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(CHANNEL ISLANDS) CHEVALIER, Jean.
Journal de Jean Chevalier.
Jersey: Labey et Blampied. (Société Jersiaise.) 1906-[1914] 9 parts, complete. Untrimmed in orig. green-blue printed wrappers; occasional dusting, but overall v.g.One of 300 copies printed, scarce in commerce. Jean Chevalier, 1589-1675, nobleman and diarist, known as the 'Pepys of Jersey'. Chevalier writes very little about himself, instead providing fascinating insight into the political and social upheaval in Jersey during his lifetime. Of great interest are the tumultuous years 1642-1651, when England, Ireland and Scotland were embroiled in bloody civil war. The sympathies of the Jersiaise for the most part lay with Parliament, although some prominent members of Jersey society sided with the Crown, and the highly influential de Carteret family held the island for the King. The diary, here published in nine parts, shows Chevalier's descriptive powers, although it is sometimes difficult to read as it is written in Island patois. With perseverance, it provides a fascinating window into Jersey life during that engaging period.
Bookseller: Jarndyce Rare Books
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