The Entring Book is the longest and richest diary of public life in England during the era of the Glorious Revolution.
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 is a chronicle not only of politics and religion, but also of culture and society, gossip and rumour, manners and mores, in a teeming metropolis risen phoenix-like from the Great Fire. Its author, Roger Morrice, was a Puritan clergyman turned confidential reporter for leading Whig politicians - well-connected, a barometer of public opinion, and supremely well-informed. Written just twenty years after Pepys's Diary, the Entring Book depicts a darker England, thrown into a great crisis of ‘popery and arbitrary power’.
v. 1. Roger Morrice and the Puritan Whigs / Mark Goldie
v. 2. The reign of Charles II, 1677-1685 / edited by John Spurr
v. 3. The reign of James II 1685-1687 / edited by Tim Harris
v. 4. The reign of James II, 1687-1689 / edited by Stephen Taylor
v. 5. The reign of William III, 1689-1691 / edited by Mark Knights
v. 6. Biographical dictionary / Jason McElligott ; Glossary and chronology / Mark Goldie.
The book together with a fully searchable CD-ROM of the entire Entring Book is available here in the Library.