By Frances Harris
John Evelyn ranks together with his good friend Samuel Pepys as the best enjoyed of English diarists. this is often an soaking up new research of the main arguable episode of his existence: his passionate "seraphic" friendship with Margaret Godolphin, a maid of honor on the recovery court docket of Charles II. Set opposed to the shiny history of the court docket and the good gardens of the time, adjustments of affection offers new insights into the sexual and non secular worlds of early sleek England.
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Evelyn, who was to entitle his little tract on dress after the Restoration, Tyrannus: or The Mode, was well aware of this kind of inexorable pressure. But there was more to his change of style than this. He was ﬁnding his own gardening manner, and it was in the cultivation of his groves that the real meaning of the garden now lay for him. ‘Wood-born’ as he described himself, he always had an afﬁnity with trees. As the royal forests and avenues came under threat from the supporters of the Commonwealth, this grew into a passionate and highly politicized sympathy.
Leftwich, ‘The Parish of St Nicholas, Deptford’, Ecclesiological Society Transactions, ns, 1(1942–7), 199–224; Jonathan Coad, The Royal Dockyards (Aldershot, 1989), 1–2; Brian Lavery, Building the Wooden Walls (1991) (this describes the building of the Valiant at Chatham dockyard in the mid-18th century, but many of the processes would have been similar at Deptford a hundred years earlier). 61 BL Add. MS 78614: JE to the Navy Commissioners, 22 May 1671. 62 Mary J. Dobson, Contours of Death and Disease in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 1997), 320–7.
1676; P. F. Brandon, ‘Land, Technology, and Water Management in the Tillingbourne Valley’, Southern History, 6 (1984), 79–85. 5 Man of the Shade 37 discreetely severe, yet liberall upon all just occasions both to his Children, strangers, and servants; a lover of hospitality; and in briefe, of a singular & Christian moderation in all his actions’. A Justice of the Peace and High Sheriff of the county, ‘he was yet a studious decliner of Honors and Titles; being already in that esteeme with his Country; that they could have added little to him, besids their burthen’.
Transformations of Love: The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin (Oxford Paperback Reference) by Frances Harris