The Arch Conjuror of England by Glyn Parry
John Dee

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In this intensively researched book, we are invited to imagine Elizabethan England as a much stranger place than we had assumed.
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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.

 

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Glyn Parry is professor of history at Northumbria University, Newcastle.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Yale University Press. 357 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Graham Parry on Mar 09 2012

In this intensively researched book, we are invited to imagine Elizabethan England as a much stranger place than we had assumed.

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