The Illustrated Pepys: Extracts from the Diary

The Illustrated Pepys Extracts from the Diary With his unquenchable joy in life and his endless curiosity Pepys is the perfect diarist for the general reader In his pages the public events of London in the s the politics of the Restoration

  • Title: The Illustrated Pepys: Extracts from the Diary
  • Author: Samuel Pepys Robert Latham
  • ISBN: 9780520036338
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • With his unquenchable joy in life and his endless curiosity, Pepys is the perfect diarist for the general reader In his pages the public events of London in the 1660s the politics of the Restoration, the Dutch War, the Plague, the Great Fire are interwoven with a richly diverting account of his colourful private life Perhaps no one else in the whole of English historWith his unquenchable joy in life and his endless curiosity, Pepys is the perfect diarist for the general reader In his pages the public events of London in the 1660s the politics of the Restoration, the Dutch War, the Plague, the Great Fire are interwoven with a richly diverting account of his colourful private life Perhaps no one else in the whole of English history has transmitted his experience so vividly to posterity.Pepys s diary has long been recognized as the most remarkable diary in the English language, but it has been impossible until our own day to print it as he wrote it Very little scholarly work had been done on it, and legal restrictions prevented the publication of its frankest passages, in which Pepys describes his vigorous love life In 1960, however, two scholars set to work afresh on a study of the manuscript the late Professor William Matthews, the leading expert on the shorthand in which the diary was written, and Robert Latham, an authority on the history of the period Together they worked out a new version of the text which was published in 9 volumes, making Pepys available to the public in full for the first time.This edition lavishly illustrated from a wealth of contemporary material is meant for the reader who will welcome the chance of having a representative selection It contains about one twelfth of the original 1,300,000 words and is so designed that the flavour and variety of the original is retained.

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    1. Samuel Pepys Robert Latham

      Samuel Pepys was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, who is now most famous for his diary Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under King James II His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalization of the Royal Navy.The detailed private diary he kept during 1660 1669 was first published in the nineteenth century, and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London.His surname is usually pronounced pi ps peeps.

    664 thoughts on “The Illustrated Pepys: Extracts from the Diary”

    1. Loved it! What a dirty, cheating little man. Every time he slips into French, Italian or Latin, you just know he's had a sneaky encoutner with a woman who isn't his long-suffering wife! Typcially, she becomes a little friendly with her dance teacher and Sam's on the rampage! Really conjours up late C17th London. Great fun.


    2. Pepys' diary only covers 9.5 years, from 1st January 1660 when he was 26, to 31st May 1669 when he was having so much trouble with his eyes that he decided he couldn't write any more, but it still amounts to 9 volumes in the complete edition. That makes this edition perfect for anybody who wouldn't want to read the whole diary but wants to get a flavour of Pepys's life and times.The great thing about Pepys is the way that he mixes the politics of his work with remarkably open confessions about t [...]


    3. Great insight into life at the time etc etc. Fleshed out my vague impressions of what the great fire and plague must have been like with day to day practicalities, and learning about the workings of the monarchy, parliament and navy (particularly during the Dutch war) from a similar perspective was unexpectedly interesting. This is balanced nicely by moments of slapstick comedy relief, such as Pepys setting fire to his wig on a candle behind him and wondering what the burning smell is. Good stuf [...]


    4. This book lved up to its reputation as one of the finest diaries in the Englsh language. It is a glimpse of everyday life in late seventeenth century England, with an insider view of the royal court, and the building of the Royal Navy. Pepys was famously badly behaved, and his triumphs and amorous defeats are detailed here as well (originally in code). The most vivid episode for me was when, with the Great Fire of London, he buried his gold to save it, then had trouble finding it once again! It [...]


    5. I have the whole set of Samuel Pepys diaries plus this extracted version- the Robert Latham series and I enjoy it immensely. It's a great way to enjoy life in London in the 1660's and the advent of what we would recognize as a middle class person enjoying life in a metropolis with coffee houses and restaurants and investment opportunities as well as the opportunity for extra marital romance and scientific lectures.


    6. I started this awhile ago, set it aside, and have returned again, with pleasure. If you'd like a first-hand and often humorous glimpse into life in the 17th century, you'll enjoy getting to know Samuel Pepys.



    7. This is a private journal from the mid 1600s of an upper level Navy administrator from his late 20s to his mid 30s. It's interesting to see a "real world" glimpse back in time. It was made more interesting since he was writing during the plague and the fire of London.




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