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An Industrious MindThe Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes$
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J. Sears McGee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785464

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785464.001.0001

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“The whole time & minde are filled with law”—1620–1626

“The whole time & minde are filled with law”—1620–1626

(p.44) Chapter 2 “The whole time & minde are filled with law”—1620–1626
An Industrious Mind

J. Sears McGee

Stanford University Press

From 1620 until late in 1626, D’Ewes spent most of his time as a student of the common law at the Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court that provided legal education. His initially reluctant and ultimately successful immersion in the law is one of five themes into which the chapter is divided. The second is his fascination with the historical documents he began to read in the Tower of London and other archives and his decision to write a history of England based on them. The third is his growing preoccupation with the news of events at home and abroad, and the fourth is his continuing spiritual development as he became as much a consumer of sermons as of news. The fifth is the complicated story of his repeated attempts to find a bride which finally succeeded with his marriage to Ann Clopton in 1626.

Keywords:   Middle Temple, Inns of Court, common law, historical documents, earldom of Oxford, Sir Robert Cotton, soteriology

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