Annotations and comments

Ivan has posted 41 annotations/comments since 19 February 2013.

The most recent…


About Monday 1 September 1662

Ivan  •  Link

L&M read "heels" not "holes"

"I thinking another not fit to be trusted that leaves a key behind their heels."

About Wednesday 9 July 1662

Ivan  •  Link

"but as he dissembles with me, so must I with him"
Do other annotators think Penn is dissembling as Sam asserts to justify his own dissembling? Or could it be that Penn thinks everything is smoothed over or doesn't really understand how strongly Pepys is offended with him about who should draw up contracts. Maybe he is just in blissful ignorance about Sam's true feelings and genuinely commits the care of his house to Sam and offers "all his services" in a sincere manner. I suppose we shall just have to see how their relationship turns out.

About Saturday 3 May 1662

Ivan  •  Link

Today, in order to visit the Tower with so many vulnerable children, Sam would have to fill ,in numerous forms and await police accreditation that he was not and never had been a child molester!! What about those beatings of Wayneman? Oh dear!

About Monday 17 March 1661/62

Ivan  •  Link

Charles Spencer writes at length in Chapter 10 [Strangers in a Strange Land] of his excellent book "Killers of the King" published in 2014 concerning the arrest in the Netherlands of Barkstead, Okey and Corbet and what might be termed the despicable behaviour of Downing.

The following quote will give a flavour of his views: "John Okey, "little thinking", as a friend wrote, "that his New England tottered chaplain whom he clothed and fed at his table, and who dipped with him in his own dish should prove like the Devil among the twelve to his Lord and Master", assumed that he and Barkstead would be left alone during their travels through the Netherlands. He quickly checked through an intermediary that this would be the case, and received assurances of their wellbeing from Downing, who claimed that he had no orders to look out for them."

About Wednesday 20 November 1661

Ivan  •  Link

I have just finished reading Charles Spencer's passionate and well-researched book "Killers of the King" which was published in 2014. He depicts and proves, as far as I am concerned, Charles11 as a man of vengeance. The Declaration of Breda was a smokescreen as its provisions were not to be applied to those Parliament "excepted". And Charles made sure that anyone connected, however remotely, with the death of his father was "excepted" and then savagely executed in the most abominable manner imaginable.
Men who surrendered themselves expecting some clemency and mercy were hung, drawn and quartered. The King's agents hunted down men who had fled to Europe and the Americas. I would urge people interested in this period to read Spencer's book. Having done so I think they would reject Robert Gertz's notion of Charles Stuart's "innate kindness" and Paul Chapin's idea of Charles as departing "from the bloody norm of vengeance and retribution". It was a continuation and some!!

About Thursday 24 October 1661

Ivan  •  Link

On October 17th Sam did relate in quite a lot of detail what Captain Lambert had told him about the King of Portugal and his doings and on the following day he listed all the ingredients making up his poultice and how he applied it to his testicle plus an incisive characterisation of Mrs. Goldsborough. Then on the 20th he makes clear his irritation about Will Hewer's behaviour, so I think he is doing more than just marking time.