Dr Dee In The Elizabethan Era

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Elizabethan belief in magic was not exclusive to the less educated people, Queen Elizabeth I, a well-educated woman, was a firm believer of the occult. Even the date and time for her coronation was based on her horoscope (15th January 1559) was chosen by the greatest astrologer and alchemist of the Elizabethan era, Dr John Dee. Subsequently he was employed as her personal adviser and astrologer. Frances Yates, a historian, suggests that the character of Prospero, could be based on the life of Dee. This is because it was Shakespeare’s absorption in his books that that became a plea for Antonio to banish him from Milan. The painting in the extract shows the house of Dr Dee in Mortlake which Queen Elizabeth I sits on a throne, Sir Walter Leigh
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