The John Dee Royal Library,
Oxford University London Campus,
Department: Queen Mary I Archives
Field/s: British and Celtic Mythology, Founding History
Academic Subject/s: Fae & Unseelie Court, The Tudors, Queen Mary I, Queen Elizabeth I, Dr John Dee, Founding of D.o.S.A/D.O.S.A
Period: 1554 AD– 1609 AD
The Department of Occultic Statistical Anomalies or DOSA was reportedly founded by the famous occultist, natural philosopher, Royal Naval advisor, Royal astrologist and one of the most prominent figures in Queen Elizabeth I’s court, Dr John Dee.
In 1554, he accepted a readership in mathematics at Oxford University, where DOSA is reported to be located. His understanding of natural philosophy and the occult brought him into connection to a young Elizabeth Tudor; who sought ways to protect herself against her sister, Queen Mary I and her unnatural allies.
From a young age, Mary had associated herself with witches from the Dark Fairy Realms, who fortified her health from her many ailments. She had been in their company from as young as four or five years old. It is believed that this coincided with her surviving an almost deadly bout of something similar to Scarlet fever. Although it is not known what she was diagnosed with, the symptoms she was reported to have suffered from are mostly closely related to it. Although notably during the fever her eyes were reported to have changed colour and spoke in a language that caused the servants that heard her to suddenly resign. As she recovered, she started talking to her new ‘friends’. These ‘friends’ stayed with her to her very early teenage years, although it is said she only spoke to them when she was alone and unobserved.
When Mary became Queen, the killings of over eight hundred rich Protestants were reportedly ritually sacrificed in exchange for her youthful looks and good health. However, these enchantments came at a cost. She had been left her unable to bear children. She knew that the line of succession would eventually pass to Elizabeth so sought to prolong her reign by increasing her expected lifespan with magic and further sacrifices. When she married to King Philip II of Spain she reported a miscarriage early on in the marriage and later had her body glamoured by spells so that she appeared pregnant, or medically known as a ‘phantom pregnancy’. This was the only way she believed she could secure and hold onto her power.
It is commonly believed that Mary shunned her sister due to the line of inheritance – her birth invalidating Mary’s right to secession – and her father’s remarriage. In fact, this may not be the case at all. In fragments of diaries of those in Mary’s court, it believed that these fae folk from her childhood persisted into adulthood and informed her decision making. She was noted once or twice of saying that she had been informed of goings on overseas by her ‘personal’ privy council, to which the information they provided turned out to be true. It was this piece of information, lost to history, which garnered her favour of her future husband. There was no explanation at the time how the Queen or her ‘otherworldly’ allies could know of such things. It is said that it was these Fae folk from the Dark Realm who hated Elizabeth more than Mary and supposedly further turned Mary against her half-sister for unknown reasons.
Elizabeth could no longer stand and watch Mary, imbued by witchcraft, tear her beloved England apart. She tasked Dr John Dee and his researchers to counteract the enchantments cast over her sister. They were able to identify a ritual to counteract the effects and magiks of the Fae Court. Dee, with the blessing of Elizabeth, carried out this ritual. Although never confirmed, it was rumoured that Elizabeth was involved herself in the task. There are stories of her participation as far as sacrificing her own hair, blood and even a small piece of her own flesh. It was supposed that the latter was taken from around her ribcage and is a possible theory as to why she never allowed anyone to see her bare flesh in that region. Queen Mary’s health immediately and dramatically declined after the ritual. The disease that she had survived as a child, which had not seen in adults, ravaged her body. She turned weak and feeble, her pallor fading, her hair thinning to almost balding. She was rumoured to have died within months after Dee completed his ‘work’ dressed almost as if a life-size doll.
With Elizabeth now, Queen, the man who saved England became her appointed advisor and astrologist. Her implicit trust him in went so far as that he was asked to calculate and divine the date for her coronation. His life at Oxford was propelled forward with royal funding. His ideas on the preservation of text flourished from his own personal library at his estate to the now world-famous Elizabethan wonder, The John Dee Library at the University of Oxford’s London campus. It is now more famously known as Alexandria’s Daughter, in reference to the comparable wealth of knowledge between it and the great wonder of the ancient world.
As time progressed, the library became home to some of the most important and groundbreaking manuscripts in the world. Dee’s personal interest in natural philosophy granted it the largest collection on the occult and natural sciences in known history. Its collection was varied but lacked depth. Occultic research was, by this time, on a downwards spiral in popularity. With new scientific methods, in conjunction with Elizabeth’s own need to unify both Protestants and Catholics with the state; her support and funding of Dr Dee and his work were publicly cut short…(1/2)