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Historical Treasure Trove, yes; easily readable, no!,
This review is from: The Diary of John Evelyn (Hardcover)
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.