prophesies had become legendary throughout London, because whatever
she predicted could be counted on with complete certainty never to
occur. In her career as a seer, Princess Erika had only once made a
correct prediction, and that only by accident. Her reliability was
held in great esteem by many—travelers had begun to frequent her rooms
to receive her solemn assurances that they would die on their next
voyage, and merchants sought her recommendations on which ventures
she guaranteed to fail.'