By J. Sears McGee
D'Ewes left the main huge archive of non-public papers of any one in early sleek Europe. His existence and suggestion earlier than the lengthy Parliament are rigorously analyzed, in order that the brain of 1 of the Parliamentarian competitors of King Charles I's regulations 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 throughout the civil warfare that started in 1642. D'Ewes amassed one of many biggest inner most libraries of books and manuscripts in England in his period and used them to pursue historic and antiquarian learn. He information of nationwide and foreign occasions voraciously and conveyed his critiques of them to his buddies in lots of enormous quantities of letters. McGee's biography is the 1st thorough exploration of the lifestyles and concepts of this amazing observer, delivering clean perception into this pivotal time in eu history.
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44 This was the first of many court ceremonies that Simonds would observe over the years and analyze for their political implications. Despite the progress he made under Mr. Reynolds, Simonds wrote that he suffered “much affliction” as a result of “emergent grudges” that arose between them. It is not clear what these were, but they were serious enough in his mind to make him conclude that he should leave Reynolds’s school after two years. He wrote “earnest letters” to his mother and persuaded her to arrange a move to his fifth school, Bury School (founded in 1550) in Bury St Edmunds, early in 1617.
He lived during one of the most violent and tumultuous periods of Britain’s history, and he was not only a well-placed observer and recorder of the famous events but also a participant in many of them. Even as late as 1645, he was by no means a burnt-out political case, and he was still regarded as a sufficiently dangerous enemy of the victorious Roundhead army’s agenda to be among those arrested during Pride’s Purge on December 6, 1648. D’Ewes and his friend Sir Edward Dering shared many antiquarian and genealogical interests and served together as members of the Long Parliament.
Mr. Reynolds, unlike his earlier teachers, encouraged spiritual growth in his students. He taught Simonds how “to take notes in writing at sermons,” and the young man praised his schoolmaster for helping him to take the important step forward of becoming what he called “a rationall hearer” of the word of God. ”36 Presumably, Simonds first exercised these gifts in front of Reynolds’s family and his fellow scholars in London, although the family from which he came was one in which such precocious piety would have been admiredâ•‰Â�Â� and encouraged.
An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes by J. Sears McGee