Phil Gyford


Thursday 26 December 2002

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I’ve just launched my new site, Pepys’ Diary. Every day, starting 1st January, I’ll be posting a new entry from the diary in a familiar weblog format. I’m looking forward to reading it myself, and I thought this would be a good way to have lots of people read it with me (that means you). Pepys’ personal life was interesting enough and there are also bigger events to look forward to, such as the restoration of Charles II, the Great Fire of London and the Plague. If you have any comments on it so far, do let me know. So, tell your friends and start reading on Wednesday!


I learned of your project from Ben's blog. Bravo! I've made a posting on one of my blogs (

I appreciate, too, the scholarship you appear to be undertaking this endeavor as indicated by your extensive annotations and explanations.

I have never read Pepys and look forward to reading along.

Posted by Greg Elin on 26 December 2002, 8:16 pm | Link

Like the others have said... what a great idea... and an RSS feed too... great work.. Am looking forward to reading along...

Posted by Tim Lauer on 26 December 2002, 9:11 pm | Link

Great idea, this will be the first blog I will follow. Looking forward to it, just read day one, exciting stuff. Thank you.

Posted by wim de roos on 30 December 2002, 3:06 pm | Link

Have been reading and collecting Pepys since the early thirties. Will follow all comments with interest


Posted by Ralph H. Bower on 2 January 2003, 2:18 pm | Link

Thank you very much for doing this! I am looking forward to reading along every day. What a great way to read the diary. Question: I think I remember reading that Pepys is pronounced "peeps"... is this true?

Posted by Paul Mansour on 2 January 2003, 3:22 pm | Link

A brilliant idea -
I look forward to reading it.

'A man that's tired of a weblog is tired of life '
IDB 2003

Posted by Ian Jellyfysh Barrett on 2 January 2003, 5:33 pm | Link

Right on !!

Posted by Joseph Battaile on 2 January 2003, 6:47 pm | Link

Paul, yes, Pepys is generally pronounced "peeps". There is a brief (Victorian) discussion of the pronounciation towards the very bottom of this page:…

Posted by Phil Gyford on 2 January 2003, 7:19 pm | Link

Excellent idea. I have been getting into Pepys over the last 2 or 3 years and have just read an excellent biography by Claire Tomalin. It is annoying that Pepys is often portrayed as 'bawdy' which serves to devalue the quality of his writing. Eg. BBC website's headline of "Bawdy musings" highlighting the new website. The 'bawdiness' simply comes from the openess. In every other way, his life was highly sophisticated and fascinating and far more than just Falstaffian.

Posted by PHE on 2 January 2003, 8:19 pm | Link

Brilliant idea!

Posted by Steve Freeman on 4 January 2003, 12:26 am | Link

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Just wait until we get to the Great Fire bit - that's cool.
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