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 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 evaluations, techniques and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main wide archive of private papers of anyone in early smooth Europe. His lifestyles and proposal earlier than the lengthy Parliament are rigorously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian rivals of King Charles I's guidelines will be understood extra absolutely 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 battle that begun 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 historic and antiquarian learn. He information of nationwide and overseas occasions voraciously and conveyed his evaluations of them to his associates in lots of hundreds and hundreds of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the lifestyles and concepts of this awesome observer, supplying clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.

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