The Arch Conjuror of England John Dee Glyn Parry

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
15 Apr 2013
ISBN:
9780300194098
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
352 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
14 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

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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 colorful and controversial figures of the Tudor world. In this fascinating book—the first full-length biography of Dee based on primary historical sources—Glyn 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.

Glyn Parry is professor of history at Northumbria University, Newcastle.