Queen's Counsel John Dee: a “Magical” Course to the New World (1527—1608)
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Queen's Counsel John Dee: a “Magical” Course to the New World (1527—1608)
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Nikolai Ivanov 
Affiliation: Institute of World History RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow

Long before the beginning of the colonization of America and the fierce struggle with Spain for their share of the American “pie”, British ideologists carefully prepared for this expansion, giving legal, “rationalistic”, religious, mythological and “mystical” justifications of the “rights” of the British monarchy to the New World, as well as offering various options for the future colonial system on overseas lands. In the powerful ideological movement the significant role was played by Elizabeth I's adviser John Dee, who was revered as a genius, magician, outstanding philosopher, geographer and alchemist. It was he who introduced the mythological narratives of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, which he interpreted not as legends, but as “real events” that justified the imperial claims of Britain. His mathematical talent and deep knowledge of geocartography were applied to the skilful calculation of routes that were of paramount importance to English navigators exploring the New World. His occultism and mysticism (direct communication with the “angels” about the establishment of the British “new world order”) served the authorities in the implementation of expansionist plans.

British Empire, ideology, John Dee, Elizabeth I, King Arthur, Madog, occultism, mysticism
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