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

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

J. Sears McGee

This is the first biography of Sir Simonds D’Ewes, an English country gentleman, lawyer, Puritan, historian and antiquarian who lived from 1602-1650. He left the most extensive archive of personal papers of any individual in early modern Europe, and this is the first thorough exploration of it. Biographies of his contemporaries usually emphasize either their public or private lives, but not both, because of the limitations of the sources. For D’Ewes, both are richly available and provide the basis for the most detailed description of an individual’s life from ... Read more



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