The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

Author: Margaret Willes

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300221398

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 6851

"Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn vividly reveal in their diaries and correspondence the world of Restoration England. Now Margaret Willes uses the analogy of a cabinet of curiosities to provide a detailed account not only of the two friends but also of their times. Pepys was down to earth and realistic, while Evelyn was a genteel aesthete, but, brought together by their work to help distressed sailors, they developed a long and close friendship. This was enriched by their mutual interest in all aspects of science, in travel and exploration at a time when the known world was rapidly expanding, and their love of books. Above all, they shared an inexhaustible curiosity. Both were on personal terms with the King and his ministers, and leading figures of the scientific, artistic and mercantile communities, so that they provide a very personal portrait of a friendship sustained through a time of war, catastrophe and revolution."--Provided by publisher.
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The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

Author: Margaret Willes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300238686

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 6619

An intimate portrait of two pivotal Restoration figures during one of the most dramatic periods of English history Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn are two of the most celebrated English diarists. They were also extraordinary men and close friends. This first full portrait of that friendship transforms our understanding of their times. Pepys was earthy and shrewd, while Evelyn was a genteel aesthete, but both were drawn to intellectual pursuits. Brought together by their work to alleviate the plight of sailors caught up in the Dutch wars, they shared an inexhaustible curiosity for life and for the exotic. Willes explores their mutual interests--diary-keeping, science, travel, and a love of books--and their divergent enthusiasms, Pepys for theater and music, Evelyn for horticulture and garden design. Through the richly documented lives of two remarkable men, Willes revisits the history of London and of England in an age of regicide, revolution, fire, and plague to reveal it also as a time of enthralling possibility.
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John Evelyn

Living for Ingenuity

Author: Gillian Darley

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300112276

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 382

View: 2076

"This new biography ... is the first to make full use of Evelyn's huge unpublished archive deposited at the British Library in 1995. This crucial source evokes a broader and richer picture of Evelyn, his life and his friendships, than permitted by his own celebrated diaries."--Dust jacket.
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Reading Matters

Five Centuries of Discovering Books

Author: Margaret Willes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 295

View: 5807

It is easy to forget in our own day of cheap paperbacks and mega-bookstores that, until very recently, books were luxury items. Those who could not afford to buy had to borrow, share, obtain secondhand, inherit, or listen to others reading. This book examines how people acquired and read books from the sixteenth century to the present, focusing on the personal relationships between readers and the volumes they owned. Margaret Willes considers a selection of private and public libraries across the period—most of which have survived—showing the diversity of book owners and borrowers, from country-house aristocrats to modest farmers, from Regency ladies of leisure to working men and women. Exploring the collections of avid readers such as Samuel Pepys, Thomas Jefferson, Sir John Soane, Thomas Bewick, and Denis and Edna Healey, Margaret Willes also investigates the means by which books were sold, lending fascinating insights into the ways booksellers and publishers marketed their wares. For those who are interested in books and reading, and especially those who treasure books, this book and its bounty of illustrations will inform, entertain, and inspire.
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The Illustrated Pepys

Extracts from the Diary

Author: Samuel Pepys

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520051133

Category: Authors, English

Page: 240

View: 595

The social life and customs of 17th Century England are vividly portrayed in these extracts from the diary of Samuel Pepys.
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The Gardens of the British Working Class

Author: Margaret Willes

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300206259

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 5754

This magnificently illustrated people’s history celebrates the extraordinary feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even if the land they toiled, planted, and loved was not their own. Spanning more than four centuries, from the earliest records of the laboring classes in the country to today, Margaret Willes's research unearths lush gardens nurtured outside rough workers’ cottages and horticultural miracles performed in blackened yards, and reveals the ingenious, sometimes devious, methods employed by determined, obsessive, and eccentric workers to make their drab surroundings bloom. She also explores the stories of the great philanthropic industrialists who provided gardens for their workforces, the fashionable rich stealing the gardening ideas of the poor, alehouse syndicates and fierce rivalries between vegetable growers, flower-fanciers cultivating exotic blooms on their city windowsills, and the rich lore handed down from gardener to gardener through generations. This is a sumptuous record of the myriad ways in which the popular cultivation of plants, vegetables, and flowers has played—and continues to play—an integral role in everyday British life.
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Transformations of Love

