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 part opposed to the supporters of King Charles I within the English Civil warfare, and his broad 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 evaluations, strategies and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main large archive of private papers of any one in early smooth Europe. His lifestyles and suggestion ahead of the lengthy Parliament are conscientiously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian competitors of King Charles I's guidelines might 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 gathered one of many greatest inner most libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue old and antiquarian examine. He information of nationwide and foreign occasions voraciously and conveyed his critiques of them to his acquaintances in lots of hundreds and hundreds of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the existence and ideas of this impressive observer, providing clean perception into this pivotal time in ecu history.

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