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Plot Against Pepys

Plot Against Pepys

by James D. Long, Ben Long

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Samuel Pepys is most famous for the diary he kept between 1660 and 1669, as well as his eyewitness accounts of the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London. As secretary of the admiralty, he played an important role in the development of the British navy. Yet in 1679, Pepys was imprisoned in the Tower of London on suspicion of treason, charged with being a secret Catholic and supporter of the Catholic Duke of York. Prolific novelist James Long (Battletech) and his son Ben Long investigate the mystery behind this arrest. Drawing on letters, government documents, and, where relevant for background, the famous diary, they piece together the plot against Pepys, identifying the role played by the mysterious Col. John Scott. The charges against Pepys were dropped a year later. While providing exhaustive sourcing, the authors present their findings in a nonacademic style, more like that of a readable, entertaining crime thriller. Recommended for public libraries.
—T.L. Cooksey

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The Overlook Press
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6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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