Samuel Pepys is best known for his famous diary which details intimate moments in his life (even his own infidelities) and the reality of London in the 17th century, through political revolution to the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the outbreak of Plague. We also remember Pepys for his role in organising England's naval affairs and his presidency of the Royal Society when Isaac Newton was writing the laws of motion and gravity.
National Maritime Museum exhibition London
This is the largest ever exhibition on the socialite Samuel Pepys, featuring 200 objects from museums, galleries and private collections that path the story of his riveting diary which began in 1600 through to 1669. From Pepys' schoolboy days playing truant to see the grizzly execution of King Charles I after the Civil War, through to the decadence of Charles II's court and the new King's countless love affairs, this exhibition will delight history enthusiasts. The exhibition comes to an end when Pepys' career in the navy was abruptly cut short after his loyal patron King James II was deposed in favour of his protestant daughter Mary and her husband William of Orange.
Look out for intimate objects from the lives of Charles II's lovers, including letters from the King to Louise de Kéroualle or 'Fubbs' (chubby) as he referred to her. You'll also want to see the fascinating objects relating to 17th century medicine and grim procedures like the life-threatening operation Pepys faced in 1648 to have a bladder stone removed without anaesthetic.
Using Samuel Pepys' diary as the foundation, this show gives a tremendous insight into 17th contemporary life, through revolution, scientific discovery, social disorder and the rise and fall of royalty.
|What||Samuel Pepys Exhibition Review|
National Maritime Museum
Park Row, Greenwich, London , SE10 9NF | MAP
|Nearest tube||Greenwich (underground)|
20 Nov 15 – 28 Mar 16, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
|Price||£12, Child £6|
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