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Pepys never resumed the personal Diary which he abandoned in 1669 when he feared (wrongly) that he was going blind. He was one of the greatest accidental historians, never intending to record for posterity, only his own amusement. But he did write several short diaries or journals at various key moments in his later life. Each is a document of historical importance and all have the interest which attaches to any work of an acknowledged master of the diary form. C S Knighton, for the first time, makes these diaries available to the general reader. These fascinating documents enlarge and enhance our picture of Pepys as a politician and civil servant. As always with Pepys the tone is engaging and revealing - sometimes accidentally, as often in these documents Pepys is anxious to present himself in the best possible light and does not scruple to lay the blame for any mishaps on others.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750936576
ISBN-10: 0750936576
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 263
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Dr C. S. Knighton

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 VIII's Navy.

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