The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn - A Talk by Margaret Willes

Heritage Talk
  • Venue

    Cathedral Library

  • Time

    7:00 PM

  • Price


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Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, the two great diarists of 17th- century England, developed a close friendship

Yet they came from two very different worlds: Evelyn from a landed gentry family, Pepys the son of a legal tailor. They were also very different characters: Pepys was earthy and shrewd, Evelyn a devout aesthete. Their friendship was no foregone conclusion, but thrived because they were drawn to intellectual pursuits and shared an inexhaustible curiosity for life.

Margaret Willes explores their shared interests – science, travel, and a love of books – and their divergent enthusiasms: Pepys for the theatre and music, Evelyn for horticulture and garden design. Through their richly documented lives she produces a portrait of England in the 17th century, and above all, of Restoration London.

Margaret Willes spent her career in book publishing, latterly as Publisher at the National Trust. On her retirement she turned to writing books, beginning with Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books, and then turning to botanical history with Pick of the Bunch and A Shakespearean Botanical, and gardening history with The Making of the English Gardenerand Gardens of the British Working Class.

Margaret will be signing copies of her publication 'The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn ' after the talk.

This is a free event but please do register your interest as these events tend to 'sell' out.