Tag Archives: Restoration of Charles II

fire! and “a very fearful stink”

Samuel Pepys diary. There is nothing quite like his account of Restoration England in all its gaudy excess of sex, scandal, fire and plague… The final blow to English morale was the Great Fire of London, which razed most of … Continue reading

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Disasters of the day: plague and fire

The Great Plague spread slowly over London during the late spring of 1665. It was not until June 7 that Samuel Pepys first saw the dread quarantine sign: ‚ÄúThis day, much against my will, I did in Drury Lane see … Continue reading

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The king and his ladies

Samuel Pepys diaries gave us a view of the English Restoration unlike any other. It was the work of a slightly demented genius who described sex, Sundays, scandals, fires, plagues, office politics and marital discords in a manner that spared … Continue reading

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pepys: the not so merry monarchy

Samuel Pepys diaries. There is nothing quite like his account of Restoration England. London observed, London at work and London at play… Pepys could listen avidly enough to accounts of the dissipated life at court. – of the amorous alarms … Continue reading

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according to hoyle: dicing on the card sharpers

In Las Vegas, the hotel windows are always locked to prevent jumping. Samuel Pepy’s was one of the first to articulate the phenomenon, calling it “deep gaming”, a kind of instinct deep rooted based on the idea, counter to Einstein, … Continue reading

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HOW TO STEAL SCEPTER & ORB: THANK OFFERINGS OF THE CURIOUS

Here lies the man who boldly hath run through More villainles than England ever knew; And ne’er to any friend he had was true. Here let him then by all unpitied lie, And let’s rejoice his time was come to … Continue reading

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KING WITHOUT A CROWN

Kings had been killed before, had been murdered openly and in secret; but Charles I was the first ruling sovereign to be brought to trial by his own people, condemned, and executed while still being King. The trial of Charles … Continue reading

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