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Rick Fielding Samuel Pepys and his instruments, wow! (25) Samuel Pepys and his instruments, wow! 24 Jul 03

This is my third reading of Pepys Diary and it's also the third different edition I've read. I know it's an editor's job to keep the unimportant stuff out and straighten out the punctuation, but good grief!

Neither of the two previous editions that I've read have mentioned how often he plays, sings, folk dances and goes to plays. The others go into great length about Navy business, and virtually eliminate most of his artistic (and lascivious) persuits.

He gets around on flageolet, fiddle, theorbo, lute, virginal, harpsichord, and (perhaps) harp. Plus he writes songs. In today's world, he'd be the guy who organizes House concerts, starts Festivals, (and sleeps with a lotta pretty girls......which he does anyway!)

.......BUT, all while keeping an important day job! (eventually, Secretary of the Navy)

He's writing from 1660 to 1669 (through his twenties) but it's so personal, he could be a jovial Mudcatter of 2003. He'd LOVE this place!


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