The Heresy of Dr Dee

The Heresy of Dr Dee

Phil Rickman / Feb 28, 2020

The Heresy of Dr Dee All talk is of the End timed the dead are rising At the end of the sunless summer of black rumour shrouds the death of the one woman who stands between Lord Robert Dudley and marriage to the you

  • Title: The Heresy of Dr Dee
  • Author: Phil Rickman
  • ISBN: 9781848872769
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • All talk is of the End timed 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 a calculated murder Even Dr John Dee, astrologer royal, adviser oAll talk is of the End timed 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 a calculated 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 Wig Shewstone, a crystal credited supernatural properties With Dee goes Robert Dudley, considered the most hated man in England They travel with the entourage of a London judge sent to try a sinister Welsh brigand with a legacy dating back to the Battle of Brynglas, in which close to a thousand Englishmen died at the hands of the Welsh After the battle, many of the 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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        aka Will Kingdom, Thom Madley.Phil Rickman, born in Lancashire, has won awards for his TV and radio journalism After five acclaimed novels, he introduced the fascinating Merrily Watkins series with The Wine of Angels He is married and lives on the Welsh Border.


    1. Not really sure what to say about this. The book felt like the wrong character was the main on. Dr John Dee never really gelled as a character. The one who had the most power and presence and should've been leading the story was Robert Dudley.The book kept promising a good story but never quite seemed to deliver. I kept reading simply because it felt like there was a really good bit coming soon, but nothing arrived.

    2. Quite a gripping tale, set early in Elizabeth 1's reign, with Robert Dudley and John Dee heading to Wales to respectively lay low for a while and to find a scrying stone. All sorts of devious plots are unfolding around Dee, and there is something very weird going on in his father's old hometown. It's a little frustrating that neither Dee nor Dudley are really prime movers in any of this, although one significant plot does revolve around the latter. However, the point of view of Dee, a man focuse [...]

    3. I was hoping the writing would improve with the second book in this series, but it didn't. Grammar mistakes, grammar and storyline inconsistencies, as well as misspellings made this novel not as enjoyable as it could have been. The story of the trip to the Welsh borderlands, the little village his father was born and the ensuing mystery was interesting, yet only the final few chapters were really gripping. Eventually I was glad when I reached the last page.Would not have finished had this not be [...]

    4. Dr John Dee – first introduced to us by Phil Rickman in The Bones of Avalon – continues his adventures in this complex and entertaining novel. Dee’s friend Robert Dudley – one of Queen Elizabeth I’s many favourites – needs to get away from court because his wife, Amy, has been found dead in suspicious circumstances. Both Dee and Dudley travel to the border between England and Wales where Dee was born; Dudley to get away from the rumours and Dee to fulfil a rash promise to the Queen h [...]

    5. All talk is of the End-timed 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 a calculated 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 [...]

    6. c2012: FWFTB: 1560, Hidden, Shewstone, Welsh, battle. Another solidly entertaining novel from Mr Rickman. Several twists and turns in the plot which I didn't see coming and which drove me on to finish the book well past my bedtime! I remember reading somewhere that Mr Rickman is an undeservedly little known author - and I can only agree. This would make a great TV Series with lots of opportunities for excitement. Usually, any attempt to get an accent into the dialogure irritates the bejesus out [...]

    7. The Heresy of Dr Dee continues the adventures of Dr John Dee on his quest to understand and examine The Hidden. A hasty promise to the Queen leads Dr Dee and friend Lord Robert Dudley (who is perhaps the most hated man in England) to the Welsh border in search of a powerful, supernatural crystal. The Welsh border proves a fertile ground for both the supernatural and corruption. Dr Dee and Dudley are ensnared in a complex web of evil both of this world and from beyond.Phil Rickman does historical [...]

