Happy 485th Birthday John Dee!

| July 13, 2012

Today marks the 485th anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite Tudor men, John Dee. Happy 485th birthday, Mr Dee! I will be raising a glass to you today. You can find out all about John Dee in the following articles: John Dee – A Biographical Sketch John Dee and the Telescope Elizabeth […]

Musician Damon Albarn and Dr John Dee

| July 2, 2011

Blur and Gorillaz front man, Damon Albarn, has just staged the premiere of “Dr Dee” at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, UK. BBC News describe the show as “an ambitious stage show that combines his acoustic pop with contemporary opera to tell the story of an Elizabethan hero” and goes on to say that “The […]

John Dee – A Biographical Sketch

| November 30, 2010

I asked Robert Parry, author of “Virgin and the Crab” which has John Dee as one of its main characters, to write us a bio of this fascinating, influential, Elizabethan man, and here it is:- John Dee – A Biographical Sketch by Robert Parry Astrologer, mathematician, alchemist, antiquarian, spy, philosopher, geographer and adviser to virtually […]

John Dee and the Telescope

| October 27, 2010

One of my favourite Elizabethan characters is John Dee, the famous scholar, astrologer, astronomer, mathematician and scientist, a man who I think of as a combination of Derren Brown, Patrick Jane (The Mentalist), Paul McKenna, Einstein, Galileo and James Bond. A fascinating man! Those of you who are interested in John Dee will be interested […]

The Cambridge Connections – Part 2

| June 7, 2010

This is the second part of author Robert Parry’s examination of the “Cambridge Connections” which Anne Boleyn gave her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, when she asked her chaplain Matthew Parker to look after Elizabeth if anything should happen to her. The Cambridge Connections – Part 2 by Robert Parry In part two of this […]

The Cambridge Connections

| June 2, 2010

Back at the beginning of May, I wrote an article entitled “The Fall of Anne Boleyn” where I mentioned the fact that Anne Boleyn asked her chaplain, Matthew Parker, on the 26th April 1536 to ensure that her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, was looked after if anything happened to Anne. This request is important […]

Elizabeth I’s Coronation Chart

| January 15, 2010

451 years ago today, at 12pm on January 15th 1559*, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England, a huge achievement for the second daughter of Henry VIII and the daughter of a woman executed as a traitor and adulteress. As someone who is fascinated by Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Boleyn, I find it ironic and also […]


| December 2, 2009

Today, we are lucky enough to have another guest post by Robert Parry, author of one of my favourite historical fiction books “Virgin and the Crab”. Thank you Robert! By the way, if you haven’t read “Virgin and the Crab” yet then you should check out the video trailer at the bottom of this post […]

The Virgin, The Crab and Mythology

| October 12, 2009

Today we are honoured to have another guest post, this time from Robert Parry, author of the wonderful novel “The Virgin and The Crab” which I have just reviewed on our Tudor Book Reviews site – click here to read it now. VIRGIN AND THE CRAB : An author’s ramblings on having his novel reviewed […]

Elizabeth I’s Nativity Chart

| October 7, 2009

This post has been sparked off by the wonderful novel that I’m reading at the moment – “The Virgin and the Crab: Sketches, Fables and Mysteries from the early life of John Dee and Elizabeth Tudor”. The central character of the book is John Dee, Elizabeth I’s astrologer and great friend, a man whom Elizabeth […]