The Heresy of Dr Dee
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All talk is of the End-time...and the dead are rising. At the end of the sunless summer of 1560, black rumour shrouds the death of the one woman who stands between Lord Robert Dudley and marriage to the young Queen Elizabeth. Did Dudley's wife, Amy, die from an accidental fall in a deserted house, or was it murder? Even Dr John Dee, astrologer royal, adviser on the Hidden and one of Dudley's oldest friends, is uncertain. Then a rash promise to the Queen sends him to his family's old home on the Welsh Border in pursuit of the Wigmore Shewstone, a crystal credited with supernatural properties. With Dee goes Robert Dudley, considered the most hated man in England. They travel with a London judge sent to try a sinister Welsh brigand with a legacy dating back to the Battle of Brynglas. After the battle, many of the English bodies were, according to legend, obscenely mutilated. Now, on the same haunted hill, another dead man has been found, similarly slashed. Devious politics, small-town corruption, twisted religion and a brooding superstition leave John Dee isolated in the land of his father.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 158 x 232 x 36mm | 621.42g
  • ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Corvus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export/Airside ed
  • 1848872771
  • 9781848872776
  • 1,016,994

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A fabulously murky tale, full of dark detail, gruesome violence and twisting plotlines as Dr Dee negotiates a perilous line between the natural and supernatural, truth and lies, light and darkness. Daily Mail on The Heresy of Dr Dee As Rickman weaves together the disparate strands of his narrative, he convincingly recreates a world in which religion and magic are both thought to have power and significance. The adventures of his fictional Dee are as interesting to read about as the life of the real man. -- Nick Rennison on The Heresy of Dr Dee BBC History Brilliantly imagined and grippingly executed The Times This one is rather special... Rickman makes a wonderfully assured leap into the sixteenth century... compelling and historically convincing Spectator A great story...ritual murder, necromancy, witchcraft - it's all here. -- Sue Arnold Guardian

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About Phil Rickman

Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the hugely popular author of The Bones of Avalon and the Merrily Watkins Mysteries.

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