John Dee's angel conversations have been an enigmatic facet of Elizabethan England's most famous natural philosopher's life and work. Professor Harkness contextualizes Dee's angel conversations within the natural philosophical, religious and social contexts of his time. She argues that they represent a continuing development of John Dee's earlier concerns and interests. These conversations include discussions of the natural world, the practice of natural philosophy, and the apocalypse.Read more
- Focuses on Elizabethan England's most famous 'scientist' or natural philosopher
- Heavy use of Dee's library and annotations
- Apocalyptic ideas as a context of Dee's conversations
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- Date Published: November 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521027489
- length: 268 pages
- dimensions: 231 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.36kg
- contains: 7 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of abbreviations and conventions
Part I. Genesis:
1. The colloquium of angels: Prague, 1586
2. Building Jacob's ladder: the genesis of the angel conversations
3. Climbing Jacob's ladder: angelology as natural philosophy
Part II. Revelations:
4. 'Then commeth the ende': apocalypse, natural philosophy, and the angel conversations
5. 'The true cabala': reading the book of nature
6. Adam's alchemy: the medicine of God and the restitution of nature
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