New PDF release: An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes

By J. Sears McGee

ISBN-10: 0804785465

ISBN-13: 9780804785464

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 warfare, and his broad magazine of the lengthy Parliament, along with his autobiography and correspondence, provide a uniquely complete view of the lifetime of a seventeenth-century English gentleman, his critiques, options and prejudices in this tumultuous time.

D'Ewes left the main huge archive of private papers of any person in early smooth Europe. His lifestyles and inspiration prior to the lengthy Parliament are conscientiously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian rivals of King Charles I's rules might be understood extra totally than that of the other Member of Parliament. even though conservative in social and political phrases, D'Ewes's Puritanism avoided him from becoming a member of his Royalist more youthful brother Richard throughout the civil conflict that all started in 1642. D'Ewes accumulated one of many biggest inner most libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue old and antiquarian learn. He information of nationwide and foreign occasions voraciously and conveyed his reviews of them to his neighbors in lots of countless numbers of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the existence and concepts of this amazing observer, providing clean perception into this pivotal time in ecu history.

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Although there only eighteen months, Simonds concluded that he “profited moore in this shorte space vnder his milde and louing government” than in all his earlier schooling. 45 A paper that he wrote headed “a breife meaning of Gods Law” may have been intended for his mother at this time. 47 Simonds believed that he had gained much from Dickenson’s tutelage. ” Indeed, when a certain Mr. ╯. ” This “soe nettled” poor Hubbard that he soon fled. 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.

Historians who have relied only on his autobiography will be surprised to learn that a diary he kept from 1622 to 1624 and letters written during the final years of James I’s reign show him to have been a severe critic of James and an admirer of Prince Charles. The autobiography, written in 1636–38, tells a different story. Chapter 3 (1626–31) drops the law but retains the other four categories listed above. They recur in the remaining chapters because they were important to him for the rest of his life.

23 D’Ewes listened to Sir William Harvey’s lectures on anatomy and George Herbert’s on rhetoric. He frequently visited the famous library that Sir Robert Cotton was building at Westminster, worked closely with Cotton, and learned much about collecting books and manuscripts that applied to his own collection. He heard John Donne and many other eminent divines preach. He watched George Villiers, duke of Buckingham, in the company of the two kings who made him their favorite. He cultivated an extensive set of friends and contacts in England and beyond it, and with them he avidly exchanged news of public events.

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