Nostradamus

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1503 – 1566

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Who was Nostradamus?

Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known for his book Les Propheties, the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book, which has rarely been out of print since his death, Nostradamus has attracted a following that, along with much of the popular press, credits him with predicting many major world events.

Most academic sources maintain that the associations made between world events and Nostradamus's quatrains are largely the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations or else are so tenuous as to render them useless as evidence of any genuine predictive power. Nevertheless, occasional commentators have successfully used a process of free interpretation and determined 'twisting' of his words to predict an apparently imminent event. In 1867, three years before it happened, for example, Le Pelletier did so to anticipate either the triumph or the defeat of Napoleon III in a war that, in the event, begged to be identified as the Franco-Prussian War, while admitting that he could not specify either which or when.

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Born
Dec 14, 1503
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Also known as
  • Michel Nostradamus
  • Michel de Nostredame
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Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Education
  • University of Montpellier
    Medicine
    (1529 - )
  • University of Avignon
    (1518 - )
Lived in
  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Died
Jul 2, 1566
Salon-de-Provence

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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