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15 September 2008

212 Pages | 20 halftones

ISBN: 9780199229963

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The Sorcerer's Tale

Faith and Fraud in Tudor England

Alec Ryrie

  • Recounts the strange and previously unknown story of Gregory Wisdom--physician, magician, and consummate con-man
  • Takes us on a whirlwind journey through Tudor London, from the cut-throat world of early modern medicine to the ganglands of fraud and organized crime; from Kabbalistic conjurors to street-corner wizards
  • Lays bare the intimate connections between Tudor England's dignified public face and its rapacious underworld
  • Highlights the important hidden links between the disparate worlds of medicine, magic, organized crime and religion in sixteenth-century England