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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 part opposed to the supporters of King Charles I within the English Civil warfare, and his vast magazine of the lengthy Parliament, with his autobiography and correspondence, supply a uniquely complete view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his evaluations, techniques and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main huge archive of non-public papers of any person in early smooth Europe. His lifestyles and proposal ahead of the lengthy Parliament are rigorously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian competitors of King Charles I's regulations might be understood extra absolutely than that of the other Member of Parliament. even supposing 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 conflict that begun 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 buddies in lots of 1000's of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the lifestyles and ideas of this remarkable observer, supplying clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.

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