Category Archives: Diarists

Plague, Periwigs and Peccadilloes: the Diary of Samuel Pepys

Although diaries can be traced back to antiquity, the 17th century witnessed the real flowering of the diarist’s art. Following the Civil War and the Restoration of King Charles II, a new philosophical movement emerged: the Age of Enlightenment also … Continue reading

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Bulls, Bears, Tippling and Lewder Places: The Thames Frost Fair of 1684

Over a period of 250 years, the River Thames froze so hard that its icy expanse provided the venue for a special festival: the Frost Fair. The reason for the big freeze was a combination of exceptionally hard winters and … Continue reading

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