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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 childhood until death that can be ... More

Keywords: Simonds D’Ewes, Puritan, Parliamentarian, lawyer, gentleman, newshound, book and manuscript collector, antiquarian, historian, numismatist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780804785464
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Sears McGee, author
Department of History, University of California Santa Barbara