John Dees Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature by Deborah E. HarknessJohn Dees Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature by Deborah E. Harkness

John Dees Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature

byDeborah E. Harkness

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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Elizabethan England's most famous natural philosopher John Dee recorded his reflections on the natural world, the practice of natural philosophy, and the apocalypse in a series of conversations with angels, which have long been an enigmatic facet of his life and work. This book makes extensive use of Dee's library and annotations to clarify this mystery by providing a detailed analysis of these conversations. Professor Harkness contextualizes Dee's angel conversations within the natural, philosophical, religious, and social contexts of his time, arguing that the conversations represent a continuing development of John Dee's earlier concerns and interests. This book will appeal to those with an interest in the history of science, students of religion, and everyone who approaches the new millennium with a wary eye.
Deborah Harkeness is an American scholar and novelist. She is a well-regarded historian of science and medicine, specializing in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. In 2011 her first novel, A Discovery of Witches, debuted at number 2 on The New York Times Best Seller hardcover fiction list, and has been sold in at least 34 cou...
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Title:John Dees Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of NatureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521027489

ISBN - 13:9780521027489

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations and conventions; Introduction; 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; Epilogue; Select bibliography; Index.

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"This is a truly remarkable story and merits telling for its own sake. Harkness's version is beautifully written with rich footnoting and a good command of the sources. That she has told it unflinchingly and with sensitivity to its subject only adds to its value." Canadian Journal of History