The Tudor Society

26 March – Alchemy, astrology and angels – This man was involved with them all!

A portrait of John Dee by an unknown artist

On this day in Tudor history, 26th March 1609, John Dee, astrologer, mathematician, alchemist, antiquary, spy, philosopher, geographer and adviser to Elizabeth I, died.

John Dee was a fascinating Tudor man and someone who narrowly missed getting into big trouble for his hobbies. Alchemy, talking with angels, mathematics... what wasn't he into?

Book recommendation: "The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee" by Glyn Parry.

I go into more detail on Dee in my Claire Chats video.

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