    8. Comparisons with CJ Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake mysteries are inevitable in the light of Phil Rickman’s decision to dive into the Tudor era. But the comparison is not one Rickman fails in. As a newcomer to this field, he is remarkably confident. His characters have real depth, he spins a great yarn and his atmospheric explorations of Elizabethan faiths and superstitions are compelling. Above all, as with his excellent Merrily Watkins series, Rickman writes beautifully of the power of place, a [...]

    9. An interesting tale from Dr Dee - interesting how it is based around the myths and legends of Wales and the heroes of the ages.

    10. Set in Elizabethan Wales, so a not a common historical theme. A bit quirky with Phil Rickman's usual mix of factual history, supernatural theories and who-dunnit.

    11. This was an interesting and atmospheric read. I liked the historical and supernatural elements. Still prefer his Merrily Watkins series though.

    12. Gadzooks, possibly Phil's best tale. If you know much Elizabethan history part of the Dudley plot doesn't work but that's why it's fiction.

    13. In this second book of the acclaimed historical series featuring Dr. John Dee - Queen Elizabeth's personal astrologer, and esteemed expert on matters of the occult - Tudor court intrigue, murder and the practice of the dark arts abound. England during the sixteenth century is rife with talk of the end-timesd the dead are rising. And John Dee must discover if one of his closest friends may have had sufficient motive to commit murder. However, devious politics and small-town corruption; as much as [...]

    14. I found this satisfyingly pacey, but not always well-written. Some dialogue, for example, reads like the screenplay of an American thriller, or Disney banter, rather than something I could imagine an Elizabethan man saying; such as Dr. Dee’s, “Hell, no!” in the opening chapters. The language also hovers inconsistently betwixt modern and Elizabethan dialect, clashing as shewed, and is often repetitive, with Dr. Dee saying or thinking “Dear God!” about once a chapter. On the other hand, [...]

    15. In the second book in the John Dee series, Dr Dee is told to make himself scarce from London for a time and goes to hunt out what is rumoured to be one of the most important stone used for scrying, bringing along recently bereaved (and by popular belief having murdered his wife) Robert Dudley to the edge of Wales with a judge’s party.The history shines through the pages well- a lot of ring-true stuff in here which gives the novel a believable and well-researched feel that would meet with Dee [...]

    16. The hardback has a gorgeous cover, and that is my favorite part of this book. I was pretty disappointed with the story. It’s not nearly as compelling as the previous book featuring John Dee, the famous Elizabethan scientist/occultist who served as an advisor to the queen.It starts out well enough: Lord Robert Dudley, the queen’s favorite, has been widowed under suspicious circumstances, and Cecil, Lord Burghley, orders Dr. Dee to leave town for a while so that he can’t be asked to choose a [...]

    17. I found this book by serendipity in the public library and really enjoyed it. It is a historical supernatural mystery - one of my favourite genres!What I didn't realise until I began to read it was that this is the second Dr Dee book that Phil Rickman has written. The first is called The Bones of Avalon and I will be sure to read that sometime in the near future.Dr John Dee was a real historical figure from the 16th century - one of Europe's leading mathematicians and astrologers. He was lucky t [...]

    18. The second of Phil Rickman's books about the (fictionalised) John Dee, court astrologer to Elizabeth the First. John Dee and his friend (and the queen's lover) Robert Dudley are sent to the Welsh border country to hunt for a "shew-stone" with reputed magical properties, but find themselves drawn into the trial of the leader of a group of murderous bandits.I've previously enjoyed Rickman's Merily Watkins books, and he's on fine form with this series as well, combining historical fiction with his [...]

    19. John Dee, benoemd door Elizabeth I als haar astroloog en wetenschapper, gaat voor deze koninklijke opdrachtgever in zijn geboortestreek zoek naar een zienersteen. Dee'ss vader was afkomstig uit Wales en de streek lokt John vanwege zijn familiebanden maar ook vanwege het lokale geloof in het bovennatuurlijke. Met Dee mee reist zijn trouwe vriend Lord Robert Dudley die het hof even ontsnapt na valse aantijgingen dat hij zijn vrouw heeft vermoord. Waar beide mannen in terecht komen is een addernest [...]

