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Read this rather interesting book comprised of the diary entries of one Mr. Samuel Pepys. In and of itself, the diary is not altogether engaging. It is however quite interesting for its descriptions of the Great Fire of 1666, which burned down much of London. Aside from that, what I found truly intriguing was the chance to glimpse a man's daily life as he lived it so many hundreds of years ago. A rare thing indeed. Granted Pepys was no ordinary man. He rubbed elbows with royalty, for ...more
Samuel Pepys on the Plague:
"It struck me very deep this afternoon going with a hackney coach from my Lord Treasurer's down Holborne, the coachman I found to drive easily and easily, at last stood still, and came down hardly able to stand, and told me that he was suddenly stuck very sick, and almost blind, he could not see. So I 'light and went into another coach with a sad heart...more
I wonder how I would like it now? Did I just love it because the individual concerned, who read it to me, was such ...more
I loved the detail that he buried his Parmesan in the back yard before fleeing his house during the great fire of London. In fact, Pepys' attention to detail is part of what makes this book such a good read, and a wealth of information for historians. His description of seeing ...more
The edition I read was the first one published ...more
It is one thing to learn in a textbook of the plague or a city ravag ...more
It is really a pity that Samuel Pepys had to stop writing it because of his poor sight.His diary offers a unique point of view of the trouble period of time in which he lived.
What makes this diary so mesmerizing is that Samuel Pepys wrote it for him, not for anyone else (as it was in code). So he is free to write exactly what he thinks.
I really enjoyed reading his account of his life, his work (what a huge amount of work he did), his relations wit ...more
This is a fascinating glimpse at what upper-class life must have been like during the Restoration years in London. There is a real benefit is reading a day-by-day, slodging-through-ordinary life account like this that cannot be matched in chronological narratives that cover wider periods, focusing just ...more
Reading my copy, I was thinking "gosh, this man is just like me!". He enjoys the company of women, but is happily married and there's no hint of shaggery. Then I read some more about Pepys and realised that I ...more
At first I didn't think I would become engrossed in some 17th-Century Englishman's diary. How wrong I was! Pepys' career, like Chaucer's, rises meteorically due to his intelligence & quick-thinking. These are united to his fortune which finds him moving in high aristocratic circles.
His life coincides with a fascinating chapter in English history. Revolution & Regicide, Royal Restoration, Plague, war with the Dutch... much to interest the historian. I find an account ...more
I am really glad that I read this book. From now on, whenever I read or hear about something during this time period, I will forever think of Samuel Pepys and the world in which he lived. I was particularly struck by the commonality that I found in it, how even though the world we live in is dramatically different in many ways, ther ...more
"Moreover, there was increasingly [in the 17th century] a moral indifference. One of the most interesting indications of this is the Diary of Samuel Pepys. If you’ve never read it, it’s quite a treat. The diary of Pepys was only decoded about 1900; and, I believe, first published around 1909. And it is only now that the full diary is being published by the University of California at Berkeley Press. Pepys was a very important man in English history, because he was, in a sense, ...more
Pepys is quite happy doing odd jobs for his relative Sir Edward Mountagu, but momentous events are about to overtake him. He goes to sea with Sir Edward, who is in secret negotiations with Charles II for the restoration of the monarchy. They go to the Netherlands and Charles returns to England on Pepys’s ship. Sir Edward is promoted to being the Earl of Sandwich and Pepys rises with him, becoming one of the highest ranking civil servants in the country. Pepys tries to come to ...more
Now, is there a free Kindle edition of John Evelyn's diaries The Diary of John Evelyn? Every time I read his name I felt ever so curious as to whether Evelyn thought it worth mentioning that ...more
If you don't end up with some sympathy for his wife, well, then, you're not very human.
Surprisingly fun and often witty. Lots of "some things NEVER change"
The d ...more