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East Sheen Library

East Sheen Library

East Sheen Library

Literary Event, Thu 27 Apr 2017, free entry


East Sheen Library

020 8734 3337


Sheen Lane,
SW14 8LP

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The detection of crime in Elizabethan England often involved the use of magic. Notably, John Dee of Mortlake used angel revelations and astrology to locate stolen goods and identify the thieves, methods in which he trained his most famous student, Thomas Digges.

Digges was the most brilliant mathematician of his generation, the first Englishman to publish in support of Copernicus. Yet his life shows in turn how political influence could interfere with the punishment of crime in Elizabethan England. Apart from his mathematical achievements, Digges turned out to be a con-man, a fraudster, a forger – and a murderer. The fact that he died peacefully in his bed tells us a lot about crime and punishment under Elizabeth I.

Learn more with Professor Glyn Parry, author of The Arch Conjuror of England, John Dee.

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Thu 27 Apr 2017 19:00 to 20:00


Free entry



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Map reference: TQ 204755  Lat: 51.46565 Long: -0.26713

500 yards south from Mortlake train station

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Mortlake station


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