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From Conversations with Angels to A Discovery of Witches
In John Dee's Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy and the End of Nature, published by Cambridge University Press, Deborah Harkness concerns herself with the work of early modern England's most famous natural philosopher.
Dee also spent a substantial amount of his life attempting to commune with angels. Harkness analyses these angel conversations within the natural philosophical, religious and social contexts of Dee's time.
It was while researching for this work that American Historian Deborah Harkness discovered a lost book in the Bodleian Library that had belonged to John Dee. It was a book of spells, 'The Book of Soyga'. Harkness went on to not only publish her research with Cambridge, but to use this real-life experience as a beginning for the adventures of her fictional heroine Diana Bishop.
A Discovery of Witches (published by Headline), which debuted in second place on The New York Times' Best Seller list, follows the adventures of an American historian Diana Bishop after she discovers an enchanted 16th century manuscript, and a handsome vampire, in the reading room of the Bodleian Library.
John Dee's diary and his various other writings will soon be released by the Cambridge Library Collection. For more information, click here.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
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