John Dee: Essential Readings

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North Atlantic Books, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 157 pages
Although revered in his own time, John Dee (1527-1608) was until recently regarded as an isolated crank on the margins of Tudor history. This anthology of Dee's writings illustrates his diverse interests and his central position in the history of Renaissance thought and the development of Western Magic. Dee's celebrated Preface to Euclid is included along with selections from his Spiritual Diaries and letters to other mystics and royals. In addition to Hermetic and Cabalistic philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, and navigation are also covered.
 

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I got nothing out of this book. I am not a student of historical figures nor do I wish to be. That being said, For the short length of the book, I was impressed with the ammount of information presented. Read full review

Contents

General Editors Preface Page
5
A Supplication to Queen Mary Page 15
15
To Sir William Cecil Page
24
From the Monas Hieroglyphica Page 30 5
30
The Preface to Euclid Page
37
Letter to Queen Elizabeth Page
97
The Compendious Rehearsal Page
104
Personal Diaries 16001 Page
122
Some Opinions of Dee Page
130
A Note on Enochian Magic Page
137
Select Bibliography Page
155
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Born in 1951, Gerald Suster was educated at Highgate School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. From 1979 onward he worked as a professional author, with a particular interest in magic. His works include a series of occult novels and biographies of Aleister Crowley and Israel Regardie. He died in 2000.

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