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Like time travel!
on 16 January 2015
Reading this book is like being able to travel back in time and really experience the life of the people of that period.
Basically the 'mundane' life he leads is not unlike our modern day ones.
He gets up, eats, goes to his office, eats out, goes back to work, works long hours, eats and goes to bed.
Weekends he and his wife go to church in the morning and again in the afternoon and either visit friends and family (which he visits a lot in the week too) or goes back home. He worries about money and cash flow, he loves his wife, he hates his wife's little yappy dog that messes in the house, he gets drunk sometimes, entertainment is singing and playing on the various musical instruments he owns on his own or with friends and family.
Of real interest is that he writes at a time when Parliament is arranging to bring the King back from exile in Holland and Pepys, working for the Admiralty Office, is heavily involved in the arrangement of sending a fleet of ships in order to do this. He also writes about the gossip in the halls of Parliament regarding the King coming 'home' and about what the man on the street actually felt about this situation as England appears to be in limbo for not all are ready to be Royalists yet and still a lot of people have old Puritan values.
He mentions that some people are amazed at church services by the bishops dressed in their vulgar finery (Puritans of course didn't have bishops nor would tolerate vulgar displays of dress).
But as his diary is a personal one, much of the book just details his every day life (as you'd expect), which I have to say was very very busy. He comes over as an incredibly humble man and as he rises up the ranks he remains level headed and grateful for his good fortune.