By J. Sears McGee
D'Ewes left the main large archive of non-public papers of anyone in early glossy 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 rules might be understood extra absolutely 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 through the civil battle that all started 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 learn. He information of nationwide and foreign occasions voraciously and conveyed his evaluations of them to his associates in lots of 1000s of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the lifestyles and concepts of this remarkable observer, supplying clean perception into this pivotal time in ecu history.
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Soon after his grandfather’s death in 1611, the D’Ewes family suffered yet another loss. Their property at Welshall was awarded to a widow who claimed title to the lands on the grounds that her late husband had sold it to Paul D’Ewes even though it was part of her jointure and not his to sell. 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.
He related the rumor that Henry died because, while playing tennis, he had eaten poisoned grapes, and he hinted that the poisoners were part of a Roman Catholic conspiracy. ”20 The prince had resisted a marriage of his sister, Princess Elizabeth, into the Howard family of powerful, Catholic-leaning courtiers. â•¯. ” This judgment was based on the opinions Simonds acquired during the 1620s and 1630s, and we will investigate the basis for them below, but note should here be taken of a central theme in his mature religious and political position.
He embodied one of the varieties of religious zeal that mightily strengthened the Parliamentarian party in the early 1640s, however disenchanted he became with the direction of events later on. His religious beliefs had profound political consequences, and by understanding these beliefs—in the holding of which he was very far from alone—the causation and course of the civil wars in Britain can be more firmly grasped. This book has a straightforward chronological structure. Chapter 1 (1602–20) describes D’Ewes’s birth, childhood, and education.