posted on Mar, 4 2003 @ 05:41 AM
Yes, I agree that Dr. John Dee was a far more interesting person then Simon forman. I have books about each of them and they both had their share of
heartache and tradegy.
Simon Forman had a fanatic desire to be educated and continually experienced frustration because he didn't have the money or connections to ever gain
I do admire his determination but wonder if his obsessive need for education and status, fuelled his choice for setting up several medical practices
without a license from the Royal College of Physicians.
Like most physicians of his day, he used psuedo-science by mixing astrology when making medical his diagnoses.
He was also implicated in the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury. An excellent book that describes life in the court of James I, is called "Unnatural
Murder" by Anne Summerset, and describes that murder (by poison) in detail.
One very interesting thing in Forman's life, is that he actually predicted the day of his death (using astrology) and indeed, he died on that exact
day whilst rowing a boat across the Thames.
I had a thread about Dr. Dee, that didn't spark much interest, but should be in the ATS archived threads somewhere.
All the Best,