John Evelyn and His Times

John Evelyn and His Times

1st Edition - January 1, 1970

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  • Author: Beatrice Saunders
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483159966

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John Evelyn and His Times presents an account of the life and works of diarist John Evelyn. Evelyn came to manhood when the struggle between King Charles I and his people was tearing the country apart. He was a scholar, a historian, an expert horticulturist and forester, a connoisseur of pictures, an authority on architecture, painting, engraving, and medals. His diary is a masterpiece in English literature, and his book on trees, Sylva, is a work of national importance which gave an enormous stimulus to afforestation in Britain. His diary was written, in a very small, close hand, over a period of 56 years, and it is not strictly a book of confessions; he rarely attempted to unburden his soul. Everything was set down with reserve, restraint, and an admirable serenity. Evelyn was acquainted with kings and queens, ambassadors, noblemen, statesmen, bishops, and archbishops, and such men constantly sought his advice. Yet he remained to the end a modest and unassuming countryman.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    1 The Son of the Squire

    2 In Exile

    3 The Commonwealth

    4 Under Cromwell's Rule

    5 The Restoration

    6 The Dutch War

    7 The Great Fire and an Invasion

    8 Court Affairs

    9 The Second Dutch War

    10 Margaret Godolphin

    11 Apprehension and Consternation

    12 The End of a Reign

    13 The Fear of Popery

    14 The Fight for Protestantism

    15 The Revolution

    16 William of Orange

    17 War in Ireland

    18 Trials and Tribulations

    19 Domestic Affairs

    20 Last Days



Product details

  • No. of pages: 210
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1970
  • Published: January 1, 1970
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483159966

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Beatrice Saunders

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