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 struggle, and his broad magazine of the lengthy Parliament, along with his autobiography and correspondence, provide 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 private papers of anyone in early smooth Europe. His lifestyles and concept prior to the lengthy Parliament are rigorously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian competitors of King Charles I's regulations could be understood extra totally than that of the other Member of Parliament. even though 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 battle that begun in 1642. D'Ewes accumulated one of many greatest deepest 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 evaluations of them to his neighbors in lots of 1000's of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the lifestyles and ideas of this awesome observer, supplying clean perception into this pivotal time in ecu history.
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