More Ancient Prophecies
For more than a decade William Lilly, the parliamentary astrologer and interpreter of ancient prophecies, persuaded Englishmen that God smiled upon their revolution despite the evidence of apparitions, portents, and prodigies to the contrary. Charles I was the evil White King, and everything would work out for the best when the Chicken of the Eagle put things right. As late as 1657, Thomas Pugh’s mammoth collection of ancient prophecies continued to underscore the fact that the ancient texts supported the revolution.
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