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John Dee : The Politics of Reading and Writing in the English Renaissance - William H. Sherman

John Dee

The Politics of Reading and Writing in the English Renaissance

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Published: 28th March 1995
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This text presents a reassessment of the career and cultural background of John Dee (1527-1609), one of Elizabethan England's most interesting figures. Challenging the conventional image of the isolated eccentric philosopher, Sherman situates Dee in a fresh context, revealing that he was a well-connected adviser to the academic, courtly and commercial circles of his day. The centrepiece of Dee's life is shown to be the massive library and museum at Mortlake, perhaps the first modern ""think tank"". There he lived, worked and entertained some of the period's most influential intellectuals and politicians. Sherman discusses Dee's household arrangements, reading practices, and writings on subjects ranging from calendar reform to imperial policy. He also offers an account of the broad network of scholars and other experts who, along with Dee, operated behind the political scenes, providing textual and technological support during this time of unprecedented intellectual and global expansion.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Politics in the Margins: The Careers of John Deep. 3
A Living Library: The Bibliotheca Mortlacensis Revisitedp. 29
Reading: Modern Theory and Early Modern Practicep. 53
Dee's Marginaliap. 79
Dee's Political Science: An Introduction to the Manuscript Writingsp. 115
Brytannicae Reipublicae Synopsis (1570): A Reader's Guide to the Elizabethan Commonwealthp. 128
"This British Discovery and Recovery Enterprise": Dee and England's Maritime Empirep. 148
General and Rare Memorials (1576/77)p. 152
Of Famous and Rich Discoveries (1577)p. 171
Brytanici Imperii Limites (1576-78)p. 182
Thalattokratia Brettaniki (1597)p. 192
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9781558490703
ISBN-10: 1558490701
Series: Massachusetts Studies in Early Modern Culture
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 28th March 1995
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Type: New edition