The Dark Side of Samuel Pepys

Society's First Sex Offender

Geoffrey Pimm

Date Published :
April 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
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ISBN : 9781526717290
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Samuel Pepys is popularly known as the founder of the modern navy, a member of the Royal Society and most of all, as a unique and frank diarist. Less well known is the fact that he was a serial sexual offender by modern standards; a voyeur, a groper and a rapist.

Set against the London society of Charles II’s restoration, and extensively using Pepys’ own words, this book concerns his numerous extramarital affairs, often using his professional status and position of influence to advance the careers of his subordinates, in return for the sexual favors of their wives.

With his own very frank descriptions, translated from the strange mix of languages and the seventeenth century shorthand he used to camouflage the content, the reader witnesses in often very graphic detail how Pepys set about achieving his lascivious objectives – on occasion resorting to physical force where persuasion or bribery failed. Whether she be wife, daughter, mother or humble maidservant, no woman was safe from his rapacious sexual appetite.

This book shows the reader a little known, dark and sometimes very disturbing aspect of Samuel Pepys’ character, one which even in his own day, he would not have wanted to be publicly aired.

About The Author

The author is a past member of the Institute of Risk Management with experience in twenty-three countries around the world, often in dangerous or challenging environments. A life-long interest in the seventeenth century and the amassing of a substantial library of books on the subject led to the creation of this work. Now retired to the English countryside, Geoff is kept busy writing, singing, gardening, driving his vintage sports car and doting on his five grandchildren.

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