Grove Koger

de Vere, Edward, Earl of Oxford (1550-1604), introduced by Query to actor William Shakespeare (1582), 31
        encouraged by Query to write under Shakespeare’s name (1583), 31
        embeds alchemical formulae in plays per Query’s instructions, 34
        sexual advances rebuffed by Query (1585), 35
        Query’s book identifying him as Shakespeare ridiculed by scholars (2011), 177
Dee, Dr. John (1527- ), accepts Query as apprentice in alchemical research, 24-26
        corresponds with Michel de Nostredame (Nostradamus), 25-26
apparent lack of jealousy re Query’s formulation of elixir, 28
        threatened by Elizabeth I (1602), 53
        stages his own death (1608), 55
        reunion with Query in Alexandria (1869), 131
        relocates to Berlin (1928), 145
        flees Germany for Beirut (1944), 155
        alerts Soviet agent Kim Philby to imminent arrest by MI6 (1963), 158
        urges Query not to reveal details of elixir, 179
        enters Carmelite Order, Priory of Elijah, Lebanon (2012), 180
        ejected from Carmelite order (2016), 181
Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (r. 1901-10), as Prince of Wales, encountered by
Query in brothels in Alexandria (1869), 133
        and in Constantinople (1870), 134


Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom (r. 1936), accompanied by Wallis Simpson, joins Query in nude bathing on Rab Island, Yugoslavia (1936), 115
encouraged by Query not to abdicate (1936), 116
        marries Simpson (1937), 117
        introduced by Query to Adolf Hitler (1937), 119
learns of Query’s affair with Simpson, 120
elixir of life, formulation by Query, 27
        dangerous side effects of, 28
        life-prolonging effects of, 29-32, 139, 157
        enhancement of sexual prowess by, 45, 97, 117-48, 133-34, 157-61
Elizabeth I, Queen of England (r 1558-1603), seeks Query’s counsel re Mary, Queen of Scots, 37-38
        attraction to Query, 46-49
        attraction unreciprocated, 47-49
        threatens Dee and Query with imprisonment (1602), 53
        sudden death of (1603), 54
Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom (r. 1952- ), orders Query arrested under the Official Secrets Act (2012), 181
orders investigation of Query’s escape by glider from the Tower of London (2016), 182

The originals of these two pages (numbered 192 and 193 on the recto and verso of a single sheet of ordinary paper) were found in a file devoted to British author Lawrence Durrell in the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1988. The library’s reference staff were unable to account for their inclusion in what appeared to be a totally unrelated file, and while the sheet seems to have been torn carelessly from a genuine book, extensive research has failed to reveal any details about the book, its author, or its publisher.

Grove Koger

Grove Koger is the author of When the Going Was Good: A Guide to the 99 Best Narratives of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure and Assistant Editor of Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal.

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