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1) Bromhall, Thomas. “An history of apparitions, oracles, prophecies and predictions,
with dreams, visions and revelations.” Witchcraft in Europe and America; Reel
94, no. 985
London: John Streater, 1658.
Thomas Bromhall’s “An history of apparitions, oracles, prophecies and
predictions, with dreams, visions and revelations” is a glimpse into that time, a
compilation drawn from the literature and records of feared and unexplained events, with
selections from classical and European history, as well as the lore of his own age.
Arranged into two sections: “An History of Most strange Phantasies and Apparitions”
and “The Wonderfull History of Spectrals,” along with “A Learned Treatise… Written in
French, and now rendered into English.” All sections were annotated by Bromhall with
the sources from which he gathered his material. The section on “Oracles, Prophecies,
and Predictions of Devils” provides a history of prognostication covering ancient Greece,
the Roman Empire, Persian and Assyrian kings, and Europe in the Dark and Middle ages.
The astrologer to Tiberius Caesar correctly predicted that his stepfather Augustus would
recall him from exile and send a ship for him; Tiberius’s nephew Claudius predicted to
the month when he would be murdered, and Tiberius’s grand nephew Caligula had his
death predicted to the day by an Egyptian, who was sent to Rome to warn him, arriving