Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Blogs I Like: Pepys

Remember grade 9 history when we covered England in the 1600s? The great plague? The great fire? And how a lot of what we knew about daily life came from the diary of Samuel Pepys?

Remember how you've always thought you should read his diary to round out your knowledge of that time?

Sam is now blogging, every day, from 343 years in the past. You can add him to your RSS feed and absorb his diary in nice little annotated chunks. That's right, the postings are annotated. Names, places, events are hotlinked to pages with more details. For instance:

tonyt on Sat 25 Mar 2006, 9:38 am Link

“Up betimes”

It seems clear from the next diary entry (24 March 1662/3) that “up betimes” means well before 6.00 a.m. This suggests that it is more likely to mean ‘first light’ (about 30 minutes before dawn) rather than dawn itself.

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

And if history is not your thing, you may want to check out Faith, the Biped Dog.

4 comments:

slacker but winner said...

wow. no wonder i get to win the law nerd prize. where do you even find these things?!

David Scrimshaw said...

Please, Slacker, you only won the law nerd prize one day this entire school year.

Grumpy Guy said...

Pepys, Schmepys! I just watched "Faith, the Biped Dog" and I think I might be feeling just a little less grumpy.

Zoom! said...

I could knit socks for Faith.