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Part history, part bone-rattling suspense, this work tells the forgotten story of two of the most dangerous years in the life of legendary diarist Samuel Pepys, who, in 1679, was charged with treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by Overlook Books
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Converse
Jun 18, 2010 Converse rated it it was ok
Samuel Pepys was a fairly prominent civil servant concerned with the construction of the ships of the royal navy. His diary has long been an interesting account of life in London in roughly the 1660s. This book tells how he gots caught up in the Popish Plot against Charles II, & a related personal vendetta against him by one John Scott, but manages to survive (only to be removed a 2nd time from the Navy when William [as in William and Mary College:] becomes king).
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It is a truism that it is the victors who, at least initially, write the history of their triumphant conflicts. This was particularly true of the Whiggish opposition to royal absolutism that culminated in England’s Glorious Revolution. Thomas Babington Macaulay’s eloquent "History of England from the Accession of James II" is only the most influential work in a torrent of bluntly partisan chronicles that have almost unanimously cast the struggle in Manichean terms of heroic, freedom-loving ...more
Ed
Mar 29, 2009 Ed rated it liked it
If anyone from the editorial staff at goodreads notices this James D. Long is NOT the author of this book. It was written by the father and son team of James Long and Ben Long.

Most of what people know about Samuel Pepys is from the "Diaries". Short biographies all but skip over the time he spent in the Tower of London accused of treason with the very real fear of execution hanging over him.

He was accused of the worst type of treason imaginable in the late 17th century in England--secret Cathol
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Tim
Aug 17, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it
I recall plodding through the Diary of Samuel Pepys in high school, but my only image of him is that of pusillanimous portrayer of London life who enjoyed fine dining with amicable company and who took a physique just about every night prior to retiring. This book by the father and son team of James Long and Ben Long expands Pepys’s life after he ceased his daily journaling because he believed that activity was weakening his eyesight.

As a royal official and a protégé of Duke of York, James, the
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Nicholas Whyte
Jan 05, 2012 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it
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An excellent narrative of the chain of events by which Samuel Pepys was imprisoned in the Tower of London as part of the Popish Plot hysteria of 1679 - a truly horrible moment of witch-hunting against Catholics and suspected allies of the Duke of York, the heir to the throne, who had been exiled from England because of his religion. Faced by false accusers who had powerful political allies, Pepys' life was clearly in danger; but he cooly assembled evidence
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PJ Ebbrell
Aug 21, 2014 PJ Ebbrell rated it really liked it
Excellent canter through late restoration London and the main protagonist being Samuel Pepys with an honourable mention to John Scott. Some fantastic characters and some politicking both high and low.
Jane Massy
Jan 29, 2012 Jane Massy rated it really liked it
Excellent and clear account in plenty of detail about the dangerous period of the Popish Plot and the various scoundrels that were prepared to go so any lengths to further their own cause and feather own nests. Confirmed my view of how extraordinary Pepys was and his resilience and focus.
Nick Black
Aug 29, 2008 Nick Black marked it as to-read
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