The Diary of Bulstrode Whitelocke covers his whole life, from his birth in 1605, until shortly before his death in 1675. Whitelocke was a distinguished lawyer and Member of Parliament, a keen musician and scholar, a bon viveur, and a family man who had three wives and seventeen children. His Diary provides descriptions of life at school, university and the inns of court, details of marriages and marriage settlements, his property dealings, salaries and pensions,
the management and improvement of his estates, and his relations with tenants, builders and servants.Whitelocke knew most of the leading characters of the period personally. He
held high offices as Keeper of the Great Seal, temporary Speaker of the House of Commons, and Lord President of the Council, and reveals in his Diary short insights into public affairs, notably during the Civil Wars and Interregnum.The volume is complemented by the publication of Miss Spalding's Contemporaries of Bulstrode Whitelocke, 1605-1675 (RSEH Vol XIV).
`His diary provides a major new source for the study of 17th-century politics and takes its place alongside the diaries of Samuel Pepys, John Evelyn and Ralph Josselin as a fascinating 'private history' and self-portrait.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
i. The Diarist and his background
ii. The Diary and Whitelocke's other writing
iii. Editorial Method
Series: Records of Social and Economic History (New Series)
Number Of Pages: 918
Published: 27th September 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.4
Weight (kg): 1.56