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 aspect opposed to the supporters of King Charles I within the English Civil conflict, and his wide 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 reviews, innovations and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main wide archive of non-public papers of any person in early sleek Europe. His lifestyles and idea sooner than 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 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 conflict that begun in 1642. D'Ewes accrued one of many biggest deepest libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue historic and antiquarian study. He information of nationwide and overseas occasions voraciously and conveyed his reviews of them to his pals in lots of enormous quantities of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the existence and concepts of this awesome observer, supplying clean perception into this pivotal time in ecu history.

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