Samuel Pepys

I find myself fascinated by The Illustrated Pepys, a version of Samuel Pepys’s diary that includes some period illustrations. It’s really quite fascinating to get such a direct look into such a bygone time. The writing is easy and informal, and goes by quickly yet vividly. It helps that the time was so interesting: the Great Fire, the Plague, the end of Cromwell, the beginning of modern science (Hooke shows up, although I’ve seen no mention of Newton), war with the Dutch, etc.

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