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Ivan has posted 50 annotations/comments since 19 February 2013.

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About Monday 25 May 1663

Ivan  •  Link

L&M seem to think that Louis X1V's "Spotted feavour" was measles. Their footnote reads "Louis X1V, who had caught the measles from his wife, was well and back at work after dinner on 23 May/2 June."
[de Lionne to de Cominges, 24 May/3 June.]

About Friday 22 May 1663

Ivan  •  Link

L&M have this to say of "A vindication of the degree of gentry..." by a Person of Quality.
"Much of the book is unintelligible."
So one must wonder about the qualities of the person who wrote it!

About Sunday 10 May 1663

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L&M read that " the Bishop of Galloway was besieged in his house by some women"

So there were a number of "amazons" who were intent on outraging the bishop not just one! Makes more sense.

About Friday 26 December 1662

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"but it is no matter, we shall endeavour to joyne the Lyon's skin to the Foxes tail."

L&M comment in a note: "Pepys has the words in the wrong order: he means to suggest that cunning is necessary."

So we should be joining the tail of the fox to the body of a lion, as Bill's quote from a French dictionary would suggest.

About Tuesday 11 November 1662

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L&M reads: "but that the trouble of my house doth so cruelly hinder me,"

So "house" which is concerning Sam greatly makes more sense than "office".

About Thursday 30 October 1662

Ivan  •  Link

Reading of Pepys' encounter with the "young simple fantastic coxcombe" Deputy-Governor of the Tower and his silk dressing gown I was reminded of a similar encounter between Hotspur and a King's messenger [Henry 1V Part 1 1iii ], where Hotspur is enraged by a "popinjay" who demands his prisoners and is refused:

" For he made me mad
To see him shine so brisk, and smell so sweet,
And talk so like a waiting-gentlewoman,
Of guns, and drums, and wounds, God save the mark!"

Hotspur roundly denounces his effeminacy:

"Fresh as a bridegroom: and his chin new reaped
Showed like a stubble land at harvest home.
He was perfumed like a milliner,
And 'twixt his finger and his thumb he held
A pouncet-box, which ever and anon
He gave his nose, and took't away again"

Sam manages to suppress his anger somewhat better than Hotspur.

About Saturday 4 October 1662

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Re the sinking of the Satisfaction L&M note that the Navy Board enquiry found that the pilot, John Lewis, was to blame and that Pepys' shorthand notes of his examination of Lewis describe him as "a sober man".

About Thursday 2 October 1662

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"I do go thither; and by very great fortune did fallow four or five gentlemen who were carried to a little private door in a wall, and so crept through a narrow place and came into one of the boxes next to the King's;"

What struck me very forcefully about this episode was the amazing lack of security. It would seem that neither the King nor Queen were present but what if Mr.Pepys had been an assassin, armed with a poniard/dagger and bearing a grudge, instead of being a lover of "sport" and plays and with an eye for the ladies.

When Charles visited play houses and walked and flirted amongst the populace would he have been accompanied by any courtiers bearing arms or having the capability of using their swords to protect him? Surely the "merry monarch" did not think popularity alone would protect him from all his enemies.