New PDF release: An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes

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 battle, and his wide magazine of the lengthy Parliament, with his autobiography and correspondence, supply a uniquely entire view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his evaluations, concepts and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main vast archive of non-public papers of any person in early smooth Europe. His lifestyles and concept sooner than the lengthy Parliament are conscientiously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian rivals of King Charles I's guidelines could 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 accumulated one of many biggest inner most libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue ancient and antiquarian examine. He information of nationwide and foreign occasions voraciously and conveyed his reviews of them to his pals in lots of countless numbers of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the lifestyles and ideas of this remarkable observer, delivering clean perception into this pivotal time in ecu history.

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