By J. Sears McGee

ISBN-10: 0804785465

ISBN-13: 9780804785464

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 struggle, and his broad magazine of the lengthy Parliament, along with his autobiography and correspondence, provide a uniquely finished view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his reviews, ideas and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main huge archive of non-public papers of any person in early glossy Europe. His lifestyles and suggestion sooner than the lengthy Parliament are conscientiously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian competitors of King Charles I's regulations 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 in the course of the civil warfare that started in 1642. D'Ewes gathered one of many greatest deepest libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue ancient and antiquarian examine. He information of nationwide and overseas occasions voraciously and conveyed his reviews of them to his associates in lots of hundreds of thousands of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the lifestyles and ideas of this striking observer, delivering clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.

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