END OF THE WORLD MYTH: JOHN DEE-STRUCTION OF THE EARTH

John Dee sharpened his beard on a daily basis.

Plenty of gullible people think the world will end this December 21st so Balladeer’s Blog has been examining various end of the world myths and predictions from the past.

March 17th, 1842 – Just as many people mistakenly believe that the Mayan calendar explicitly predicts the end of the world on December 21st, 2012, the year 1842 saw a mad rush of people putting their faith in a non-existent prophecy attributed to the venerable mathematician and astrologer John Dee.

The Elizabethan scholar noted for the surreal sharpness of his beard (I’m kidding!) was believed to have written a poem predicting global destruction on St Patrick’s Day of 1842. That poem was much more explicit than the textual Rorschach Test called The Prophecies of Nostrodamus and actually did lay out details of worldwide catastrophe.

The “Doomsday Doggerel” claimed that London would be swallowed up by a sinkhole, all of France would be wiped out by a flood (no doubt the first bath the French would have had for the calendar year) and Spain would be split in two by a devastating earthquake. The day would also see the start of a worldwide famine that would kill off the rest of the population. 

Believers in this nonsense claimed the poem was in a Dee manuscript at the Harleian Museum, but to the surprise of no one with common sense the manuscript and the poem were both proved to be  nothing but a legend. 

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6 responses to “END OF THE WORLD MYTH: JOHN DEE-STRUCTION OF THE EARTH

  1. This was one of the best so far! People will still be predicting the imminent end of the world hundreds of years from now.

  2. The sharp beard jokes killed me!

  3. Anastasia

    Loved the beard joke!

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