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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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“No end … but by the sword”

“No end … but by the sword”

(p.373) Chapter 8 “No end … but by the sword”
An Industrious Mind

J. Sears McGee

Stanford University Press

At the same time that he underwent his political Waterloo on July 23, 1642, D’Ewes was beginning his courtship of Elizabeth Willughby, the young woman who would become his second wife. The courtship proved no less complicated, although for different reasons, than his first one in 1626. After it, D’Ewes returned to the fray in Parliament (despite what some historians have asserted) and to the attempt to support a settlement with the king even though the war finally broke out in September 1642. The tragic death of Richard D’Ewes during the siege of Reading in April, 1643, was another heavy blow. Simonds continued to keep his journal until November 1645, and to attend, albeit less assiduously, until the army purged the House of Commons late in 1648. He continued to work on his Anglo-Saxon diary and collect and distribute news to his friends until his death in April 1650.

Keywords:   courtship, marriage, English civil war, Sir Henry Marten, Presbyterianism, numismatics, Pride’s Purge, genealogy

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