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This book concerns one of the most important source texts from 17th century England – the Diary of Samuel Pepys. The Diary is a record of the author’s life from 1660-1669 and covers such important events for the history of London and England as the Restoration of Charles II Stuart after the period of the Civil War and the protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, the war with the Netherlands, the plague of 1665, or the Great Fire of London in 1666. Pepys’s Diary, however, is not only an account of a witness of political and social events happening in Stuart England but also an extremely colourful illustration of the culinary habits and traditions of Pepys’s contemporaries. The author’s main purpose was to show the culinary aspect of Pepys’s Diary from three perspectives. The first chapter is an attempt to present Pepys’s work as a peculiar compendium of knowledge about the English culinary tradition, its richness and diversity. The second chapter of the work is an analysis Pepys’s Diary in the context of the relationship between the development of his professional career and the evolution of the culinary and social sphere of his life. The third perspective contained in this book is an attempt to understand Pepys’s individual approach to the activity of eating and drinking as an escapist philosophy which helps to forget about the difficult and dangerous reality in which the author of the Diary lived.

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Table of contents

Acknowledgments 7
INTRODUCTION 9
1. CULINARY ENCYCLOPAEDIA 23
Pepys’s culinary London 26
Early bird 38
Carnivorous Pepys 41
From the sea, from the river 52
Vegetarian and sweet lover 58
Drinking with Pepys 69
Exaggeration and abstinence 74
Soft drinks and healers 79
2. FOOD AND DRINK AS A SOCIAL CACHET 87
Climbing the social ladder 87
A new life 98
At a noble table 106
3. MERRY AT TABLE AND THE JOYS OF EXISTENCE 133
‘To dinner, and there merry, yet vexed again at publique matters’ 134
Food and drink as a social emollient and a form of escapism 141
Food at funerals 144
The merry plague 149
Dining at fire 156
CONCLUSIONS 167
Appendix 175
Bibliography 177
Illustration credits 183

Place of publishing:

Kielce

Physical description:

186 s.

ISBN:

978-83-7133-968-4

Publisher:

Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jana Kochanowskiego w Kielcach

Date issued:

2022

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application/pdf

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doi:10.25951/4837

Language:

angielski

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Aug 23, 2022

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