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The arch-conjuror of England [electronic resource] : John Dee /
Glyn Parry.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.
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xii, 335 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
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0300117191 (cl : alk. paper), 9780300117196 (cl : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.
isbn
0300117191 (cl : alk. paper)
9780300117196 (cl : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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11947244
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-321) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-08-01:
Parry (Victoria Univ. of Wellington, New Zealand) offers a deeply researched biography of the English astrologer, kabbalist, and book collector John Dee that amply demonstrates the importance of occult pursuits in Tudor politics and court life. Parry situates Dee's angelic conversations and alchemical practice within a detailed account of his struggles to secure patronage. Dee used his prognostications to curry favor with influential courtiers and with Queen Elizabeth I herself, but he was dogged by uncertain finances and the periodic resurgence of a derogatory mention in John Foxe's extremely popular Acts and Monuments. It was political miscalculation rather than widespread skepticism about either astrology or alchemy that undermined Dee. Indeed, despite his learning in mathematics and optics and his attempts to impress Elizabeth by prophesying her rise to pan-European power, Dee seems to have been unsuccessful as an alchemist and caught on the wrong side of the political and religious wind at key moments. The book concludes with a brief guide to previous scholarship on Dee, which has generally focused on the peculiarities of his philosophy. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. W. McCormack University of Notre Dame
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Shortlisted for the 2013 Longman/History Today Book Prize.
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Outlandish alchemist and magician, political intelligencer, apocalyptic prophet, and converser with angels, John Dee (15271609) was one of the most colorful and controversial figures of the Tudor world. In this fascinating bookthe first full-length biography of Dee based on primary historical sourcesGlyn Parry explores Dee's vast array of political, magical, and scientific writings and finds that they cast significant new light on policy struggles in the Elizabethan court, conservative attacks on magic, and Europe's religious wars. John Dee was more than just a fringe magus, Parry shows: he was a major figure of the Reformation and Renaissance.
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Outlandish alchemist and magician, political intelligencer, apocalyptic prophet, and converser with angels, John Dee (1527-1609) was one of the most colourful and controversial figures of the Tudor world. Here, Parry explores Dee's vast array of political, magical, and scientific writings.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. x
A World Full of Magicp. 1
The Rays of Celestial Virtuep. 16
Conjuring the Futurep. 30
A Royal Occult Institutep. 38
The Kabbalah of Creationp. 47
'The Great Conjuror'p. 60
Hunting for the Philosopher s Stonep. 71
War Amongst the Alchemistsp. 81
Recovering the Lost Empirep. 94
'More is hid, than uttered': The PhilosopherÆs Stone and Empirep. 103
Rehabilitating 'The Arch-Conjuror'p. 114
Defending Elizabeth against the Dark Artsp. 127
'The winking eye of AchitophelÆp. 138
'Misbegotten time': Reforming the Calendarp. 146
Called to a KingÆs Office: Laski and the Second Corningp. 162
'Chief Governor of our Philosophical proceedings'p. 179
The Magnificent Master Alchemistp. 194
The Counter-Revolution Against Magicp. 205
Conjuring up a Spanish Conquestp. 217
Checkmate: Exiling the Conjuror to Manchesterp. 238
Demonising the Exorcistsp. 257
Further Readingp. 273
Abbreviationsp. 275
Notesp. 276
Indexp. 322
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