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Christopher Lionel Whitby - John Dee Actions With Spirits 22 December To 23 May 1583 Thesis Vol I (21.0 MB)

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Christopher Lionel Whitby is a Pro-Vice Chancellor, University Of Birmingham from Birmingham. Christopher Lionel Whitby was born in February 1952 and is 64 years old. PROFESSOR Christopher Lionel Whitby is British and resident in England. Address: College Of Arts & Law, University Of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England
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Author:      Christopher Lionel Whitby
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This thesis presents an investigation of the nature of earliest extant records of the supposes communication with angels and spirits of John Dee (1527-1608) with the assistance of his two mediums or 'scryers', Barnabas Saul and Edward Kelly. The form chosen is a transcription of the records in Dee's hand contained in Sloane MS 3188, together with an introduction and commentary to the text, witch has been transcibed only once before, by Elias Ashmole in 1672.

In the Introduction the physical state of the manuscript is described and hypothesis advanced as to how it arrived in the Sloane collection. Biographical details of Dee and his scryers are provided and a further chapter presents some background to Renaissance occult philosophy and practice of scrying. Arguments that the manuscript represents a conscious fraud or a cryptographical exercise are examined and disproved and the magical system and instruments evolved during the communications or 'Actions' are described.

The thesis contains approximately 95000 words, excluding the transcription of Sloane MS 3188.

Christopher Lionel Whitby is a Pro-Vice Chancellor, University Of Birmingham from Birmingham. Christopher Lionel Whitby was born in February 1952 and is 64 years old. PROFESSOR Christopher Lionel Whitby is British and resident in England.

Address: College Of Arts & Law, University Of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England