My history hero: Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville explains why he admires the 17th-century diarist...

Samuel Pepys portrait

This article was first published in the September 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) was a naval administrator but is best known for his celebrated diary in which he recorded notable events of the day along with his own personal routines, health worries and infidelities. Born in London, he rose to become chief secretary of the Admiralty. His reforms helped bring an important new professionalism to the Royal Navy.

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