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The Diary... A new and complete transcription. Volume V: 1664. [Hardcover]

Samuel Pepys , Robert Latham , William Matthews
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Nov 1971
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Excerpt: ... DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS. January 1st, 1662-3. Lay with my wife at my Lord's lodgings, where I have been these two nights, till 1o o'clock with great pleasure talking, then I rose and to White Hall, where I spent a little time walking among the courtiers, which I perceive I shall be able to do with great confidence, being now beginning to be pretty well known among them. Then to my wife again, and found Mrs. Sarah with us in the chamber we lay in. Among other discourse, Mrs. Sarah tells us how the King sups at least four or [five] times every week with my Lady Castlemaine; and most often stays till the morning with her, and goes home through the garden all alone privately, and that so as the very centrys take notice of it and speak of it. She tells me, that about a month ago she [Lady Castelmaine] quickened at my Lord Gerard's1 at dinner, and cried out that she was undone; and all the lords and men were fain to quit the room, and women called to help her. In fine, I find that there is nothing almost 1 Charles Gerard, son of Sir Charles Gerard, created Baron Gerard of Brandon by Charles I., November 8th, 1645, raised a regiment of foot and a troop of horse, and distinguished himself in the king's service during the Civil Wars. He was a gentleman of the King's Bedchamber to Charles II., and captain of the Life Guards. Created Earl of Macclesfield, July 23rd, 1679. His wife, mentioned subsequently, was Jane de Civell, daughter of Pierre de Civell (equerry to Queen Henrietta Maria). He died January 7th, 1694. Not long after this Charles II. affronted Lady Gerard, probably at the instigation of Lady Castlemaine (see March 7th, 1662-63). VOL. III. I but bawdry at Court from top to bottom, as, if it were fit, I could instance, but it is not necessary; only they say my Lord Chesterfield,1 groo...
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  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: G.Bell (Nov 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071351664X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713516647
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Pepys] was not only Charles II's chief naval administrator, but a keen amateur of learning and an indefatigable enthusiast of politics, music, theater, women, life. He sets down his daily experience with a journalist's eye for detail, something of a novelist's sensitivity and, since he is writing for himself, a delightful frankness."--"Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert Latham was Pepys Librarian at Magdalene College, Cambridge. In addition to editing the eleven volumes of The Diary of Samuel Pepys, he was the editor of the acclaimed Shorter Pepys (1985) and A Pepys Anthology (1988), both published by University of California Press. William Matthews was Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As the most famous "alive at the time" eye witness commentator of 17th Century life and times Pepys writes in a style which is easily understood by the modern reader whilst still retaining all the stilt and nuance of the Stuart times. 1664 was not a famous year; The Great Fire of London and the Plague were still to come - but it was an important year for Samuel. He records his earnings breaching the important 1000 barrier something he aspired to and signified to him that he had really "arrived" in 17C London. If you want scandal and gossip this book has got it (as in the "towsing" of 'Mrs' Lane!), if you want tragedy and human drama then read about his Brother dying and the problems it causes not least because of the secret love child he left behind.
Samuel Pepys never fails to demonstrate that human emotions have changed little in over three hundred years and that even a giant amongst men such as himself still has qualities that betray his humanity in an entertaining and absorbing way.
This is book 5 in a series of 10 utterly consuming books on the times just after England's Civil War. Samuel Pepys knew (and was known to) King Charles II by sight and experienced if not influenced many important events of the time.
Anyone who really wants to know this era of English history should read his works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still collecting! 18 Jan 2014
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Yet another volume to add to my growing collection of Pepys, Always a good read. Again arrived promptly in good condition, why buy any other way?
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the definitive edition of Pepys' Diary! 24 Sep 1999
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This is the best edition of Samuel Pepy's Diary and is hugely enjoyable to read. It takes you into the world of a 17th century yuppie par excellance with all his faults and virtues. The scholarship is first rate, meticulous and rigorous and the footnotes add enormously to the interest of the diary. The introductory essays are also first rate and I want the whole set of all 12 volumes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, vivid account of 17th Century London 9 July 2001
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Samuel Pepys must certainly be the most candid of diarists, and the most aware of his time and place. He makes no effort to hide his flaws, nor his accomplishments. We learn about court intrigue, food, household management, plays, the foibles of kings, taverns, music, the navy, architecture, preachers, marriage, family relationships...the man was open to the world around him in an unbelievable way, and conveys it all with zest. It is absolutely enthralling.
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