    20. Sequel to Bones of Avalon, wonderfully dark, as is fitting in a tale narrated by the court astrologer and so-called "sorcerer" to Queen Elizabeth the First in 1560. John Dee and his friend/sidekick Robert Dudley, Elizabeth's lover and possibly the murderer of his wife (or just victim of court intrigue), travel to the Welsh border to seek a legendary scrying stone (a magic crystal for soothsaying). What they encounter instead is a politically-fraught trial and the possible reincarnation of Rhys G [...]

    21. Not as enjoyable for me as the 'Merrily Watkins' series, and for this reason it got three rather than four stars. The supernatural content was a little portentous and heavy handed. I hadn't realised that Dr Dee is an actual historical character; the story is set in Elizabethan times, and Dee travels to the Welsh borderlands with his friend Lord Robert Dudley to seek a 'shewstone' for 'scrying' or seeing into the future. This is all linked in with Dudley's love for the Virgin Queen, and his ambit [...]

    22. I picked this book up at the library not realising that there was one before it (The Bones of Avalon) which follows the same real historical character, Dr. Dee in a time just before The Heresy of Dr Dee is set. Having enjoyed this book I know I will be reading it also. It was difficult in the first few chapters to get 'into' the old worlde style of language, but suddenly it seemed to flow in my mind and wasn't an issue any longer.My lack on intimate knowledge of Tudor history made keeping track [...]

    23. All things Elizabethan fascinate me so I was onto a winner with this my first Phil Rickman book. This particular adventure for Dr Dee was primarily set in Wales and being Welsh this added a further dimension for me. I did however find the story a little heavy going to start and not the page-turner I was anticipating - having become acquainted with Dr Dee in other books already. For the most part, I was more interested in Dudley than our hero, but the story did pick up pace as the book progressed [...]

    24. This was a quite enjoyable, if light, Tudor romp. Historically, details didn't massively jar. The characters were appealing enough, and the description sufficient to give a good sense of time and place without getting over detailed.I suppose that given some of the Dr Dee hyperbole, I was expecting more of the supernatural element, but Dee is portrayed as very human, falliable and unsure of himself, which for me gave this an atmosphere more like that of a traditional crime novel.Enjoyable enough, [...]

    25. This is one of the most compelling books I have read in quite some time.It is very well written, detailed enough not giving unnecessary stretching to the filling of the book, and it is, most of all, filled with history regarding important things having to do with England.I don't know what else to say, but from the time I saw the synopsis of the book, and read a few pages in the book store I found it, it took me in completely.Immediate purchase, do not regret buying it for one second; if it had m [...]

    26. A follow up to previous bookThe Bones of Avalon featuring the character of Dr Dee who was historically linked to the court of Elizabeth Tudor. Pretty good adventure with a bit of history about the tensions between Wales and England. I enjoy the character of Dee altho he could be presented a bit more strongly but it is an author's prerogative to do with his characters whT he will.

    27. The best historical fiction not only describes a different time and culture, it fills the nooks and crannies of the story with the very spirit of the times. Phil Rickman is accomplishing this feat with the Dr. Dee series. He gives the reader a very real sense of the mentality of the people at the start of the Elizabethan Era. On top of that, he tells a damnn good mystery tale complete with political intrigue and personal conflict. Highly recommended to the history buff.

    28. Hey! Dr Dee was real! Must find this book. Dee was buried in St Mary's after his death in 1608 or early 1609. Dee died in poverty and relative obscurity, as James I's regime was unfriendly towards magic, and unfortunately no parish records of his death and burial survive, and there is no known gravestone.

    29. Set largely in the borderland of England and Wales centring around the activities of a bandit claiming the mantle of an earlier welsh patriot and who is further involved in a plot to dispose of Robert Dudley. For me, the introduction of Twm Sion Cati was a nice move since I had first encountered him in George Borrow's Wild Wales, all in all an enjoyable read sufficient to keep me reading when I should have been asleep.

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