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(IX.) HISTORY - Success - And The Beginning Of Failure

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« on: August 17, 2007, 08:33:58 pm »







But Dee was not drawn to Mary, whether because his charts warned him off, or because of the execution of Northumberland, the husband of his patroness, and her persecution of the Protestants.

For whatever reason, he was soon exchanging secret messages with her sister, Princess Elizabeth, then in virtual captivity at Woodstock. Dee was a cousin of Elizabeth's nurse, Blanche Parry, still her maid and with Parry's help he sent and received messages from Woodstock.

The dangers inherent in the situation hardly need emphasis, and Dee went on to an even more dangerous course: that of sending Elizabeth the horoscope of the Queen, and pointing out contrasting elements in the two charts. Roman astrologers had been executed for less, and when rumours of Dee's tactlessness got out, it is not surprising that informers accused him of involvement in a plot to murder the Queen.

In the spring of 1555, various members of the Princess's household were arrested and accused of witchcraft, 'for that they did calculate the King's, the Queen's and my Lady Elizabeth's horoscopes'. Dee was taken, his rooms searched, his papers read; he was charged with treason and worse - that he had a familiar spirit which had attacked both of the children of one of his accusers, Ferrys, striking one blind and the other dead.

Even in those superstitious times, the second charge seems to have been thought a little much, for the Star Chamber acquitted Dee, releasing him into the custody of Bishop Bonner of London, who was commanded to examine him on his faith. He spent some time sharing a small cell with a heretic, Barthlet Green, who was taken out and burned at the stake. Bonner seems to have been unable to shake Dee, however, for he was eventually released. Unsurprisingly, he failed to find favour again with the Queen.

Incautiously, he even renewed contact with Elizabeth, and seems to have encouraged her, during Mary's last illness, to expect the succession.



ELISABETH I - CORONATION PORTRAIT

When Mary died in 1558 and Elizabeth indeed became Queen, one of her first acts was to commission Lord Robert Dudley, later the Earl of Leicester, to go privately to Dee and ask him to propose an auspicious date for her coronation.

She accepted his proposal of Sunday, 15 January without question; and if the chart for that day promised well for her reign, it did not lie.
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