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

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 13, 1999 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 252 pages
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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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.

Deborah Harkness was born in 1965. She received a B. A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1986, a M. A. from Northwestern University in 1990, and a Ph. D. from the University of California at Davis in 1994. She is a professor of history at the University of Southern California. Harkness is a well-regarded historian of science and medicine, specializing in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. Her first novel, A Discovery of Witches, was published in 2011. She is the author of the All Souls Trilogy. In 2006, she began a wine blog entitled, Good Wine Under $20. It provides an online record of her search for the best, most affordable wines. She made The New York Times Bestseller List with The Book of Life and Shadow of Night.

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