Cool bit of history

I was Wikipedia-ing John Dee (because of some books I’ve been reading lately) and ran into this fun fact that I thought I’d share:

When Elizabeth took the throne in 1558, Dee became her trusted advisor on astrological and scientific matters, choosing Elizabeth’s coronation date himself.[8][9] From the 1550s through the 1570s, he served as an advisor to England’s voyages of discovery, providing technical assistance in navigation and ideological backing in the creation of a “British Empire”, and was the first to use that term.[10] Dee was also Elizabeth I’s spy. He used as his signature on correspondences to Elizabeth the number “007” which would later be used by Ian Fleming in his James Bond novels.

Very cool!

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