The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn
The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

Margaret Willes
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An intimate portrait of two pivotal Restoration figures during one of the most dramatic periods of English history
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An intimate portrait of two pivotal Restoration figures during one of the most dramatic periods of English history

Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn are two of the most celebrated English diarists. They were also extraordinary men and close friends. This first full portrait of that friendship transforms our understanding of their times.

Pepys was earthy and shrewd, while Evelyn was a genteel aesthete, but both were drawn to intellectual pursuits. Brought together by their work to alleviate the plight of sailors caught up in the Dutch wars, they shared an inexhaustible curiosity for life and for the exotic. Willes explores their mutual interests-diary-keeping, science, travel, and a love of books-and their divergent enthusiasms, Pepys for theater and music, Evelyn for horticulture and garden design. Through the richly documented lives of two remarkable men, Willes revisits the history of London and of England in an age of regicide, revolution, fire, and plague to reveal it also as a time of enthralling possibility.

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ISBN 9780300221398
Publisher Yale University Press
Format Hardback
Pages 304
Publication date 1 August 2017

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