Journal puzzle solved

August 10, 2007

A diary said to rival that of Samuel Pepys is being published for the first time.

An international team of academics, led by Mark Goldie at Cambridge University, has spent seven years working on Roger Morrice's Entring Book. They even had to recruit a specialist code-breaker to crack the author's 17th century shorthand.

The 900,000-word account paints a vivid picture of life in Restoration England, spanning the years 1677 to 1691.

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