The Entring Book of Roger Morrice [1677-1691]

The Entring Book of Roger Morrice [1677-1691]

Complete set with Index

Edited by Mark Goldie

First edition of an eye-witness account of seventeenth-century England - the dark side of Pepys. Seven-volume set.
Compiled between the years 1677 and 1691, the Entring Book is 900,000 words long, with many sensitive passages written in a secret shorthand that has only recently been decoded. This remarkable chronicle of public affairs has remained for nearly three centuries, secure but little known, in Dr Williams's Library, London.
The Entring Book fits no simple definition. It is not just a political diary, nor is it only the newsletter it sometimes resembles. It's possible that it could have been the material for a history of Morrice's own times, or it may have been a letterbook, recording correspondence to an unnamed recipient. Writing in great detail, with meticulous regularity, Morrice may have been passing on all he knew to senior figures in the opposition to Charles II and James II.
The Entring Book's enormous scope means it also covers publishing, plays, business, military and religious matters, foreign affairs, public opinion and London life, making it an essential resource. Through it we can trace the transformation of puritanism into Whiggery and Dissent. This seven volume set includes an introductory and an index volume as well as a biographical encyclopedia of names.


The standard of editing throughout is stunningly impressive. This is a remarkable scholarly edition which has been worth waiting for and the well-integrated editorial team, the publishers and Dr Williams's Library can be justifiably proud of the result. [...] It is a text which sheds valuable light on the shifting politics, religion, nervousness and cultural climate of the years 1677 to 1691. LITERATURE & HISTORY
This milestone edition [...] opens up a major source for the religious politics of the late Restoration. [It] delivers an intimate and insightful account of [the period's] oppositional political and religious milieu. [...] This edition will be, without doubt, required reading for any serious historian of the period. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
[This] publication is a major event in Restoration studies thanks to the wealth of material Morrice gathered and committed to paper. [...] In its totality, the Entring Book represents nothing less than a complete confessional vision of political life in the post-Reformation world. PARLIAMENTARY HISTORY
[A] splendid edition. [...] There is very much to applaud, especially Mark Goldie's introductory volume, a substantial work of detection, description and interpretation written with characteristic poise and precision. [...] A resource which scholars will plunder for ever after. This edition of Roger Morrice now becomes an, perhaps the, essential starting point for researchers of the political and religious turmoil under Charles II and James II. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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