It is 1679 and England is awash with suspicion. Fear of conspiracy and religious terrorism has provoked panic in politicians and a zealous reaction from the legal system.
Everywhere - or so it is feared - Catholic agents are plotting to overthrow the King.
Now Samuel Pepys, Secretary of the Admiralty, finds himself in a position few people then or now would have expected - charged with treason and facing a show trial and execution.
Imprisoned in the Tower of London and abandoned by the embattled King, Pepys sets to work investigating his mysterious accuser, Colonel John Scott, and uncovers a life riddled with ambition, forgery, treason and - ultimately - murder.
Using rare access to Pepys' own account of the affair, James Long and Ben Long brilliantly evoke a turbulent period in England's history - and tell the forgotten story of the two most dangerous years in the life of the legendary diarist.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 16/08/2007
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780571227136
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Review by Meggo
This book tells the story of Pepys' life after his diary, when he is charged with treason and must use his wits and connections to stay alive. Swept up in the chaos and panic surrounding the Catholic plots of 1679, Pepys actually spent time in the Tower and faced the prospect of a show trial. The fact that he survived to tell his tale at all is a testament to his intelligence and wit. Well researched and well told, this was an engrossing book.