Pepys’ Diary

Now here’s an inventive idea. A blogger named Phil Gyford is posting, in Web log format, daily entries from the diary of Samuel Pepys. This should be fun to watch; I’ve linked to it on the right side of this page. Much of what we know of daily London life in the seventeenth century we owe to Pepys. And remember, it was during this period that the great fire and the plague swept through the city.

Gyford took the text from Project Gutenburg and he’s annotating the diary with hypertext links that gloss people and places and events referred to in the diary. This blog uses the features of the Web to brilliant effect.

[Geek stuff: Gyford also has RSS feeds for the diary, which means I can add it to my news aggregator, which in turn makes it easier for me to follow the diary daily.]