By J. Sears McGee
This is the 1st biography of Sir Simonds D'Ewes, a member of England's lengthy Parliament, Puritan, historian and antiquarian who lived from 1602–1650. D'Ewes took the Puritan aspect opposed to the supporters of King Charles I within the English Civil battle, and his huge magazine of the lengthy Parliament, with his autobiography and correspondence, supply a uniquely complete view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his critiques, ideas and prejudices in this tumultuous time.
D'Ewes left the main broad archive of non-public papers of anyone in early sleek Europe. His lifestyles and concept prior to the lengthy Parliament are conscientiously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian rivals of King Charles I's regulations may be understood extra absolutely than that of the other Member of Parliament. even if conservative in social and political phrases, D'Ewes's Puritanism avoided him from becoming a member of his Royalist more youthful brother Richard throughout the civil conflict that begun in 1642. D'Ewes gathered one of many greatest inner most libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue historic and antiquarian learn. He information of nationwide and foreign occasions voraciously and conveyed his reviews of them to his pals in lots of hundreds of thousands of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the existence and ideas of this impressive observer, supplying clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.
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An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes by J. Sears McGee