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(IX.) HISTORY - Success - And The Beginning Of Failure

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« on: August 17, 2007, 08:42:28 pm »

Dee's interest in astrology lasted his lifetime - in 1603 and 1604 he was casting the horoscopes of his grandchildren, and predicting for his eldest son great fortune won at the hands of a foreign prince (which turned out to be entirely true, for the boy was to become the personal physician of Tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov).

But sadly, the unfavourable reputation he acquired during the last twenty years of his life outweighed the value of his work for the state, to say nothing of his serious interest in astrology; and finally, he probably contributed to the atmosphere which was to encourage the approaching desuetude of astrology.

It is frequently suggested that Dee was the original of Shakespeare' s Prospero, which may or may not have been the case; it is reasonable to assume that Shakespeare would have encountered Dee in the small world of 16th-century London, and he may have given him some information about Bermuda, the isle of The Tempest.

Shakespeare was as interested in astrology as any other Elizabethan; indeed anyone who wants to know just how the average citizen felt about the subject can do far worse than go to the plays.
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