Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys

Plague, Fire, Revolution

(in association with the Royal Museums Greenwich)
  1. Edited by Margarette Lincoln
  2. Introduction by Claire Tomalin
  • ISBN 9780500518144
  • 28.00 x 24.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 288pp
  • With over 260 colour illustrations
  • First published 2015

A compelling illustrated book on the passionate diarist

‘A beautiful book, richly illustrated’ – Mature Times
'It is particularly good to see proper attention paid at last to Pepys's "other" diary, the record of his mission to Tangier in 1683'– Times Literary Supplement

Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys (1633–1703) lived through one of the most exciting and troubled times in British history. He saw the people rise up in the name of liberty and execute their king.

During the plague of 1665 he endured months of terror when friends and neighbours fell prey to an epidemic disease for which there was no cure, and the following year he witnessed the Great Fire of London. Towards the end of his life Pepys – and the country – suffered further upheaval when his patron, the Catholic James II, was ousted by the Protestant William III and Queen Mary in the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688.

This book, published to coincide with a major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, explores the public and personal worlds of Pepys, not only a famous diarist whose description of the Fire of London is unequalled, but also an energetic and talented man who rose from modest beginnings to become the greatest naval administrator of the age.

With an introduction by Claire Tomalin, Pepys’s award-winning biographer, engaging essays on a range of key topics, and illustrated throughout with a rich variety of paintings, engravings and objects, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution provides a fascinating portrait of the later Stuart Age through the life of someone uniquely placed to experience its triumphs and disasters.

See the exhibition page at National Maritime Museum website

Margarette Lincoln was Deputy Director at Royal Museums Greenwich from 2007 to 2015. She is also the author of British Pirates and Society, 1680–1730, Naval Wives and Mistresses and Representing the Royal Navy: British Sea Power, 1750–1815.

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