An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes by J. Sears McGee

By J. Sears McGee

This can be 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 battle, and his wide magazine of the lengthy Parliament, along with his autobiography and correspondence, provide a uniquely entire view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his reviews, concepts and prejudices in this tumultuous time. D'Ewes left the main wide archive of non-public papers of any person in early glossy 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 rules will 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 struggle 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 study. He information of nationwide and foreign occasions voraciously and conveyed his critiques of them to his pals in lots of 1000's of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the existence and concepts of this outstanding observer, supplying clean perception into this pivotal time in eu heritage.

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She then occupied Welshall until her own death in August 1632, a year and a half after Paul’s death. ”17 Paul and Sissilia debated whether to send Simonds to school in Lavenham or Dorset. 18 His original schoolmaster, Richard White, had retired from teaching, and so, after due investigation, they chose a school at nearby Wambroke run by Christopher Malaker. Simonds remained there from 1611 to 1614. 19 While at Wambroke, the eleven-year-old Simonds experienced “the first publike greife” he could remember being aware of—the demise of James I’s eldest son, Prince Henry, on November 6, 1612.

Chapter 1 (1602–20) describes D’Ewes’s birth, childhood, and education. Chapter 2 (1620–26) concerns the years of his study of the common law of England at the Middle Temple in London. I here introduce five subsections, each treating an important aspect of his activities: legal study, historical/antiquarian research, news and politics, spirituality, and private life. D’Ewes was called to the bar in 1623 and appeared headed for a legal career. He followed the course of the parliaments of the 1620s with intense interest.

This would not be the last time that Simonds displayed a readiness to confront clergymen who did not come up to his standards of learning, zeal, and theological judgment. ”48 He could not have foreseen that his note-taking skills would enable him to create the parliamentary journal that is the basis of his modern fame. St. John’s College, Cambridge Despite the “sweet and happie life” he enjoyed at Bury School, Simonds began to yearn to follow several of his friends who had gone up to Cambridge.

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