- NOSTRADAMUS BIOGRAPHY
- NOSTRADAMUS, 16th Century Prophet, Physician
and Astrologer who wrote "THE PROPHECIES" and Allegedly Predicted the
RISE of NAPOLEON, HITLER, the BOMBING of HIROSHIMA, WORLD WAR I and the
- NOSTRADAMUS (Michel de Nostradame)
on December 14, 1503 in Saint Remy de Provence, France. His
grandfathers were scholars and one was a physician. Nostradamus
studied with his grandfathers, who taught him alchemy and
Kabbalah. Nostradamus left home at 14 years old to study at the
University of Avignon. In 1522 he began studying at the
University of Montpellier. He disagreed with the belief of the
Catholic priests who were against Copernicus' recent theory that
the Earth revolved around the sun. Nostradamus graduated with a
degree in medicine and astrology in 1525.
- Nostradamus practiced
medicine starting in 1529 and traveled around France. He began
trying to cure those suffering from the Bubonic Plague. Instead
of bleeding the sick people (which was common at the time), he
believed in more sanitary conditions and giving the victims a
revolutionary new herbal pill made from rosehips, now known as
simply "Vitamin C". People began recovering from his methods and
he became famous in Provence.
- In 1531, the prominent
scholar and physician Julius-Cesar Scalinger
invited Nostradamus to work for him. Nostradamus own wife and
children died of the plague and Nostradamus began getting
backlash from Scalinger and the town's people, for not being
able to save his own family. The Inquisition began threatening
and attacking Nostradamus, due to his comment about a religious
statue. Nostradamus left France to travel.
- In 1547, Nostradamus
returned to France and began spending his nights meditating over
a brass bowl filled with water, allegedly in an herbal-induced
haze having trances and visions of the future and making his
famous prophecies. Nostradamus' famous book of these visions is
"THE PROPHECIES" ("LES PROPHETIES"),
which was published in 1555. The book is grouped into
of 100 verses and include rhythmic "Quatrains"
(4-line poems) , mixing languages of Latin, French, Spanish and
Hebrew. He made the quatrains purposely obscure and cryptic, so
the Inquisition would not persecute him. His fellow physicians
called him an embarrassment, the religious people thought he was
possessed. Others thought he was a genius.
- Henry II and Catherine de Medici
invited Nostradamus to France
to become the court astrologer. Nostradamus went to the King's
court in 1556 to explain
Quatrain 35 of "Centuries I",
regarding his vision that Henry II not partake in any joisting
events, because he would be killed.
- "The young lion shall overcome the old
- On the field of battle in single duel:
- He'll put out his eyes in his cage of gold,
- Winner taking all, then a death most cruel."
- - Quatrain 1.35 from "The Prophecies"
- Nostradamus' prediction came true
and Henry II was killed in a dueling match. Catherine de Medici
gave Nostradamus financial support to allow him to complete his
book of prophecies.
- Nostradamus became sick
from gout and dropsy. On the evening of July 1, 1566,
Nostradamus reportedly told his secretary a prediction of his own death:
"You will not find me alive at sunrise." Nostradamus was found dead the next morning.
- Nostradamus allegedly predicted events in history, including the rise of NAPOLEON,
HITLER, the BOMBING of HIROSHIMA, LOUIS PASTEUR, APOLLO
MOON LANDING, the GREAT FIRE of LONDON, the SPACE SHUTTLE
CHALLENGER EXPLOSION, WORLD WAR I, the FRENCH REVOLUTION, the
EXECUTION of LOUIS XVI and the 9/11 ATTACKS.