Overview for Chapter D: Perhaps the most well-known of the twenty-six figures I’ve chosen, this chapter integrates the life of the English astrologer, mathematician, and advisor to Elizabeth I with English foreign policy, early exploration for the Northwest Passage, the English Renaissance, and the practices of alchemy, magic, and witchcraft.
1. Was John Dee foolish to trust Kelley?
2. Why was Dee unable to secure the approval he sought?
3. Is John Dee a tragic figure?
1. John Dee constructed a scarab flying machine for a theatrical performance while at Cambridge, but it's unclear what this actually looked like. Draw or construct one that would have scared a 16th century audience.
2. Using a deck of tarot cards, find one with an image you find provocative. What role does this card play in tarot? What are the astrological connections?
• This thesis for the Master of Arts degree offers a detailed analysis of Dee's book Monas Hieroglyphica (1564). See:
Joshua Michael Zintel, Roots of Coded Metaphor in John Dee's Monas Hieroglyphica [Master of Arts thesis], ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2020, 28028538. https://search.proquest.com/openview/037dabece81748a22415d985b753e1e0/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=51922&diss=y