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 facet opposed to the supporters of King Charles I within the English Civil conflict, and his wide magazine of the lengthy Parliament, with his autobiography and correspondence, provide a uniquely complete view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his reviews, suggestions and prejudices in this tumultuous time.
D'Ewes left the main large archive of private papers of any one in early glossy Europe. His lifestyles and idea ahead of the lengthy Parliament are conscientiously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian competitors of King Charles I's rules will 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 in the course of the civil battle that all started in 1642. D'Ewes accrued one of many biggest inner most libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue old and antiquarian learn. He information of nationwide and foreign occasions voraciously and conveyed his reviews of them to his associates in lots of hundreds and hundreds of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the existence and ideas of this remarkable observer, delivering clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.
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