a lot of fun. A nice look at life before tedious Victorians and almost tedious Georgians take over
Pepys had an interesting life close to royalty. He was also the neighbor of William Penn's father, a man he did not trust nor like much, but had to work with.
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Samuel Pepys was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, who is now most famous for his diary. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under King James II. His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalization of the Royal Navy.

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