Annotations and comments

Croakers Apprentice has posted eight annotations/comments since 18 January 2023.

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Third Reading

About Friday 16 March 1659/60

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In order to draw together the two main strands of these annotations I can’t resist suggesting -

“Exit Tyrannus, pursued by a bear” ?

But on a sober note, it is interesting to reflect that the expunged slogan wasn’t really wrong. Charles I did prove to be the “regum ultimus” of England/GB. Those that sat the throne from 1660 onwards were pantomime kings and Parliament’s victory has lasted to this day.

And for the record, I would rather have a panto king than a puritan dictator!

About Thursday 23 February 1659/60

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Happy birthday Sam!
Although the beauty of this site and the connection it gives us with Pepys’s world and people, is that he isn’t 390 today - he’s still 27 and just for a moment, for all of us, those intervening 363 years aren’t there…

About Monday 30 January 1659/60

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Re: Montrose’s poem in the footnote, the final lines. Fascinating that he rhymes sounds and wounds; how is he pronouncing them - soonds and woonds? Or sownds and wownds?

About Sunday 29 January 1659/60

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Alter, Carol, Sarah - I think that one of the delights of this site is that it is as close to a functioning time machine as we're likely to ever be able to achieve - whether we are skipping across the timestreams to Merry England or the more recent Millennium!

About Tuesday 17 January 1659/60

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I am really enjoying this site. It gives us one of the greatest gifts of history, which is to experience other lives and times, and through our interaction with them, let those people of the past live again. Following a recent post I remarked to my wife "Sam Pepys was kept up half of last night by a barking dog!" He feels in a way like a neighbour or work colleague. Also, reading each entry delivered by daily email 'in real time' makes them so much more vivid and tangible and connected with the weekly rhythms of our own lives.