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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 facet opposed to the supporters of King Charles I within the English Civil conflict, and his large magazine of the lengthy Parliament, along with his autobiography and correspondence, supply a uniquely complete view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his reviews, ideas and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main broad archive of private papers of anybody in early sleek Europe. His existence and inspiration ahead of 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 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 through the civil struggle that started in 1642. D'Ewes accumulated one of many greatest deepest libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue historic and antiquarian examine. He information of nationwide and foreign occasions voraciously and conveyed his evaluations of them to his buddies in lots of hundreds of thousands of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the lifestyles and ideas of this outstanding observer, supplying clean perception into this pivotal time in ecu history.

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