In 1655 a beautiful, talented young Huguenot girl of 15 married a humble 'mean little clerk’ called Samuel Pepys. Elizabeth le Marchant de St. Michel died when she was 29.
“Pepys in love - Elizabeth’s Story” is a totally factual account derived from Lord Braybrook’s edition of the Diary. It includes other new research, including Huguenot and French records of her life, her eccentric family, her menage, her wild tempestuous marriage with the ‘Saviour of the Navy’, of her numerous admirers from the Duke of York, ‘My Lord’ Edward Mountagu, the Bordeaux wine shipper William Batailley… to Samuel’s lifelong friend William Hewer.
This book sheds new light on the ‘lost’ paintings of Elizabeth Pepys, and on the Pepys family Huguenot connections.