This book, published to coincide with a major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, centres on Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), the famous diarist and the greatest administrator of the Stuart Age.
Not only a passionate diarist, Pepys was also a prolific correspondent who lived through and wrote about all the key events and leading individuals of his time: the Restoration of Charles II, the Great Plague, the Fire of London, the raid of the Dutch fleet in the river Medway, the King's mistresses.
Through a series of essays by leading experts, this publication reveals the rich diversity of his career and interests - from the theatre, to advances in science and development of the Royal Navy.
His life was so utterly entwined with the extraordinary period he lived through - he was even a witness to the beheading of Charles I - that the book becomes a portrait of the age.
Each chapter has two or three essays followed by discussion of specific objects and paintings.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages, 250 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/11/2015
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780500518144