William Lilly's History of His Life and Times: Written by Himself, in the Sixty-Sixth Year of His Age, to His Worthy Friend, Elias Ashmole, Esq

William Lilly's History of His Life and Times: Written by Himself, in the Sixty-Sixth Year of His Age, to His Worthy Friend, Elias Ashmole, Esq

by William Lilly
     
 
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Although we cannot, with justice, compare Elias Ashmole to that excellent Antiquary

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Although we cannot, with justice, compare Elias Ashmole to that excellent Antiquary John Leland, or William Lilly to the learned and indefatigable Thomas Hearne; yet I think we may fairly rank them with such writers as honest Anthony Wood, whose Diary greatly resembles that of his cotemporary, and intimate friend, Elias Ashmole.

The History of Lilly's Life and Times is certainly one of the most entertaining narratives in our language. With respect to the science he professed of calculating nativities, casting figures, the prediction of events, and other appendages of astrology, he would fain make us think that he was a very solemn and serious believer. Indeed, such is the manner of telling his story, that sometimes the reader may possibly be induced to suppose Lilly rather an enthusiast than an impostor. He relates many anecdotes of the pretenders to foretell events, raise spirits, and other impostures, with such seeming candor, and with such an artless simplicity of style, that we are almost persuaded to take his word when he protests such an inviolable respect to truth and sincerity.

To conclude; I know no record but this where we can find so just and so entertaining a History of Doctor Dee, Doctor Forman, Booker, Winder, Kelly, Evans, (Lilly's Master,) the famous William Poole, and Captain Bubb Fiske, Sarah Shelborne, and many others.
To these we may add, the uncommon effects of the Crystal, the appearance of Queen Mabb, and other strange and miraculous operations, which owe their origin to folly, curiosity, superstition, bigotry, and imposture.

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ISBN-13:
9781469941271
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/20/2012
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)

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