Samuel Pepys image

Pepys painted by John Closterman in the 1690s. National Portrait Gallery, London.

And So To Bed… The Diary Of Samuel Pepys & Restoration London

The diary of Samuel Pepys has long been considered the greatest diary in the English language. Historians have found it invaluable, but it is also a superb work of literature and the record of an extraordinary man.

Founder of the modern English navy, President of the Royal Society, Member of Parliament, author of books on the navy, talented musician and composer and lover of a very large number of women, Samuel Pepys delighted in many aspects of Restoration London and recorded them all in his diary.

“And so to bed …”, Susannah Fullerton’s talk on Pepys, tells of his experience of the Plague and the Great Fire, his constant womanising, his theatre-going and his dinners.

 

image: Samuel Pepys, by John Closterman, given to the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1925.