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The Queen's Conjurer by Benjamin Woolley
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Mar 08, 2008

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bookshelves: biography, occult-esque
Read in December, 2011

It must be challenging to write a biography when there are relatively few first- and second-hand accounts on your subject. Biographers of Giordano Bruno run into the same problem, I've found. The later parts on the origins of Enochian magic were the most interesting (and the craziest).

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message 3: by Richard (new)

Richard Also try Ackroyd's novel The House of Dr. Dee.

Michael Richard wrote: "Also try Ackroyd's novel The House of Dr. Dee."

Ackroyd is great. I'd like to tackle his book on London someday.

message 1: by Richard (last edited Nov 07, 2011 11:09PM) (new)

Richard I relied heavily on Ackroyd's biography of Dickens when I wrote a short piece of historical fiction on the life of Dickens. But if you like the Tudor period, the books of John Guy might also be helpful.

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