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Kelvin Hard has posted 13 annotations/comments since 13 January 2015.

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20 Apr 2022, 1:54 a.m. - Kelvin Hard

I don't think Sam was a sex addict. I think he was a man with an average or above average sex drive who took advantage of his social and financial position to dally with those over whom he had positional power or financial power. There is also an element of "seize the day" in a time when the plague (or a kidney stone) could carry you off at any time. Moreover there was a cultural double standard. A women must be faithful to ensure the lineage is carried on. But there were far fewer consequences, economic or social, for the adulterous man. Moreover Sam could always reassure himself that he was much more chaste than his King.

17 Nov 2021, 1:11 a.m. - Kelvin Hard

"Certain to be false". Have you read the rest of the diary?

14 Nov 2021, 3:04 p.m. - Kelvin Hard

I know I am ten years too late in responding to Mark S but I think the amount paid to Deb is 10 shillings not 10 pounds. It is 10/- not 10L

7 Nov 2021, 11:36 p.m. - Kelvin Hard

This is a general question, not relevant to this or any other specific day. Sam is a well – regarded official who is certainly somebody the King would recognise and Sam has very regular dealings with the Duke of York who is the heir to the throne. Many of the people that Sam deals with more or less as his professional peers are either Lords or else have knighthoods. Does anyone have any insight as to why our hero never became Sir Sam? I cannot remember whether this was ever discussed in the Tomalin biography.

17 Apr 2021, 7:42 a.m. - Kelvin Hard

I think it more likely that Pepys is recording his expenditure to put it into his personal accounts rather than as an aide memoire for what he has been doing that day.

24 Mar 2021, 7:56 a.m. - Kelvin Hard

I have never understood the drive to find an alternative author for Shakespeare’s works. The “Italy” of his plays is hardly Italian. He had never been to Ancient Rome either, but that didn’t stop him from writing Julius Caesar. There is ample documentary and contemporary evidence that Shakespeare’s works were written by - well - William Shakespeare.

14 Mar 2021, 9:57 a.m. - Kelvin Hard

8s 6d does seem very expensive indeed for a dinner - especially one you didn’t very much like. You could get a decent dinner for the same price in the early 1960s.

9 Mar 2021, 4:57 a.m. - Kelvin Hard

Interesting to note that one of the members was Andrew Marvell, Member for Hull, better known now for his poetry including such works as To His Coy Mistress and The Garden.

16 Aug 2020, 5:03 a.m. - Kelvin Hard

All the others mentioned from the Office (Minnes, Batten, Pen, Coventry) are knights. Does anyone know or can hazard a view as to why our hero never became Sir Samuel Pepys for his services to the navy?

16 Aug 2020, 4:59 a.m. - Kelvin Hard

Pepys also saw Merry Wives in 1660 and 1661 and didn’t like it then either. Now if I saw a play and did not like it I would not normally go again, let alone twice. Is Pepys hoping that a new production will improve things? Or is it just that he fancied going to the playhouse and Merry Wives just happens to be what is on?

22 Oct 2019, 5:58 a.m. - Kelvin Hard

Anne Hathaway was of course eight years older than Shakespeare and such age differences between an older woman and younger man were not uncommon in those days. (If the man were older I doubt we would even note it.) Marriages were made as much for reasons of convenience or security as for romance and Tom may have reasoned that he was unlikely to do better than marrying Pepys’ favourite. Moreover, whatever looks and personality so charmed Pepys are just as likely to have worked on Tom.

30 Aug 2017, 6:52 a.m. - Kelvin Hard

It will take more than a grain of salt to swallow the line taken by Cum Grano Salis. Sadly the link at the end of his item no longer works. But by definition three quarters of the population can’t all be part of “the poorest”. Sensible school uniforms cost less per wear than the clothes worn after school and at weekends. Child benefit and tax credits provide enough money to buy uniforms. Though I don’t doubt that the poorest find it hard to manage, we should be grateful for the free education and other benefits not available in Pepys’ day.

13 Jan 2015, 1:18 p.m. - Kelvin Hard

Does anyone know when mince pies stopped having meat in them?