About Dr. John Dee
- 1. Visionary of the British Empire; coined the word Brittannia and developed
a plan for the British Navy.
- 2. The first to apply Euclidean geometry to navigation; built the instruments
to apply Euclid; trained the first great navigators; developed the maps;
charted the Northeast and Northwest Passages.
- 3. An angel conjuror with his sidekick Kelley; the angels told him what
Britain would have in their eventual empire; used an obsidian show stone
which came from the Aztecs/Mayans and rests in the British Museum along
with his conjuring table which contains the Enochian Alphabet he used as
- 4. Philosopher to Queen Elizabeth; did her horoscope; determined her coronation
date astrologically; she came to visit him on her horse.
- 5. Founder of the Rosicrucian Order, the protestant response to the Jesuits.
- 6. An alchemist; hermeticist, cabalist, adept in esoteric and occcult lore.
- 7. Translator of Euclid and wrote the famous Mathematical Preface, mapping
mathematical studies for the future, a kind of system of the sciences based
- 8. Put a hex on the Spanish Armada which is why there was bad weather and
- 9. Commissioned by Elizabeth to establish the legal foundation for colonizing
North America; went back to Madoc, a Welsh Prince who took a group over
to New England in the middle ages and established the first colony, and
intermarried with the Indians, but with little or no historical trace but
for the legend.
- 10. Instrumental in theatre arts and architecture.
- 11. Shakespeare depicted him as Prospero, and King Lear.
- 12. Sold the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious, a cipher as yet to
be deciphered--"the Everest of cipher studies"--to the Holy Roman
Emperor--Rudolph II--for a lot of gold. Resides at Yale in the Beineke Library.
Probably an herbal and an almanac by Anthony Askham.
- 13. Had the greatest library in England over 4,000 books.
- 14. Biography by Peter French and everything by Francis Yates, his greatest
advocate: cf. especially THE ROSICRUCIAN ENLIGHTENMENT.
Paul Lee, 01 September 1996.