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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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“An Iliad of miseries”—1639–1640

“An Iliad of miseries”—1639–1640

(p.282) Chapter 6 “An Iliad of miseries”—1639–1640
An Industrious Mind

J. Sears McGee

Stanford University Press

In November, 1639, King Charles I appointed D’Ewes as the sheriff of Suffolk, his first public office and a highly unwelcome one because he was charged with collecting the hated levy known as “ship money.” Stuck with this task for a year, he spent most of his energy dragging his feet and attracting the ire of the Privy Council in London (like many of his fellow sheriffs around the country). Yet he also managed to find time to work on a project he had begun earlier, the production of an Anglo-Saxon/English dictionary. In October, 1640, he was elected to represent the town of Suffolk in the new parliament that the king had called, the first since 1629. The chapter concludes with a descriptions of D’Ewes’s efforts in the House of Commons to overthrow the religious and political policies the king had introduced.

Keywords:   shrievalty, ship money, Anglo-Saxon, episcopacy, Root and Branch Petition

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