John Dee’s Actions with Spirits (Volumes 1 and 2): 22 by Christopher Whitby

By Christopher Whitby

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Here is gifted an research of the character of the earliest extant documents of the intended communique with angels and spirits of John Dee (1527-1608) with the help of his mediums or 'scryers', Barnabas Saul and Edward Kelly. Volume 2 of this paintings is a transcription of the files in Dee's hand contained in Sloane MS 3188, which has been transcribed just once prior to, through Elias Ashmole in 1672. Volume 1 is an creation and thorough remark to the textual content that's basically explaining its many obscurities. the writer describes the actual kingdom of the manuscript and its historical past then keeps with a biography of Dee and his scryers and a few history to Renaissance occult philosophy. additional chapters tackle the arguments that the manuscript represents a awake fraud or a cryptographical workout and describe the mystical process and tools advanced throughout the communications or 'Actions'. The final, interesting bankruptcy examines Dee's explanations for believing so strongly within the fact of the activities and means that a important reason was once the conviction, no longer held through Dee by myself, new age used to be approximately to sunrise upon earth.

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0 ·· f ChIPPIng Norton, 7 wh 0 was b orn on 23 J une The date of this marriage is not known, but since thl' girl came from Chipping "orton it seems mo~ likely that it took place after Kelly had left Dee again on 22 Novemher to go to Blockley at the foot of the Cotswold lIills. lie was supposed to return in ten days but the Act ions did not resume unt i I 23 ~Iarch 1583 and Kelly seems to have spent the winter in that area. On his return Kelly also brought with him a book and a scroll 'written in strange characters' (Sloane ~IS 3188, 61a) and a phial containing a red pOIo-der.

R~asons for desiring thc ~'astcrship of Saint Cross cmbraced fin- ann', privacy, and thc potcntial for housing books, instrumcnts, laboratories, and even a printing press (CR, p. 40). The immediate rcsult of the Compcndious Rehears!! ord of Canterbury' (Diary). By then how- ever, Dee was having recurrcnt attacks of 'a great fit of the stone' in his kidneys (Diary, 31 ~'arch and 15 June 1594). Dee decided to support his supplication to the Queen with a brief version of the Compendious Rehearsal to Archbishop hbitgift and in IS9J or 1595 the Archbishop was presented with taining a ~'ost Briefe Dis~ ~ Apologeticall, ..

31). Shortly after Dee had left England in 1583 Fromond proved himself pOlierless to prevent an unruly mob, inspired by rumours of Dec being in league with the devil, from breaking into the library at ~Iortlake and destroying some 500 books, much laboratory equipment, and various astronomical and mathematical instruments, including 'the paire of Gcrardus ~Icrcator his best Globes' (CR, pp. 27-32). 32). From Stettin the party moved quickly to Po;en, covering the t ... o hundred mi les in only four days.

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