Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | March 2, 2014

Guy Fawkes & John Dee

The oldest public library in the English-speaking world is Chetham’s in Manchester – founded in 1653. They have featured some of their John Dee collection on their website this week which you can see here.

What a beautiful signature the old wizard had! (click to enlarge)

image_dee_letter_520And here is a picture of an imagined meeting between Dee, Kelley and Guy Fawkes. Chetham’s website says:

‘In 1841 the novelist Harrison Ainsworth published the novel Guy Fawkes, or The Gunpowder Treason: An Historical Romance, in which Dee, Fawkes and Humphrey Chetham are described meeting in the warden’s room (now the Library Reading Room). There is no evidence for this encounter but it is possible that the young Humphrey Chetham knew John Dee. Dee borrowed money from Humphrey’s older brother Edmund who was master of the Grammar School from 1597 to 1602.’

'Doctor Dee in conjunction with his seer, Edward Kelley, exhibiting his magical skill to Guy Fawkes.'

‘Doctor Dee in conjunction with his seer, Edward Kelley, exhibiting his magical skill to Guy Fawkes.’


Responses

  1. Nice read, Philip. Good info for us Yanks!
    Thanks.


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