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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 highest stepp of wickednes”—1631–1639

“The highest stepp of wickednes”—1631–1639

(p.237) Chapter 5 “The highest stepp of wickednes”—1631–1639
An Industrious Mind

J. Sears McGee

Stanford University Press

This chapter treats the continuing development of D’Ewes’s political and religious ideology and its relation to news from abroad and at home in the 1630s. At home his anger against and fear of the advance of the Laudian party of churchmen (which he believed was part of plot to restore Roman Catholicism and overthrow Protestantism) increased, culminating in a personal attack on him from the pulpit of his parish church at Stowlangtoft by a minion of Matthew Wren, bishop of Norwich. D’Ewes met with and advised the young Elector Palatine and corresponded with his exiled mother, Elizabeth (daughter of James I) and widow of Frederick Elector Palatine. D’Ewes began writing his autobiography and his interest in the possibility of emigration to Massachusetts in order to escape the religious persecution he expected increased. He wrote a treatise against persecution which he could not publish due to censorship by the Laudians.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia, Elector Palatine, ship money, Scotland, Prayer Book Rebellion, idolatry, New England, persecution, William Laud, Matthew Wren

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