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2018 Week 3 Course 10

Samuel Pepys' London


Kees Windland


Week 3

15 - 21 July 2018

The diaries of Samuel Pepys provide a unique access into the world of 1660s London, from its teeming streets, theatres and taverns to the machinations of the court of Charles II. Starting from Pepys' daily record of events, we will explore the life of the City during what was unquestionably its most eventful decade. Themes of interest will be the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666. On our final day we will leave the City via Temple Bar to explore the rapidly developing West End, then on to Whitehall and the court of Charles II to reassess the historical accuracy of Pepys' impressions of this flamboyant and deeply flawed monarch.





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