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A attention-grabbing portrait of 1 of the main amazing, advanced, and colourful figures of the Renaissance.

Although his accomplishments have been giant -- he grew to become a depended on confidante to Queen Elizabeth I, encouraged the formation of the British Empire, and plotted voyages to the recent World-John Dee's tale has been mostly misplaced to heritage. past the political sphere his highbrow targets ranged from the clinical to the occult. His arithmetic expected Isaac Newton by means of approximately a century, whereas his mapmaking and navigation have been serious to exploration. He was once additionally keen about alchemy, astrology, and mysticism. His library was once one of many most interesting in Europe, an unlimited compendium of millions of volumes. but, regardless of his strong place and prodigious mind, Dee died in poverty and obscurity, reviled and pitied as a madman.

Benjamin Woolley tells the engrossing tale of the increase and fall of this amazing guy, who wielded nice effect in the course of the pivotal period while the age of superstition collided with the recent global of technological know-how and cause. Written with aptitude and power, in line with a number of surviving diaries of the interval, The Queen's Conjurer is a hugely readable account of a rare life.

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However, Dee could not be counted a commttted Protestant either. He showed a certain partiality for Catholic rites in later life, and was comfortable among Catholic activists, such as Sir George Peckham, whom Dee advised on setting up a Catholic colony in the New World. Such mixed messages left many of those who met him wondering where his loyalties lay. "13 In fact, Dee was a deeply committed Christian. His diaries are filled with heartfelt expressions of piety, including accounts of lengthy sessions of anguished prayer and supplication conduc�ed in his private chapel.

M. As 'soon as Edward was dead, Northumberland attempted to install Lady Jane Grey on the throne. P opular sentiment, nimble aristocratic loyalties, and the law favored Mary. Within days, she had asserted her claim and won over most of Northumberland's allies, including the earl of P embroke, who stood outside Castle Baynard, his London home, and threw a "cap full of angels" to the people (an angel was the name of a com) to celebrate her accession. He also announced the annulment of his son's marriage to Kather­ ine Grey, which he had taken the precaution of ensu,ring remained unconsummated.

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