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The Diary of John Evelyn

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The Diary of John Evelyn (1620-1706) is one of the principal literary sources for life and manners in the English seventeenth century. Evelyn was one of an influential group of men which included Wren, Pepys and Boyle; a founding member of the Royal Society, he was also a friend of Charles II, a Commissioner for sick seamen and prisoners of war during the Dutch Wars, a pri ...more
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Published September 1st 2004 by Boydell Press (first published 1818)
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Shauna
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Evelyn lived through some turbulent times in England's history- the Cromwell parliament, the restoration of the monarchy, the Great Fire of London to name but a few. He frequently mixed with royalty and had many famous friends, including Sir Christopher Wren and Samuel Pepys. His diaries are not full of scandal and gossip (unlike Pepys) but they do give an honest account of the upper echelon of society during the seventeenth century and what it was like to be a rich and pious Protestant at ...more
Toby
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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He doesn't have the verve and indiscretion of Pepys but in Evelyn is probably a better representative of the country gentleman living away from court. Although often quotidian and rather dry in his entries, he reveals a dear love towards his children and his friends. He lived to an old age and so, unlike Pepys' journal, we see the changing landscape of England over a lifetime and not simply a decade. ...more
Andrea Zuvich
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Better than Pepys, in my opinion, as Evelyn covers more years (and therefore, more events). No, he's not as naughty as old Sam, but I still prefer this diary. ...more
Kevin
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Entries prior to 1683 were compiled by Evelyn from notes, and thus tend towards being brief, and not particularly vivid. After 1683, though, quite a bit of fun to read. I enjoyed this diary as much as I did Pepys'. ...more
Jonathan
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Blehhhhh. Go away Evelyn.
Bill
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved the three years I spent with John Evelyn and his lengthy diary. But poor John Evelyn — polymath, public citizen (and official), friend to kings and scientists, but destined always to be second fiddle to his friend Samuel Pepys in the 17th century diarist derby. Pepys is the one who is (sometimes) still read, and still frequently cited whenever the English Restoration era is mentioned. Where Evelyn was a pious man and a devoted Royalist, Pepys was scurrilous and a political skeptic, makin ...more
Jane Routley
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
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He's not as much fun as Pepys, but I really enjoyed his account of Peter the Great. Not a good house guest the Russian Tsar. ...more
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John Evelyn was an English writer, gardener and diarist.

Evelyn's diaries or Memoirs are largely contemporaneous with those of the other noted diarist of the time, Samuel Pepys, and cast considerable light on the art, culture and politics of the time (he witnessed the deaths of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell, the last Great Plague of London, and the Great Fire of London in 1666). Over the years, Eve
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