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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 warfare, 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, recommendations and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main large archive of private papers of any person in early smooth Europe. His lifestyles and notion ahead of the lengthy Parliament are rigorously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian rivals of King Charles I's regulations might 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 conflict that all started in 1642. D'Ewes amassed one of many greatest inner most libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue ancient and antiquarian learn. 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 lifestyles and ideas of this amazing observer, supplying clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.

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