THE CURIOUS WORLD OF SAMUEL PEPYS AND JOHN EVELYN

MARGARET WILLES
304pp 65 ILLUS (47 COLOUR) 2017 LIST PRICE: £20.00 B962

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An intimate portrait of two pivotal Restoration figures during one of the most dramatic periods of English history. 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 theatre and music, Evelyn for horticulture and garden design. She revisits the history of London and of England in an age of regicide, revolution, fire and plague.

Those connoisseurs of book production Pepys and Evelyn would have handled and read [this Yale volume] with pleasure and added it to their own collections. CHURCH TIMES