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  • Title: The Queen's Conjurer: The Science And Magic Of Dr. Dee
  • Author: Benjamin Woolley
  • ISBN: 9780002571395
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Hardcover

  • The Queen's Conjurer: The Science And Magic Of Dr. Dee By Benjamin Woolley A spellbinding portrait of Queen Elizabeth s conjuror the great philosopher, scientist and magician, Dr John Dee 1527 1608 and a history of Renaissance science that could well be the next Longitude.John Dee was one of the most influential philosophers of the Elizabethan Age A close confidant of Queen Elizabeth, he helped to introduce mathematics to England, promotedA spellbinding portrait of Queen Elizabeth s conjuror the great philosopher, scientist and magician, Dr John Dee 1527 1608 and a history of Renaissance science that could well be the next Longitude.John Dee was one of the most influential philosophers of the Elizabethan Age A close confidant of Queen Elizabeth, he helped to introduce mathematics to England, promoted the idea of maths as the basis of science, anticipated the invention of the telescope, charted the New World, and created one of the most magnificent libraries in Europe At the height of his fame, Dee was poised to become one of the greats of the Renaissance Yet he died in poverty and obscurity his crime was to dabble in magic.Based on Dee s secret diaries which record in fine detail his experiments with the occult, Woolley s bestselling book is a rich brew of Elizabethan court intrigue, science, intellectual exploration, discovery and misfortune And it tells the story of one man s epic but very personal struggle to come to terms with the fundamental dichotomy of the scientific age at the point it arose the choice between ancient wisdom and modern science as the path to truth.
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    Commentaires:

    Matt Comstock
    This is an historically dense read, almost overwhelming, but overlayed with a very human and tragic plot Dee was a brilliant renaissance scientist who became obsessed with communicating with angels through skryers It s hard to determine if his often reluctant skryer, Edward Kelley Talbot was psychotic or cunning or both In the end Kelley ended up making a name for himself as an alchemist the student become the master though he is subsequently tracked down and arrested for fraud or some such whil [...]

    Ron
    A very enjoyable and readable account of John Dee and how such an inquiring mind was so misled by skryers who cozened him Sad that he was so gullible From A fascinating portrait of one of the most brilliant, complex, and colorful figures of the Renaissance.Although his accomplishments were substantial he became a trusted confidante to Queen Elizabeth I, inspired the formation of the British Empire, and plotted voyages to the New World John Dee s story has been largely lost to history Beyond the [...]

    Pete daPixie
    Very many moons ago I read a biography of Dee After some forty years I thought it time to read another Benjamin Woolley s biog is just a few years published so The Queen s Conjuror is as up to the minute on the life and magic of Dr.Dee.One item I do recall from the first reading, is that Dee calculated a land mass in the southern oceans that Cooke eventually discovered However there is no mention of this here.Woolley has traced this life, in the main, through Dee s own diaries and various writin [...]

    Anthony
    This book was a lot of fun for me It had history and magic and, most importantly, a huge bibliography of old books I personally love books that direct me to other books.John Dee, for those of you that can t read the title, was an adviser Queen Elizabeth On the surface, he was a well read, intelligent mathematician whom the Queen trusted But, privately, he was an astrologer who apparently talked to angels Woolley never breaks the barrier of calling Dee crazy, nor does he support Dee s claims of s [...]

    Matthu Stull
    quite fascinating to speculate how large of an impact Dee had on the rise of the British empireere s a sort of before and after scenario,.were the angelic actions part of the destiny of some greater Britannical masterplan like neil gaiman s 1602, the new world was just about to be inhabited by the elizabethan paradigmter england so take control of a certain large amount of future USA.i continued the speculation to include Bacon s new atlantis and subsequent world domination of the english langua [...]

    Steve Lew
    The short review I wonder if I would have done better to have read some Dame Frances Yates The good I came to this book with only a vague sense of who Dee Kelly were and what they were doing, and really no knowledge of the socio political context in which they found themselves Now I know Mission accomplished.The bad I m not sure I got enough out of it to justify the 325 page slog through a grammaticized timeline The writing is reluctantly dry The many attempts made to liven it up only serve to b [...]

