His life was extraordinary in itself as he rose through the ranks of hard work as well as patronage to such positions as Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under King Charles II and King James II. He would also be responsible for the introduction of professionalism within the Royal Navy.
Samuel Pepys Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1633 Ė 1703 *** Full Name: Samuel Pepys *** Occupation: English Naval Administrator and Member of Parliament *** Date of Birth: Samuel Pepys was born on February 23rd 1633 *** Place of Birth: Samuel Pepys was born in Fleet Street in London, England *** Family background: His father was John Pepys who was a tailor and Margaret Kite who was the daughter of a Whitechapel butcher *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with ten siblings although the infant mortality rate of the era was terribly high *** Education: Samuel Pepys attended Huntingdon Grammar School before going to St Paulís School in London ***
Samuel Pepys Fact 1: Samuel Pepys was born on February 23rd 1633 and during the 17th century period in history when during this period there were mass changes that took place in philosophy as well as science. It was also a time when medieval alchemy would become the chemistry of the future and there were many innovations.
Samuel Pepys Fact 3: In 1655 he married Elisabeth de St Michel of French Huguenot immigrant descendancy.
Samuel Pepys Fact 8: He recorded every tiny detail of his life from the moment he woke up until he retired for the night.
Samuel Pepys Fact 9: He expressed feelings and opinions on every conceivable topic from friends and acquaintances to political figures and entertainers of the period.
Samuel Pepys Fact 10: He describes in detail the events of horrific events that took place for example the Great Fire of London and the Great Plague.
Samuel Pepys Fact 11: He gave an insight into the very soul of the human condition describing not only the favorable aspects of human nature but also their tendency to the ugly side of nature too.
Samuel Pepys Fact 15: Nothing was off limits in his journal, his private life was contained within the pages as well as for good or ill.
Samuel Pepys Fact 17: During 1672 he was asked to become an Elder Brother of Trinity House. The following year he was asked to take part in establishing the Royal Mathematical School at Christís Hospital which was set up to teach boys navigational skills.
Samuel Pepys Fact 18: By 1679 he became elected as Member of Parliament for Harwich.
Influence and Legacy: Although it could be said Samuel Pepys left the world just a book but that would be too simplistic. What he left the world was a small piece of incredible history.
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