A Feast for the Life of Johannes Dee

Currant cake
John Dee portrait

According to Charlotte Fell Smith, this portrait was painted when Dee was 67. It belonged to his grandson Rowland Dee and later to Elias Ashmole, who left it to Oxford University.

Tomorrow is John Dee’s 492nd birthday. Known best for being Court Astrologer to Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I, as well as being responsible — with Edward Kelley — for the Enochian system of communication with Angels, John Dee was born July 13, 1527 in Tower Ward, London.

Learn more about John Dee:

To celebrate Dee’s birth, here is a feast menu that might have been enjoyed in his time:


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