The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin

Author: Frances Harris

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191514411

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

View: 7382

The most controversial episode in the life of the seventeenth-century virtuoso and diarist John Evelyn has always been his passionate, complex friendship with the Restoration maid of honour Margaret Blagge, afterwards Mrs Godolphin. His 'Life of Mrs Godolphin', written after her early death in childbirth, exalted the friendship and represented her as effectively a saint. They saw their intense friendship as platonic spiritual mentoring. Yet it is sometimes argued that what took place between them was actually a kind of seduction on Evelyn's part; that far from trying to overcome her religious scruples about marriage to a young man she deeply loved, as he afterwards claimed, he secretly encouraged them in order to keep her in his power, and even falsified some documents to conceal this from her husband, whose patronage he sought. Was Evelyn in his way as much a sexual predator as the Restoration rakes he professed to despise, or does the episode provide a window on an unexplored aspect of early modern spirituality? Undoubtedly there was more to the friendship than Evelyn publicly admitted, but it remains a puzzle still to be interpreted. This new study is based on Evelyn's papers, now fully accessible for the first time, and on important and hitherto unknown correspondence between Margaret Blagge and her future husband. It situates the episode fully within the pre- and post-Reformation debates concerning marriage and friendship (the latter seen by some as 'more a sacrament' than marriage) and the long traditions of platonic love and intense friendships between men and women in religious contexts. Its diverse and vividly realized settings include the glamorous, disreputable public household of the Restoration court and the great gardens of the day, at once 'little worlds' in microcosm and recreations of paradise on earth.
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Samuel Pepys and His Books

Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703

Author: Kate Loveman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198732686

Category: Books and reading

Page: 308

View: 9889

Samuel Pepys is one of the most well-known figures of the seventeenth century as a result of the tremendously detailed, lively diary he kept in the 1660s. This book uses Pepys's diary together with his unpublished papers and other contemporary sources to investigate reading and information exchange in the seventeenth century. In the process, it offers new discoveries about Pepys's life and about social, literary, and political change during a dramatic period ofEnglish history. As well as being of major interest to researchers on seventeenth-century literature and history, it is also designed to be intriguing and useful to undergraduates taking early modernliterature and history modules, and to members of the public with an interest in learning more about Pepys and his time.
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The Making of the English Gardener

Plants, Books and Inspiration, 1550-1660

Author: Margaret Willes

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300165331

Category: Gardening

Page: 336

View: 331

In the century between the accession of Elizabeth I and the restoration of Charles II, a horticultural revolution took place in England, making it a leading player in the European horticultural game. Ideas were exchanged across networks of gardeners, botanists, scholars, and courtiers, and the burgeoning vernacular book trade spread this new knowledge still further--reaching even the growing number of gardeners furnishing their more modest plots across the verdant nation and its young colonies in the Americas. Margaret Willes introduces a plethora of garden enthusiasts, from the renowned to the legions of anonymous workers who created and tended the great estates. Packed with illustrations from the herbals, design treatises, and practical manuals that inspired these men--and occasionally women--Willes's book enthrallingly charts how England's garden grew.
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Clouds

The Biography of a Country House

Author: Caroline Dakers

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300057768

Category: Architecture

Page: 278

View: 7493

This book is essentially a study of British aristocratic and artistic patronage of the arts in the under-explored period after 1850, approached through an intensive look at a single house - Clouds, known as the house of the age. It was built by the glamorous and unconventionally gifted Percy and Madeline Wyndham, and designed by Philip Webb, one of Britain's greatest architects. It became one of the centres of artistic and political life in late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain, and set the style for a whole generation of country house living. Dakers recreates the atmosphere and the lives lived in the house, the personalities of its three generations of Wyndham owners, and the succession of distinguished guests drawn to it - Henry James, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Kipling, Whistler and Lord Alfred Douglas, amongst many others. She tracks the decline in the tradition of aristocratic patronage through a decline in the fortunes of Clouds itself - by the 1930s, the palace of art was a vast white elephant, and the house was sold to an institution, its treasures dispersed and its structure dynamited into a more usable space.
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Gainsborough

A Portrait

Author: James Hamilton

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 1474600530

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 5120

** Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times, Sunday Times and Observer ** 'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times 'Brings one of the very greatest [artists] vividly to life' Literary Review Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose libidinous way of speaking, writing and behaving that shocked many deeply. He would be dynamite in polite society today. In this exhilarating new biography - the first in decades - James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his art in the shadow of Hogarth; falling on his feet when he married a duke's daughter with a handsome private income; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio; the charming and amusing friend of George III and Queen Charlotte who nevertheless kept clear of the aristocratic embrace. There has been much art history written about this chameleon of art, but with fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.
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The Diary of Samuel Pepys ...

For the First Time Fully Transcribed from the Shorthand Manuscript in the Pepysian Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge

Author: Samuel Pepys,Mynors Bright,Richard Griffin Baron Braybrooke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

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Spitalfields

The History of a Nation in a Handful of Streets

Author: Dan Cruickshank

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448164567

Category: History

Page: 784

View: 9139

SHORTLISTED FOR THE HESSELL-TILTMAN HISTORY PRIZE 2017 AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016 Religious strife, civil conflict, waves of immigration, the rise and fall of industry, great prosperity and grinding poverty – the handful of streets that constitute modern Spitalfields have witnessed all this and much more. In Spitalfields, one of Britain's best-loved historians tells the stories of the streets he has lived in for four decades. Starting in Roman times and continuing right up to the present day, Cruickshank explains how Spitalfields' streets evolved, what people have lived there, and what lives they have led. En route, he discovers the tales of the Huguenot weavers who made Spitalfields their own after the Great Fire of London. He recounts the experiences of the first Jewish immigrants. He evokes the slum-ridden courts and alleys of Jack the Ripper's Spitalfields. And he describes the transformation of the Spitalfields he first encountered in the 1970s from a war-damaged collection of semi-derelict houses to the vibrant community it is today. This is a fascinating evocation of one of London's most distinctive districts. At the same time, it is a history of England in miniature.
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The Time Traveler's Guide to Restoration Britain: A Handbook for Visitors to the Seventeenth Century: 1660-1699

