Samuel Pepys is famous for his diary, which charted the political intrigue of Restoration London and contains one of the best contemporary accounts of the Great Fire of London. John Evelyn is best known as a great gardener and writer, although he too kept a diary covering many decades. It was the discovery and publication of Evelyn’s diary over a century after his death that inspired the decoding and publication of Samuel Pepys’s.
Join us as Margaret Willes sheds fascinating light on the unlikely friendship between two men who came from such different backgrounds and were so different in character.
Exploring themes common to both men; diary keeping, love of books, science, travel and the exotic and politics, this new history evokes a rich sense of Restoration London.
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