Samuel Pepys, Beyond the Diary

Portrait of Samuel Pepys by John Hayls, 1666 Public domain

We’re coming up on the 350th anniversary of Pepys’ last diary entry, written May 31, 1669, so it seemed like a good time to take a closer look not just at the diary, but also at who Pepys was beyond his famous chronicle of life in 17th-century London.

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Topics in this Podcast: 17th century, Samuel Pepys, biographies, European history, diaries, Great Fire of London