This chapter details Oxford's involvement in necromancy. Oxford's conjuring seems to have occurred either at the residence of Sir George Howard, Masters of the Armoury, or at the little house by the tiltyard, at Greenwich, perhaps as early as the summer of 1570. The necromancy attributed to Oxford by Howard and Arundel conforms to types illustrated in contemporary documents. Instructions for ‘copulation with a female spirite’ occur in a Folger manuscript dated circa 1580: ‘the maner to maik a bande to bynd the vij sisters of the fayeres’. Oxford is credited with the assumption that the magician's goal is not so much pleasure as knowledge — particularly knowledge of the future.
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