John Dee and the 'Sidney Group' : cosmopolitics and Protestant 'activism' in the 1570s

Yewbrey, Graham

History
December 1981

Thesis or dissertation


Rights
© 1981 Graham Yewbrey. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.
Abstract

The life and thought of John Dee (1527-1608) have in recent years received considerable attention from historians. His nineteenth-century reputation as a deluded (and deluding) crank has been dispelled and he is seen now as the proponent of an immensely complex system of philosophy which made important contributions to the development of mathematics, astronomy, architecture, navigation and applied science. Many claims have been made for the profundity of the influence exerted by Dee and his ideas, both in his own lifetime and after his death, and a great effort has been made to define his 'world picture' by reference to such formulae as 'Neoplatonism', 'Hermeticism', and 'Rosicrucianism', but while these are valid and significant in all sorts of ways, there has been no clear apprehension of the main focus of his system. The predominant impression of Dee is of an enormously erudite, but intellectually insular man, pursuing a tremendously diffuse range of studies which, while they have important implications for the history of science and ideas, do not appear to be organised into a consistent, internally - coherent system, directly relevant to the contemporary world. It is such an incorrect picture of Dee that I wish to rectify.

Publisher
Department of History, The University of Hull
Supervisor
Lloyd, Howell A.
Sponsor (Organisation)
The University of Hull
Qualification level
Doctoral
Qualification name
PhD
Language
English
Extent
Filesize: 29,488KB
Identifier
hull:4653
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