John Dee's Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 13, 1999 - History - 252 pages
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Elizabethan England's most famous natural philosopher John Dee recorded his reflections on the natural world, the practice of natural philosophy, and the apocalypse in a series of conversations with angels, which have long been an enigmatic facet of his life and work. This book makes extensive use of Dee's library and annotations to clarify this mystery by providing a detailed analysis of these conversations. Professor Harkness contextualizes Dee's angel conversations within the natural, philosophical, religious, and social contexts of his time, arguing that the conversations represent a continuing development of John Dee's earlier concerns and interests. This book will appeal to those with an interest in the history of science, students of religion, and everyone who approaches the new millennium with a wary eye.
  

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Review: John Dee's Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature

User Review  - Monica - Goodreads

weirdly fascinating look at an odd element of Elizabethan England. Harkness (who since then has gone on to write some great fiction) does not write like an academic, in my opinion, making this very accessible to those who have an interest. Read full review

Review: John Dee's Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature

User Review  - Nancy Goldberg Wilks - Goodreads

Great book!Deborah Harkness has a knack of making History fun and interesting - even in her non-fiction, academic work! I have no History background, yet I thoroughly enjoyed - and understood - this book. It is well written, interesting, and I learned a great deal. Highly recommended. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
xiii
Genesis
5
The Colloquium of Angels Prague 1586
7
Building Jacobs Ladder The Genesis of the Angel Conversations
58
Climbing Jacobs Ladder Angelology as Natural Philosophy
96
Revelations
129
Then Commeth the Ende Apocalypse Natural Philosophy and the Angel Conversations
131
The True Cabala Reading the Book of Nature
155
Adams Alchemy The Medicine of God and the Restitution of Nature
193
Epilogue
213
Select Bibliography
225
Index
245
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Deborah Harkness is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern California. She is the prize-winning author of articles on John Dee's angel conversations and his household.

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