The curious world of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

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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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display_description "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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subject_facet Cabinet officers -- Great Britain -- Biography, Diarists -- Great Britain -- Biography, Evelyn, John, -- 1620-1706 -- Friends and associates, Great Britain -- Court and courtiers -- Biography, Great Britain -- History -- Stuarts, 1603-1714 -- Biography, Pepys, Samuel, -- 1633-1703 -- Friends and associates
title_display The curious world of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn
title_full The curious world of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn / Margaret Willes
title_short The curious world of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn
topic_facet Cabinet officers, Court and courtiers, Diarists, Evelyn, John, Friends and associates, History, Pepys, Samuel