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Pepys's London free pdf 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'.

About Stephen Porter

Stephen Porter, until his recent retirement, worked for over seventeen years for the Survey of London, a century-old project devoted to the history of London's built environment. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, has held research posts at the University of Oxford and lectured on London's history at the Museum of London. His other books include SHAKESPEARE'S LONDON: EVERYDAY LIFE IN LONDON 1580-1616 ('A vivid account' THES, 'A lucid and cogent narrative of everyday life in Shakespeare's place of work' SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST, 'A meticulous recreation of a vibrant world - echoes with the living voices of Londoners' GILLIAN TINDALL)- THE LONDON CHARTERHOUSE ('A model history' GILLIAN TINDALL, author of THE HOUSE BY THE THAMES

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Author : Stephen Porter
Publisher : Amberley Publishing
Data Published : 01 August 2011
ISBN : 1848688695
EAN : 9781848688698
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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