All he was asking was that, in return for half of the spoils, he be granted a licence to search for treasure on the Queen's behalf. This was not the equivalent of being granted a mining monopoly. 'The value of a mine is matter for ...
Author: Benjamin Woolley
Dee was one of the most influential philosophers of the Elizabethan Age. A close confidant of Queen Elizabeth, he helped to introduce mathematics to England, promoted the idea of maths as the basis of science, anticipated the invention of the telescope, charted the New World, and created one of the most magnificent libraries in Europe. At the height of his fame, Dee was poised to become one of the greats of the Renaissance. Yet he died in poverty and obscurity - his crime was to dabble in magic .