Rochester, Inner Traditions. 2018. Hardback with dustjacket, xiv+528 pages. New.
Subtitled Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of the Modern World, Jason Louv’s John Dee and the Empire of Angels is a comprehensive examination of the life of Elizabethan Magus Doctor John Dee. Tracing Dee’s life from his early years, his years at Cambridge and his role at court, Jason Louv explores Dee’s scientific achievements and his role in British politics as well as his magical life: his partnership with Edward Kelly and his creation of Enochian, the language of the angels. Lavishly illustrated with 28 colour plates and monochrome reproductions from across history, Louv explores Dee’s tremendous influence not only on contemporary science and politics, but on modern occultism and figures such as Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons and Anton LaVey. A fine work of occult history and biography, John Dee and the Empire of Angels is a must for anyone interested in the life of one of the most famous and influential magicians in history.