Dr John Dee was born today in 1527.
Mathematician, scientist, astronomer, occultist, navigator, imperialist, consultant to Queen Elizabeth I, alchemist, Hermetic philosopher … magician…conjurer…devoted owner of a 4000-strong library within his Mortlake, London home…
There are many books about this genius, devoted student of all things academic.
The Arch Conjurer of England – John Dee by Glyn Parry
‘a biography that concentrates on Dee’s changing fortunes in the complex world of Tudor politics and post-Reformation religious conflicts and anxieties’
‘for the serious student of early modern European history it is a clearly written, meticulously researched addition to the literature on a figure that continues to inspire and intrigue.’
– By Sensible Cat, on Amazon
The Queen’s Conjurer: The Life and Magic of Dr Dee: The Science and Magic of Dr Dee by Benjamin Woolley
‘fresh and original…Woolley thinks and writes beautifully…’ Lisa Jardine
‘An informative and enlightened book…And it is immensely enjoyable, its narrative exciting and inexorable’ Thomas Wright, Daily Telegraph
John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery: Original Sourcebook of Magic by Joe Peterson
‘I cannot recommend Joseph Peterson – as an author and scholar – highly enough.’
– By Aaron on Amazon
Enochian Vision Magick: An Introduction and Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley by Lon Milo Duquette
‘Mr Duquette is surely one of the most experienced, talented and lucid writers of this age.’
– By Seeker of Light on Amazon
And he wrote many books himself
Hieroglyphic Monad by John Dee
‘Dee’s divinely inspired genius shines through this hermetic masterpiece’
– By A Customer on Amazon
A True and Faithful Relation of What Passed for Many Years Between Dr. John Dee and Some Spirits by John Dee
‘is arguably one of the most important works to come out of the Elizabethan era.’
And he is highly figured in numerous works of historical fiction
The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman
An intriguing, well researched book.
The Queen’s ‘sorcerer’, her astrology, Dr John Dee is sent on a special mission. Accompanied by Sir Robert Dudley, a favourite of the Queen’s, and believed to be her lover, Dr Dee travels to Glastonbury to unravel the mysteries of the lost bones of King Arthur.
It is well written and a different sort of mystery to the thriller novels that usually line the shelves. Rickman has a fluid writing style and throws in some excellently written one liners that are evident throughout the book, that make one lift one’s eyebrows in pleasant surprise of his linguistic capabilities.
– Around The Red Map @ WordPress (Me) part of a post from Feb 2012.
Heresy by SJ Parris and Prophecy by SJ Parris
While these books aren’t explicitly about Dr John Dee he does feature in them, and is a friend, colleague and respected scholar of the protagonist Giordano Bruno.
‘The book is a fascinating, detective-style thriller, set in a troublesome age. Parris merges the two genres, historical and thriller, effortlessly, and keeps a perfect pace, revealing a startling array of characters, who say one thing, but mean another, and a bizarre set of clues, that will leave you guessing until the end.’
– Around The Red Map @ WordPress (Me) part of a post from April 2012
‘An excellent continuation of the story of Bruno, in a fascinating, and deadly period of time.’
– Around The Red Map @ WordPress (Me) part of a post from June 2012