Before Harry Potter, There Was Dr. John Dee...

History is full of mysterious magicians. The modern world gives us Anton LaVey, Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley. In the ancient world you had Edward Kelley, Nicolas Flamel, and the Count of St. Germain. Of all those illustrious names, however, the name of Dr. John Dee stands out from the crowd. Today is his 484th birthday, and for all we know he's still walking around. After all, his gravestone in the churchyard of St. Mary the Virgin has been lost.

Dr. Dee was one of the most interesting figures during Elizabethan England. He garnered his reputation as a magician from creating brilliant stage effects for Greek plays, studied alchemy, and was a personal consultant to Elizabeth on many esoteric matters.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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