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"Inside Pepys' London" reveals a vivid picture of London at a critical point in history - poised to become a major centre of international commerce and culture. It provides accounts of all aspects of contemporary life, from the arts and entertainment, to politics and religion. Though no king or great general, thanks to his diary Samuel Pepys is one of the most interesting characters in history. His life encompassed happenings of huge historical and human impact - the execution of Charles I and the Great Fire of London to name but two. This book takes Pepys' diary, which he kept almost daily from 1660-1669, as its central resource, but also includes a range of other contemporary sources to provide a fascinating and vivid picture of the times.
Jonathan Bastable is a renowned writer and journalist. He began his career as a feature writer for The Sunday Times and has contributed to the foreign pages of The Sunday Times, The Scotsman and Time Out. He is the author of a number of books including Voices from D-Day (D&C 2004) and Amazing and Extraordinary Facts: British Prime Ministers Jonathan lives in Brighton.
Introduction; 1 Before the diary; 2 Walking with kings; 3 Plague and fire; 4 War on the water; 5 London entertainments; 6 The restoration of sex; 7 The new science; 8 One true faith; 9 Home and hearth; 10 Books and bookmen; 11 After the diary; Chronology; Bibliography and sources; Index.
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