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 part 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, supply a uniquely accomplished view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his critiques, techniques and prejudices in this tumultuous time.
D'Ewes left the main vast archive of non-public papers of anyone in early smooth Europe. His lifestyles and notion earlier than the lengthy Parliament are rigorously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian rivals of King Charles I's rules should be understood extra totally than that of the other Member of Parliament. even supposing 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 started in 1642. D'Ewes gathered 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 overseas occasions voraciously and conveyed his reviews of them to his buddies in lots of countless numbers of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the existence and ideas of this remarkable observer, supplying clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.
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