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Mother Shipton: England's Nostradamus

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« on: July 24, 2009, 02:24:30 am »

a very intersting but long account of mother Shipton life............................

Stags, Goblins and Dragons
As a curiosity of the age, Mother Shipton's private life was seldom her own. It is said that when pushed beyond the limits of her notoriously limited patience, she would send goblins to put some of her worst tormentors to flight. On one occasion she found herself before the local magistrate as a result. Promising worse things to come if she were not left unmolested, she is alleged to have called out "Updraxi, call Stygician Helluei" in a loud voice. A dragon answered her summons and flew her away from the court room and back to the safety of her own home. An engraving appeared in 1795 showing this remarkable feat, supposedly drawn from contemporary records -- though since Ursula had died nearly 250 years earlier, this seems unlikely. There is an equally improbable illustration of Mother Shipton riding in a carriage drawn by a stag, which had appeared in The Wonderful Magazine two years earlier. Such engravings, while of dubious accuracy, fed the myth and mined a rich vein of public fascination, which remains to this day.

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