Twickenham will host a talk about the life of Mortlake resident John Dee, an advisor to Elizabeth I, who is described as one of the most "extraordinary and enigmatic" people in Tudor England.

In honour of National Libraries Week, expert and historian Will Bird will be at Twickenham Library from 7pm on October 9, to hold the talk.

John Dee (1527–1609) was a renaissance polymath, with interests in almost all branches of learning.

Dee served Elizabeth I at court, advised navigators on trade routes to the ‘New World’, travelled throughout Europe and studied ancient history, astronomy, cryptography and mathematics.

He is also had a deep passion for mystical subjects, including astrology, alchemy and the world of angels.

Cllr John Coombs, Lead Member for Culture and Libraries, said: “Our borough has a fascinating history, where many residents have played influential roles in the development of our country.

“John Dee is one of those people.

“He was trusted by Elizabeth I through the most momentous events of her reign.

“But was he a brilliant scholar, scientific genius or magician? You decide!”

Dee claimed to own over 3,000 books and 1,000 manuscripts, which he kept at his home in Mortlake near London, on the River Thames, but these are believed to have been lost.

He was also responsible for building one of the greatest private libraries of the 16th century which he also managed to lose.

Cllr Coombs added: “This is another example of one of the marvellous, varied events and activities held at our local libraries – and a perfect way to celebrate Libraries Week.”

Tickets for this event will cost £3 and will include refreshments.

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