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Pepys's London By Stephen Porter

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Everyday life in the teeming metropolis during Pepys's time in the city (c.1650-1703).

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Pepys's London: Everyday Life in London 1650-1703 by Stephen Porter

Everyday life in the teeming metropolis during Pepys's time in the city (c.1650-1703). Samuel Pepys's London was a turbulent, boisterous city, enduring the strains caused by foreign wars, the Great Plague and the Great Fire, yet growing and prospering. The Restoration in 1660 brought the reopening of the theatres, with women appearing on the stage for the first time, and the period saw the development of English opera and the first public concerts. Pepys lived through a time of change in a city of contrasts, which maintained a sophisticated cultural scene, yet was a focus for political turmoil that spilled over into violence. Against this changing and sometimes troubled background Londoners strived to make a living and to enjoy the benefits of their efforts, as consumers of an increasing range of food and drink, luxuries and entertainments. The London of Wren, Dryden and Purcell was also the city of Nell Gwyn, an orange seller in the theatre who became an actress and the king's mistress; of 'Colonel' Thomas Blood, who attempted to steal the crown jewels from the Tower and yet escaped punishment; and of Titus Oates, whose invention of a Popish Plot provoked a major political crisis. London was the country's political, economic, social and intellectual capital, described by a visitor from Tuscany as 'the metropolis of the whole island'.

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A fast-paced narrative with a real sense of history unfolding' -- GILLIAN TINDALL

About Stephen Porter


Stephen Porter is an acknowledged expert on London's history. His other books include The Great Plague ('An excellent introduction' Sunday Telegraph), London: A History in Paintings & Illustrations ('Glorious... brings London vividly to life' Simon Jenkins) & Pepys's London ('A compelling, lively account' BBC History Magazine). He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society. After twenty-five years living in the capital he now lives in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Table of Contents


1. Pepys's city 2. Restoration 3. War 4. Plague 5. Fire 6. Whigs and Tories 7. Culture and science 8. Revolution List of Illustrations Index

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GOR004332713
Pepys's London: Everyday Life in London 1650-1703 by Stephen Porter
Stephen Porter
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Amberley Publishing
2011-08-01
256
1848688695
9781848688698
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