26.7.10

DIARIES

Interesting article on the BBC website about
Samuel Pepys who's diaries captured my
favourite time in the history of London,
the 17th century including the fascinating
period round the Great Fire of 1666.

It is 350 years since one of the UK's most famous
diarists put pen to paper. But what was
Samuel Pepys really like? And why did this
modest clerk become so celebrated?

Readers love him for how he brings to life
everything from his latest evening's boozing
with his fellow clerks, his first "cupp"of the
new drink, tea; his constant arguments
with his wife and his Carry-on capers,
seemingly with almost
every woman in sight.


"He has the sort of curiosity that illuminates
everything it shines on," says the National
Maritime Museum's Quintin Colville. "He's
a lover of music, he's a lover of sex, he's a
lover of administration, he's a lover of
literature, he's a lover of science."


Having read the diaries myself I can recommend
them to anyone curious about the history of
not only London but that whole period.
They make an interesting and occasionally
laugh out loud funny read.


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