Alexander Charles Ewald

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Alexander Charles Ewald (1842–1891) was an English civil servant, known as a historical writer.

Life[edit]

He was born at Jerusalem, the son of Christian Ferdinand Ewald (1802–1874), who from a Jewish family became a Christian convert working for the London Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Jews. He was educated abroad and was appointed to a clerkship in the Public Record Office in 1861, rising to be senior clerk by 1890. He died at 31 Victoria Road, Upper Norwood, on 20 June 1891.[1]

Works[edit]

While at the Public Record Office, Ewald was mainly responsible for the completion of the work begun by Thomas Duffus Hardy in 1835: a full calendar and précis of the Norman Rolls-Henry V. It was printed in vols. xli. and xlii. of the Deputy-keeper's Reports (1880 and 1881), and supplemented by a glossary prepared by Ewald. He also wrote less technical historical works, including:[1]

  • A Reference Book of English History, 1866 and 1867.
  • Our Constitution: an Epitome of our Chief Laws and System of Government, 1867.
  • The Last Century of Universal History (1767–1867), 1868.
  • Our Public Records: a Brief Handbook to the National Archives, 1873.
  • Life and Times of Algernon Sydney, 1873, 2 vols.
  • Life and Times of Prince Charles Stuart, Count of Albany, 1875 and 1883, 2 vols.
  • Sir Robert Walpole: a Political Biography, 1877.
  • Representative Statesmen, 1879, 2 vols.
  • Stories from the State Papers, 1881, 2 vols.
  • The Rt. Hon. Benjamin Disraeli and his Times, 1883, 2 vols.
  • Leaders of the Senate: a Biographical History of the Rise and Development of the British Constitution, 1884–5, 2 vols.
  • Studies Re-studied: Historical Sketches from Original Sources, 1885.
  • The Life of Sir Joseph Napier, Bart., 1887.
  • Paper and Parchment (Record Office Studies), 1890.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1901). "Ewald, Alexander Charles". Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. 2. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLee, Sidney, ed. (1901). "Ewald, Alexander Charles". Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. 2. London: Smith, Elder & Co.