By J. Sears McGee
D'Ewes left the main broad archive of private papers of any person in early glossy Europe. His lifestyles and proposal sooner than the lengthy Parliament are conscientiously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian rivals of King Charles I's guidelines should 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 accumulated one of many greatest deepest libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue historic and antiquarian learn. He information of nationwide and overseas occasions voraciously and conveyed his reviews of them to his acquaintances in lots of 1000's 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 eu history.
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2 Indeed, so intense was his grandfather’s interest that it produced one of the few jokes Simonds related in his entire autobiography—though the jest was of his mother’s making rather than his own. His father, he reported, told of the “pretty speach” his mother had made when he arrived at Coxden from London during the midsummer vacation in 1602. ” Since she was “an exemplarie patterne of pietie and virtue,” his father understood that she was joking. 3 And so it came to pass, at least for much of his youth.
Reynolds impressed upon him the need “to take notes in writing at sermons,” and as he did so he became, as he put it, “a rationall hearer” of God’s word for the first time. ”29 11 12 Introduction: “An industrious mind” Characteristically, upon achieving each step forward, D’Ewes disparaged much of what he had done before. His additional steps will be identified in subsequent chapters, but one must be mentioned here. The historical researches that he began in London in 1623 came to include by 1626 (if not sooner), the study of the early history of Christianity in Britain.
The historical researches that he began in London in 1623 came to include by 1626 (if not sooner), the study of the early history of Christianity in Britain. From his reading of Gildas, Nennius, and other medieval writers, he discovered a narrative of the history of Christendom itself which could be mapped on to his own experience of the anti-Calvinism that was—to his horror—gaining adherents in England during the 1620s. He became convinced that “true religion” in his sense had been practiced among the Anglo-Saxons in England and Wales after their conquest of the Romans.
An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes by J. Sears McGee