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pepys diary: leagues of crafty and unruly gentlemen

There were rumors that he might succeed William Coventry as James’s secretary, and it is strange that he did not. Much lesser men, like Sir Joseph Williamson, took the short step from the civil service into government. But Pepys had … Continue reading

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pepys: finally, a man of fame…

Samuel Pepys’s diary of the 1660′s, Restoration England at its baddest and bawdiest. Human nature has not changed that much… Not until then did any member of the Navy Board think of going downriver. On Wednesday, June 12, 1666, the … Continue reading

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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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pepys: tangled up in hues

By now the plague was raging in London. It was an endemic disease appearing in London most summers, with varying severity. The seriousness of this particular outbreak was not appreciated until it had nearly reached its height, and even then, … Continue reading

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the restoration in shorthand

“Diligence,” Pepys reflected one morning while lying in bed, was the key to his success: “living as I do among so many lazy people… the diligent man becomes necessary … they cannot do anything without him.” The “lazy” were the … Continue reading

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pepys: mad hatters and shitten fools

There was nothing quite like Samuel Pepys account of Restoration England. The charm of the diary lies not in the information it contains, but in its total unself-consciousness and its absolute frankness. In Pepys diary we had sex, scandals, fires, … Continue reading

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pepys: royal ambivalence

Samuel Pepys’s diary: the long and the short and curlies of Restoration England in all its glories of sex, scandal,fires, plagues, naval disasters and marital discords. His diary spared no one, least of all, himself…. The general informality of government … Continue reading

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A world of bygones

The world of Samuel Pepys. There is nothing quite like his account of Restoration England. Sex, Sundays, and Scandals; fires,plagues, and office politics; naval disasters and marital discords- his diary told all and spared no one, including himself… To the … Continue reading

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the era of ages

The world of Samuel Pepys. There is nothing quite like his account of Restoration England. Sex. Sundays, and scandals; fires, plagues, and office politics; naval disasters and marital discords- his diary told all and spared no one, including himself… The … Continue reading

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