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 accomplished view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his reviews, ideas and prejudices in this tumultuous time.
D'Ewes left the main large archive of non-public papers of any one in early smooth Europe. His existence and idea earlier than the lengthy Parliament are conscientiously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian rivals of King Charles I's rules may 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 throughout the civil struggle that started in 1642. D'Ewes accumulated one of many greatest inner most libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue old and antiquarian study. He information of nationwide and overseas occasions voraciously and conveyed his critiques 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 amazing observer, delivering clean perception into this pivotal time in ecu history.
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