An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes

An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D'Ewes

by J. Sears McGee

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ISBN-13: 9780804785464
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 03/18/2015
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

J. Sears McGee is Professor of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Table of Contents

List of Figures x

Preface xi

Abbreviations xv

Author's Note xix

Introduction: "An industrious mind" 1

1 "A rationall hearer"-1602-1620 17

Early Schooling in Dorset 19

London and Suffolk 24

St. John's College, Cambridge 29

The Summons to the Middle Temple 39

2 "The whole time & minde are filled with law"-1620-1626 44

The Law Student 46

A Slow Start 46

The Call to the Bar 50

The Historian 53

The Discovery of "Records," 55

The D'Ewes Saga 59

The Earldom of Oxford 67

The Newshound in London 69

D'Ewes's Sources for News 71

The Credibility and Dissemination of News 75

The Spanish Marriage 76

A New King 79

A Plethora of Parliaments 82

The Sermon Gadder 87

The Stowlangtoft Pulpit 91

The (Almost) Complete Puritan 93

Soteriological Debates 97

The Widow Ogle 99

The Suitor 102

The Failed Attempts 103

The "Golden Valentine," 105

Lady Elizabeth Denton 108

Lady Anne Clopton 110

3 "To dippe My Pen in teares Not inke"-1626-1631 116

The Complete Puritan 118

Assurance of Salvation 119

The Habsburg Threat 123

The Early Britons and Pelagianism 125

The Novellor 130

The 1626 Parliament and the Forced Loan 132

The La Rochelle Debacle 134

1628: Great Britain's Strength and Weakness 136

The Assassination of Buckingham 143

The 1629 Dissolution 149

The Habsburg Onslaught 154

The Habsburg Retreat 157

The Antiquarian and Collector 162

Buying Manuscripts and Books 163

The History of Britain 164

The Young Husband 171

Islington 175

The Death of Paul D'Ewes 179

4 "My dearest dearest"-1631-1639 186

The Search for a Home 187

Deaths and Dangers 188

Bringing Up Richard 192

Peripatetic Again 196

Bereft Parents 198

The Travels of Richard 205

Richard's Grand Tour 208

Italy Geneva, and the Homeward Turn 214

The Scholarly Collector 218

Sir Robert Cotton's Demise 220

Preserving the Library 222

Projects Old and New 225

The Last Sabbatical 234

5 "The highest stepp of wickednes"-1631-1639 237

The Newshound in Suffolk 237

The Protestant Cause 239

The Queen of Bohemia and the Prince Elector 246

Ship Money and the Prayer Book Rebellion 254

The Iconophobic Puritan 257

A Trumpet Blast against "Altar-adorers," 260

The Treatise on Idolatry 265

The Treatise on Persecution 268

The Lure of New England 275

6 "An Iliad of miseries"-1639-1640 282

The Sheriff of Suffolk 283

The Illegality of Ship Money 285

The (Non)-collection of Ship Money 289

The Anglo-Saxon Dictionary 294

The New Parliament 301

The MP Approaches His Task 305

A Waiter Mitty? 309

An Industrious MP 312

The MP-the First Six Weeks 314

7 "Stub vp the rootes of all our mischifes" (December, 1640-July, 1642) 324

The MP-December, 1640-July, 1641) 324

Parliamentary Privileges 324

Taxation 332

The Earl of Strafford 335

The Assault on Episcopacy 337

The Bereft Husband 341

The MP-August 1641 to July 1642 348

Reform of Religion 348

The "Incident" in Scotland and Rebellion in Ireland 350

The Attempt on the Five Members 355

The "Paper War," 359

The "Fiery Spirits," 365

The Day of Humiliation 368

8 No end… but by the sword" 373

The Willughby Marriage 374

The MP Returns to the Fray 382

The Continuing Quest for Peace 385

The Death of Richard D'Ewes 390

More Fiery Spirits 393

Peace or War? 395

Horses, Taxes, and Oaths 400

A Presbyterian Church of England? 407

Preachers and Pulpits 412

The last Years 417

The Numismatist 418

Documents, Descents, and Dictionaries 419

Pride's Purge 425

Private Life-and Death 427

Epilogue 432

Appendixes

A The D'Ewes Genealogy 437

B The Children of Sir Edmonds D'Ewes 438

Notes 439

Index 493

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