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The Shorter Pepys Unknown Binding – 1985
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Pepys recounts everything, from discussions with King Charles ll and his brother, the Duke of York, future King James ll, to matters of his health, some of them - many of them - which would be treated these days at his nearest G.U.I. clinic.
There are descriptions of meals, pretty much on a daily basis, his attempts to economise by first not going to the theatre at all - to which he was virtually addicted - then allowing himself one play per month. Similarly, the attempt to stop drinking wine, which he managed and declared himself to feel much the better for it, rings as loud and clear to us now - me, certainly - as it did to him.
Pepys was a bit of a rogue when it comes to his morals. He adored his wife but missed no opportunity to fool around on the side. He was wildly jealous, going through agonies if he had to go somewhere out of London, leaving his wife at home., imagining her receiving gentleman callers. He makes a monumental fool of himself and is not at all reticent about admitting it, with the jealous suspicion that one of the regulars at church spends the whole service eyeing up Mrs Pepys. One Sunday he even insists they skip church because he believes this fellow will be there.Read more ›
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Maybe I picked the wrong chapters to read but I found it boring after a while.Pepys seemed mainly to record and describe meeting people,eating and going to the theatre - and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by A L.
My wife loved this book. Very atmospheric and historic, taking you back in time. well written and presented.Published 23 months ago by MG
I wanted a n edited version of the diaries having seen them referred to in many other books about this period. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2014 by Sue