Pepys never resumed the personal Diary which he abandoned in 1669 when he feared that he was going blind. But he did write several short diaries or journals at various key moments in his later life. Now available to the general reader, these documents enlarge and enhance our picture of Pepys as a politician and civil servant.
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Sutton Publishing Ltd
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Anyone who has read the earlier diaries of Pepys, from 1660-69, will delight in this compilation of later notes from the master. Collected and published together for the first time by academic and historian C.S. Knighton, the items give us an insight into the world of Pepys in the later years of the 17th century. Unlike his original diaries - which he gave up writing because he wrongly thought he was going blind - these concentrate not so much on the minutiae of Pepys's everyday affairs but on particular aspects of his life as a politician and civil servant. The language is pleasantly archaic and sometimes slightly confusing, as certain words have evolved to have different meanings over the centuries. Overall, however, this is Pepys at his peppery best. As always he emerges as the world's first spin doctor, showing himself in the best possible light and being swift to lay the blame for calamities on other people's shoulders. A must for serious historians. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Samuel Pepys
C.S. Knighton was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge and compiled the Modern Manuscript Catalogue for the Pepys Library. He collaborated with Robert Latham on Samuel Pepys and the Second Dutch War and, with David Loades he edited one of the great treasures of the Pepys Library, The Anthony Roll of Henry VII's Navy. For Sutton Publishing, C.S. Knighton has written Pepys and the Navy (2003)