Author: Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1681774003

Category: History

Page: 416

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The past is another country – this is your guidebook, from nationally bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England. Imagine you could see the smiles of the people mentioned in Samuel Pepys’s diary, hear the shouts of market traders, and touch their wares. How would you find your way around? Where would you stay? What would you wear? Where might you be suspected of witchcraft? Where would you be welcome? This is an up-close-and-personal look at Britain between the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660 and the end of the century. The last witch is sentenced to death just two years before Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica, the bedrock of modern science, is published. Religion still has a severe grip on society and yet some—including the king—flout every moral convention they can find. There are great fires in London and Edinburgh; the plague disappears; a global trading empire develops. Over these four dynamic decades, the last vestiges of medievalism are swept away and replaced by a tremendous cultural flowering. Why are half the people you meet under the age of twenty-one? What is considered rude? And why is dueling so popular? Mortimer delves into the nuances of daily life to paint a vibrant and detailed picture of society at the dawn of the modern world as only he can.
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The Dark Side of Samuel Pepys

Society's First Sex Offender

Author: Geoffrey Pimm

Publisher: Pen & Sword History

ISBN: 9781526717290

Category:

Page: 184

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Samuel Pepys is popularly known as the founder of the modern navy, a member of the Royal Society and most of all, as a unique and frank diarist. Less well known is the fact that he was a serial sexual offender by modern standards; a voyeur, a groper and a rapist. Set against the London society of Charles II's restoration, and extensively using Pepys' own words, this book concerns his numerous extramarital affairs, often using his professional status and position of influence to advance the careers of his subordinates, in return for the sexual favors of their wives. With his own very frank descriptions, translated from the strange mix of languages and the seventeenth century shorthand he used to camouflage the content, the reader witnesses in often very graphic detail how Pepys set about achieving his lascivious objectives - on occasion resorting to physical force where persuasion or bribery failed. Whether she be wife, daughter, mother or humble maidservant, no woman was safe from his rapacious sexual appetite. This book shows the reader a little known, dark and sometimes very disturbing aspect of Samuel Pepys' character, one which even in his own day, he would not have wanted to be publicly aired.
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Directions for the Gardiner

And Other Horticultural Advice

Author: John Evelyn,Maggie Campbell-Culver

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199232075

Category: Gardening

Page: 310

View: 5997

A unique edition of three gardening manuals, Directions for the Gardiner, the Kalendarium Hortense, a monthly guide to the gardening year, and Acetaria, on salad crops and their preparation for the table, this book offers a glimpse into our gardening past and is a charming companion for garden lovers everywhere.
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Collecting the World

The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane

Author: James Delbourgo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780718194437

Category:

Page: 544

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Hans Sloane was the greatest collector of his time, and one of the greatest of all time. His name is familiar today through the London streets and squares named after him, but the man himself, and his achievements, are almost forgotten. Born in the north of Ireland, Sloane made his fortune as a physician to London's wealthiest residents. In 1687 he travelled to Jamaica, then at the heart of Britain's commercial empire, to survey its natural history, and later organised a network of correspondents who sent him curiosities from across the world. He became one of the eighteenth century's preeminent natural historians and assembled an astonishing collection of specimens, artefacts and oddities - the most famous curiosity cabinet of the age. Shortly after his death, Sloane's vast collection was then acquired - as he had hoped - by the nation. It became the nucleus of the world's first national public museum, the British Museum. This is the first biography of Sloane in over sixty years and the first based on his surviving collections. Early modern science and collecting are shown to be global endeavours intertwined with empire and slavery but which nonetheless produced one of the great public institutions of the Enlightenment, as the cabinet of curiosities gave way to the encyclopaedic museum. Collecting the Worlddescribes this pivotal moment in the emergence of modern knowledge, and brings this totemic figure back to life.
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Samuel Pepys

Plague, Fire, Revolution

Author: Margarette Lincoln,Claire Tomalin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500518144

Category:

Page: 288

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This book, published to coincide with a major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, centres on Samuel Pepys (1633 1703), the famous diarist and the greatest administrator of the Stuart Age. Not only a passionate diarist, Pepys was also a prolific correspondent who lived through and wrote about all the key events and leading individuals of his time: the Restoration of Charles II, the Great Plague, the Fire of London, the raid of the Dutch fleet in the river Medway, the King's mistresses. Through a series of essays by leading experts, this publication reveals the rich diversity of his career and interests - from the theatre, to advances in science and development of the Royal Navy. His life was so utterly entwined with the extraordinary period he lived through - he was even a witness to the beheading of Charles I - that the book becomes a portrait of the age. Each chapter has two or three essays followed by discussion of specific objects and paintings.
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