John Dee (13 July 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was an English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occultist, navigator, imperialist and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy.
In 1583, he and his family were living with Edward Kelley and his family. Together, they performed studies involving the Book. At this point, John Dee was also in the possession of an Apple of Eden. Kelley's stepdaughter Elizabeth Jane Weston once discovered it and unwrapped it from its cloth, but Dee quickly found her and took the Apple from her.
Not too long afterwards, Dee and Kelley got into an argument about the Book, saying that it would destroy Kelley if he kept working with it. This led to a fight between the two sometime later, causing Dee to leave Kelley and his family.
In 1603, after Elizabeth Jane Weston married Johannes Leo and Queen Elizabeth I had died, Dee sent Elizabeth a wedding gift with Elizabeth I holding a golden apple and three goddesses standing at her side; the event resembling the Judgment of Paris. In an additional letter, Dee explained that the object the Queen was holding and the three goddesses were all real.
Some time later, he sent another letter to Elizabeth, recommending her to watch the play by the Bard of Avon, saying that he thought she would "find the subject matter of this play prevalent to [her] liking."