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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 vast 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 evaluations, options and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main broad archive of non-public papers of any one in early sleek Europe. His existence and inspiration earlier than the lengthy Parliament are conscientiously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian competitors of King Charles I's regulations might 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 in the course of the civil conflict 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 study. He information of nationwide and foreign occasions voraciously and conveyed his critiques of them to his pals in lots of countless numbers of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the lifestyles and concepts of this impressive observer, providing clean perception into this pivotal time in ecu history.

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