An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes by J. Sears McGee

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 battle, 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, recommendations and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main large archive of non-public papers of anyone in early sleek Europe. His existence and proposal prior to the lengthy Parliament are rigorously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian competitors of King Charles I's rules 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 in the course of the civil warfare that all started in 1642. D'Ewes amassed one of many greatest deepest libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue old and antiquarian learn. He information of nationwide and overseas occasions voraciously and conveyed his evaluations of them to his pals in lots of 1000's of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the existence and concepts of this impressive observer, providing clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.

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