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The diary of John Evelyn; (reign of Charles II). [Paperback]

John Evelyn
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19 May 2012
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 Excerpt: ...stock (tho' some pretend it was Lord Ashley's counsel, then Chancellor of the Exchequer), was so over confident of the successe of this unworthy designe against the Smyrna merchants, as to put his Majesty on an action which not onely lost the hearts of his subjects, and ruined many widdows and orphans whose stocks were lent him, but the reputation of his Exchequer for ever, it being before in such credit, that he might have commanded halfe the wealth of the Nation. The credit of this bank being thus broken did exceedingly discontent the people, and never did his Majestys affairs prosper to any purpose after it, for as it did not supply the expence of the meditated war, so it mealted away, I know not how. To this succeeded the King's declaration for an universal tolleration; Papists and swarms of Sectaries now boldly shewing themselves in their publiq meetings. This was imputed to the same council, Clifford warping to Home as was believ'd, nor was Lord Arlington cleare of suspicion, to gratifie that party, but as since it has prov d, and was then evidently foreseen, to the extreame weakening the Church of England and its Episcopal Government, as 'twas projected. I speak not this as my own sense, but what was the discourse and thoughts of others who were lookers on; for 1 think there might be some relaxations without tiu least prejudice to the present establishment, discreetlj limited, but to let go the reines in this manner, and then to imagine they could take them up againe ai easily, was a false politiq and greately destructive. The truth is, our Bishops slip'd the occasion, for had they held a steady hand upon his Majesty's restauration, as they might easily have don, the Church of England had emerg'd and flonrish'd without interruption; but they were the...

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (19 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1236255682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1236255686
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,612,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evelyn's social life, his contacts with public figures, his accounts of the Royal Society, his personal reflections, his comments on current events... his playgoing (of Hamlet he writes `but now the old playe began to disgust this refined age') - all these are here in full. For those who go to Evelyn for his literary qualities and his picture of his life and times, this is a well made selection, excellently presented. (Austin Woolrych) HISTORY The diary's record of Evelyn's own life and that of his family, and the entries giving his comments on current events and on the great and good of his day...are what most readers are likely to value in the diary, and this readable volume should therefore serve its purpose well. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Introduced by Sir Roy Strong. The Everyman edition of John Evelyn's Diary is published to coincide with the tercentenary of Evelyn's death in 1706. There is no other edition currently in print. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By TonyW
The introduction to this book warned me - it is not as immediately readable as Pepys, with less personal material or description of the diarist's feelings. But given that this diary was written for all to see, as opposed to Pepys' who encoded his diary, this is understandable. What Evelyn's diary does wellis fill in a lot about the viewpoints and detailed history of the Seventeenth century in England. It has a comprehensive time-line at the front, and a useful mini-bio of the main characters at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diary of John Evelyn 10 Nov 2010
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I gave this book to my husband to go with another book about John Evelyn's trees, and have found it of great interest to dip into myself. It gives such an immediate insight into a period both of great change and instability (the 2nd half of the 17th century) but also of exciting scientific and geographical discoveries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long, hard read but worth it 31 Jan 2013
By Malyn
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As first hand history over a vast period of time from 1620 to 1705, John Evelyn's diary is a must for serious historians of this period. Evelyn was at the cutting edge of 17th century technology being a member of the Royal Society and working with such people as Christopher Wren after the Great Fire. A staunch royalist, and a deeply religious Anglican, Evelyn writes of King Charles and his mistresses, wars with France and Holland, the plague, smallpox, infant mortality and the text of every sermon he attends throughout his life. I intended to skip through the Diary but found myself wanting to read more about John Evelyn and his large family and one particular lady he appeared to like more than he should as a married man. Although Evelyn and Samuel Pepys were friends their diaries are not written from the same perspective. Pepys' Diary is a record of his own deeds and feelings and is much more readable. Evelyn's is a chronicle of the age in which he lived politically and socially.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for history schollers 30 Jun 2014
By Rich
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A really interesting book going back centuries. really fascination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific source for the 17th Century 2 Feb 1999
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John Evelyn's diary is a wonderful source-book for 17th Century England. It covers far more of the period than Peyps' diary (but is a little drier!)and gives a comprehensive picture of life in those turbulent times. Guy de la Bedoyere has done a fine job of editing this diary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as spicy as Pepys 26 Jun 2002
By Judith C. Kinney - Published on Amazon.com
Evelyn is very different from Pepys, whom he knew. Unlike Pepys, Evelyn was a strait-laced fellow, so we get no juicy stories of his amours. He hardly speaks of his wife and consequently never mentions any arguments they might have had. He tells few personal anecdotes. He also has little to say about the great plague year or the great fire of London. Pepys gives a lot more detail on these subjects.
What he does deal with rather extensively are the meetings of the Royal Society, of which he was a member. It was hard for me to get excited about these. Nevertheless, it is good to have this book available.
4.0 out of 5 stars A reliable source of information of the aristocracic and learned elite during the Restoration of of King Charles II if 11 Nov 2013
By cleta hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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Personal experiences bring the past closer to us.. Historians and novelists depend on and build on them for their books.. It's more fun for me when I can get the details from the Horse's mouth, I had read too many literary allusions to John Evelyn Diaries not to finally give in to ordering his Diary. Unfortunately this was his last one, so the many footnotes that referred to earlier Diary incidents were lost on me, I knew of course the historical background of King Charles II and the Restoration period and some of the names associated with his Court, but too many of the footnotes were above my radar. Evelyn is best for factual reporting, for he is too upright in character to allow himself to be considered gossipy or amusing.
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