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 large magazine of the lengthy Parliament, along with his autobiography and correspondence, provide a uniquely accomplished view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his critiques, concepts and prejudices in this tumultuous time.
D'Ewes left the main huge archive of non-public papers of anyone in early smooth Europe. His lifestyles and inspiration ahead of the lengthy Parliament are rigorously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian competitors of King Charles I's guidelines might 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 all started in 1642. D'Ewes accumulated one of many biggest deepest libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue historic and antiquarian examine. He information of nationwide and overseas occasions voraciously and conveyed his evaluations of them to his neighbors in lots of hundreds of thousands of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the existence and ideas of this amazing observer, delivering clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.
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