John Dee: The Politics of Reading and Writing in the English Renaissance
This book presents a major reassessment of the career and cultural background of John Dee (1527-1609), one of Elizabethan England's most interesting figures. Challenging the conventional image of the isolated, eccentric philosopher, Sherman situates Dee in a fresh context, revealing that he was a well-connected adviser to the academic, courtly, and commercial circles of his day. The centerpiece of Dee's life is shown to be the massive library and museum at Mortlake, perhaps the first modern "think tank." There he lived, worked, and entertained some of the period's most influential intellectuals and politicians. Sherman discusses Dee's household arrangements, reading practices, and writings on subjects ranging from calendar reform to imperial policy. He also offers the first detailed account of the broad network of scholars and other experts who, along with Dee, operated behind the political scenes, providing textual and technological support during this time of unprecedented intellectual and global expansion.
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Page 41 - I gave Mr. Richard Candish the copy of Paracelsus twelve lettres, written in French with my own hand ; and he promised me, before my wife, never to disclose to any that he hath it ; and that yf he dye before me he will restore it agayn to me ; but if I dy befor him, that he shall deliver it to one of my sonnes, most fit among them to have it.
Page 39 - ... his work then is to bee a Factor and Trader for helps to Learning, and a Treasurer to keep them, and a dispenser to applie them to use, or to see them well used, or at least not abused...