    Velvetink
    Borrowed this from a friend when it first came out Was totally fascinated with it, but only just remembered the correct title now to add it.

    Gareth Russell
    Fascinating account of Elizabeth I s most unlikely confidante Full of esoteric detail.

    Don
    Excellent humanist study The proper study of mankind being man of the Renaissance man par excellence Dee saw himself as England s own philosopher, but couldn t quite get the throne to acknowledge him as such, but was delegated to the position of being of an intelligenser, who is able to get info from foreign princes and kings in places like the Holy Roman Empire that were off limits to those of the Protestant persuasion His avid book collecting brought him into contact with the top minds of his [...]

    Sonya L Moore
    As a student of history, I was astonished that I had never even heard of this very important advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, let alone studied him I was glad this book was readable and held my attention so I could make his acquaintance.From A fascinating portrait of one of the most brilliant, complex, and colorful figures of the Renaissance.Although his accomplishments were substantial he became a trusted confidante to Queen Elizabeth I, inspired the formation of the British Empire, and plotted vo [...]

    Rae
    I found this book a fairly good historical read, which attempted to balance a thorough account of Dee s angelic actions with the skryer Edward Kelley against an understanding of his place in the development of history and mathematics I was struck by the thought that, if Dee had not put so much of his energy into these conversations with angels, his methodology would likely be hailed as one of the precursors of the modern scientific method Woolley makes a good case that Dee did not see a distinct [...]

    Leslie
    John Dee, the mystical figure from history most often associated with translating grim magical texts, raising demons, communicating with angels, actually was one of the foremost scientific minds of his time He was played a crucial role in early circumnavigation efforts, indeed he was able to trace back British land rights to the New World Atlantis North America, and first coined the term, THE BRITISH EMPIRE, to Elizabeth I, laying out a detailed economic analysis of the country and the means by [...]

    Julian
    Excellent narrative history and biography of genius Elizabethan polymath Dr John Dee A wildly brilliant man and mind undone by Elizabethan court politics, bad luck and an eventually ruinous partnership with medium or skryer Edward Kelly Kelly, a confidence trickster, gradually diminishes Dee to the point of his ruin Dee built up one of the largest private library s of the Elizabethan period, and one of the most heartbreaking things is his later discovery of its ruination upon returning to Englan [...]

    Allison Thurman
    Fascinating less for the biography of Dee himself as the relationship between Dee and his chief scryer , Edward Kelly On the surface it seems obvious that Kelly was a fraud who successfully scammed Dee, but it seems much complicated even Kelly doubted his visions at times, the language of the angels that they developed together had grammar and syntax that appeared unlike any other language.This inspires a number of questions was Kelly a phony, or a real phony did he believe his own hype How cou [...]

    Orsolya
    I once dated a gothic guy who was very much into New Age, metaphysical, and dark topics He even though he spoke to demons and soon enough, I swear I started seeing shadows lurking in my apartment Anyway, I digress and thankfully that is out of my life He knew that I was a hugh fan of Tudor England and mentioned Dr Dee to me, whom at the time, was a pure mystery except for the brief mentionings in Elizabeth books.Thusly, I had high hopes for a look into Dr Dee s work Sadly, this book is dryer tha [...]

    Kathleen Tahk
    Yes, this is a bit of a fluffy piece of pop history writing by a journalist and not a ahem professional historian, but John Dee is the kind of character whose thoroughly eccentric real life suits this entertaining genre of history writing perfectly Dee, astrologer, mystic, scientist, was simultaneously an utterly idiosyncratic mind and a perfect representation of early modern thought, which was as fascinated by occultism as its was by scientific observation and often than not tried to integrate [...]

    Tom Cöle
    A compelling and robust book which goes beyond being a mere biography of Dee and paints a vivid picture of Tudor life, both intellectual and historical The book also makes the interesting point that medieval occult texts may have had to do with cryptography than magic, an idea which I hadn t encountered before reading it Woolley s accounts of the scrying sessions engaged in by Dee and Kelley are so vivid that the reader almost feels as though they re stood behind the pair, peering over their sh [...]

