By J. Sears McGee
D'Ewes left the main wide archive of non-public papers of anybody in early glossy Europe. His lifestyles and notion ahead of the lengthy Parliament are rigorously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian rivals 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 throughout the civil struggle that begun in 1642. D'Ewes accrued one of many biggest deepest libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue old and antiquarian examine. 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 notable observer, delivering clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.
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41 Sissilia’s above-mentionÂ�ed affection for Abraham Gibson’s preaching and counsel further supports the conclusion that Simonds could not have escaped a Puritan upbringing if he had wanted to, and it is evident that he admired her care for the religious education of himself and his siblings. The young Puritan did not spend all of his time in London studying, assiduous though he was, and his piety did not prevent him from taking a keen interest in what went on at the royal court. His autobiography includes a lengthy narration of the scandal that ensued in the autumn of 1615 upon the discovery of the fatal poisoning of Sir Thomas Overbury at the instigation of the countess of Somerset, wife of James I’s favorite, Robert Carr, earl of Somerset.
From his schoolmaster in London, Mr. Henry Reynolds, he learned that merely hearing sermons was not enough. 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.
When D’Ewes sought election to the Long Parliament, he did so in the fierce conviction that the “impious bishops” had to be brought down and the Church of England restored to the doctrine it had held and the worship it had practiced during his parents’ lifetime, his own youth, and among the ancient Britons. â•¯. ”35 In social and constitutional terms D’Ewes was conservative, and his conscience drove him to fight not for a new Church of England but for its restoration to the purity he believed it had enjoyed in earlier times.
An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes by J. Sears McGee