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The World Of Samuel Pepys by Jonathan Bastable
Voices From The World Of Samuel Pepys by Jonathan Bastable
Published by David and Charles. £14.99.

BRIGHTON’S Jonathan Bastable leads us back to Pepys’ world, drawing not only from Pepys’ diary but other contemporary sources.
Bastable includes eyewitness accounts from world-shaking events such as the execution of King Charles I.
Bastable quotes the famous but gives voice to the unknown.
A merchant, Samuel Sainthill (corr), witnesses the hanging of exhumed bodies of those who signed the king’s death warrant.
Sainthill says of trial judge John Bradshaw: “I know his face, when the hangman, after cutting it off, held it up; of his toes I had five or six in my hand, which the prentices had cut off.”
Excerpts such as this from ghosts of the past bring English history to life.

Martin Cooper
04 Mar 2008 by martinfish
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