    Ivan Voras
    A good overview of Dr Dee s life, created apparently solely from his own writings and historical records about him, without much delving into the mystical stories about him.As a biography, it s useful for finding out where he went and what he did As a story, it s somewhat dry Apparently, there are not that many historical records to reconstruct the story.I very much expected to get details about some of the interesting topics his alleged spying across the European courts, interactions with th [...]

    Orin Holland
    Reading this book reminded me how interesting biography can be, esp when the time period is much different than the modern day I have been vaguely aware of the figure of Dr Dee, because of his mythical role in the transmission of Enochian Magic, a topic of much interest to contemporary occultists The presentation of the mundane aspects of Dee s life were just as fascinating, and I appreciated the presentation of the spirit conversations as a perfectly natural pursuit of the learned men of the d [...]

    David
    An account of the life and times of Elizabethan England s foremost philosophical occultist John Dee was a scholar so cutting edge that he went a bit over the edge A brilliant man who boldly followed his curiosity wherever it led, Dee explored mapmaking, calendar reform, and astronomy He also investigated alchemy and astrology, two subjects that Dee s contemporaries believed to be as scientific, if not so, than odd notions like Copernicus s belief that the Earth orbited the Sun It was spiritual [...]

    Douglas Leslie
    An utterly fantastic work, Woolley s writing keeps you captivated and entertained throughout he approaches Dee s life from all aspects, from his childhood, to his jail time, his astronomical workings to the North West Passage, and everything else, including going into some detail about some of the characters and Lords he met within his life Woolley has covered all aspects of John Dee in this book, and his efforts certainly shine through A highly recommended book for anybody who is interested in [...]

    Misha
    I recently experienced the fantastic exhibit of Dee s books and items at The Royal College of Physicans in London The Queen s Conjuror is a beautifully done bio of a fascinating polymath who, under the spell of the medium Edward Kelley, eventually fell out of favor with the court and ended his life in sad, tragic ruin Woolley does his part to rescue Dee from his notorious reputation as a necromancer and restore his legacy as a mathematician, inventor, economist, and cryptographer LOVED.

    Marc
    Fascinating treatment of John Dee that was clear on the sources used, respectful of Dee and engaging to read While his preoccupation with angels and the methods he used to talk to them might seem very odd to a modern reader, the author paints a sympathetic, fleshed out image of him Includes interesting notes on other better known figures of the time whose occult dabblings are often overlooked.

    Dru
    A great biography for those who wish to raise the veil of mystery around this man Unfortunately it also made him seem petty and selfish I suppose this is the case for many of the mysterious figures of history Dee, Nostradamus, Rasputin, etc , but it was a bit discouraging to see him reduced from conjurer to petty bullshit artist

    Luna Ofthenight
    Draws the human side of the historical figure A book rich in history and background detail I ve been fascinated by Dee for years but this is the first biography specifically detailing as much of his life as is possible that I ve read I wasn t disappointed, for anyone interested in Tudor history and Dee himself this is a fascinating read.

    Tim Corke
    A difficult book to get into but an excellent biography into the fascinating Elizabethan world of religious turmoil, mysticism and the evolution of science and mathematics Sir John Dee s troubled journeys across the Continent to the courts of Emperors and Monarchs cannot help to pull you in travelling alongside him A great read.

    Elizabeth Ashworth
    I m reading this as part of my research into a new novel on the subject of Dr John Dee and his wife Jane This book gives a brief, but fairly comprehensive look at the life of John Dee and in particular his association with Edward Kelley It is well researched and there are plenty of footnotes and links to other publications that I will find useful

    Redsteve
    I ve read this book before, but pretty much skimmed everything after the first few years of Elizabeth s reign, since at the time I was using it to prep for an Elizabethan Feast set in 1559 Somehow I totally missed out on the John Dee Edward Kelley wife swapping incident in this book I love history.

    Stephanie
    A non fiction page turner Mr Woolley channels his inner Dan Brown by creating cliff hangers at the end of each chapter I loved it Not only did I learn a lot about the mysterious Dr Dee, it made me appreciate the stars again and marvel at how convincing humans can be.

    Jamie Godsafe
    If you only ever read one bok about John Dee then make sure it s this one.It s a colourful, living account of his life and deeds and makes for fascinating reading without dwelling on Enochian magic as if it was the only thing he ever achieved.

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