Evelyn, John ___ 1620-1706 ___ British ___ writer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
John Evelyn studied law, and then, at 22, joined the King's Army - for three days only. Fearing his support for the Royalist cause might prejudice the safety of his brother's estate at Wotton in Surrey, which was then in parliamentary territory, he decided to avoid the Civil War and go travelling. He ended up in Paris, where he married Mary Browne, daughter of Charles I's French ambassador. He and his wife returned to England in 1652, where they took over his father-in-law's estate at Deptford. After the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Evelyn was favoured by Charles II and James II and held various prestigious posts. He was connected with the Royal Mint, improving conditions for prisoners of war and the wounded, colonial affairs, and the Royal Society. Although he wrote many books (including one on trees), Evelyn is most famous for his long and detailed diary which provides a rich and historically important record for much of the 17th century. Although Evelyn's diary covers over 50 years, and that of his friend Samuel Pepys covers only eight years, Pepys's diary is actually longer; and, unlike Pepys, Evelyn reveals very little about himself.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1640-1706 ___ political religious social travel culture science historyeye people

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The Diary of John Evelyn
Diary and Correspondence of John Evelyn
 

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