Edward Kelley

Edward Kelley
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An 18th-century engraving of Edward Kelley
Born1 August 1555
Worcester, England
Died1597/8 (aged c. 42)

Sir Edward Kelley[1] or Kelly, also known as Edward Talbot (UK: /ˈtɔːlbət/; 1 August 1555 – 1597/8),[2] was an English Renaissance occultist and self-declared spirit medium. He is best known for working with John Dee in his magical investigations. Besides the professed ability to summon spirits or angels in a "shew-stone" or mirror, which John Dee so valued,[3] Kelley also claimed to possess the secret of transmuting base metals into gold, the goal of alchemy, as well as the supposed philosopher's stone itself.

Legends began to surround Kelley shortly after his death. His flamboyant biography, his relationships with Queen Elizabeth I's royal magus Sir John Dee and the Emperor Rudolf II, and his claims of great alchemical skill and the ability to communicate with angels have all led to his relative notoriety among historians. This has made him (along with the German Faustus and Dee himself) one source for the folklorical image of the alchemist-medium-charlatan.[according to whom?]

  1. ^ Charlotte Fell-Smith, John Dee: 1527–1608. "Dee is careful to give his former skryer his full title 'Sir Edward Kelly, Knight, at the Emperor's Court at Prague.'"
  2. ^ Schleiner 2004.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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