The Sorcerer's Tale: Faith and Fraud in Tudor England

The Sorcerer's Tale: Faith and Fraud in Tudor England

by Alec Ryrie
     
 

"An earl's son, plotting murder by witchcraft; conjuring spirits to find buried treasure; a stolen coat embroidered with pure silver; crooked gaming-houses and brothels; a terrifying new disease, and the self-trained surgeon who claims he can treat it." "This is the world of Gregory Wisdom, a physician, magician, and consummate con-man at work in sixteenth-century… See more details below

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"An earl's son, plotting murder by witchcraft; conjuring spirits to find buried treasure; a stolen coat embroidered with pure silver; crooked gaming-houses and brothels; a terrifying new disease, and the self-trained surgeon who claims he can treat it." "This is the world of Gregory Wisdom, a physician, magician, and consummate con-man at work in sixteenth-century London. In this book, Alec Ryrie uses previously unknown documents to reconstruct this extraordinary man's career. The journey takes us through the cut-throat business of early modern medicine, down to Tudor London's gangland of fraud and organized crime; from the world of Renaissance magi and Kabbalistic conjurers to street-corner wizards; and into the chaotic, exhilarating religious upheavals of the Reformation." On the way, we learn how Tudor England's dignified public face and its rapacious underworld were intimately connected to each other. Gregory Wisdom's career is an object lesson in how to conjure up wealth and respectability from nothing in a turbulent age. And it provides a unique glimpse into a world intoxicated with new ideas, where it was impossible to know quite what to believe - or who to trust.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199570904
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Chronology

1 The Nobleman

2 The Physician

3 The Underworld

4 The Magician

5 The Preacher

Conclusion: Barbarians at the Gates

Appendix Gregory Wisdom's Will

Notes

Photographic Acknowledgements

Index

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