In 1655 a beautiful, talented young Huguenot girl of 15 married a humble `mean little
clerk’ called Samuel Pepys. Elizabeth le Marchant de St. Michel died when she was
“Pepys in love - Elizabeth’s Story” is a totally factual account derived from Lord
Braybrook’s edition of the Diary. It includes other new research, including Huguenot
and French records of her life, her eccentric family, her menage, her wild tempestuous
marriage with the ‘Saviour of the Navy’, of her numerous admirers from the Duke of
York, ‘My Lord’ Edward Mountagu, the Bordeaux wine shipper William Batailley… to
Samuel’s lifelong friend William Hewer.
This book sheds new light on the ‘lost’ paintings of Elizabeth Pepys, and on the
Pepys family Huguenot connections.
“Perfect for someone who wanted to know about the political, cultural, and social
world of Pepys’ time.”