Myths and rumors about Nostradamus and his prophecies


Nostradamus personality, his life and especially the prediction of great interest to the modern generation, accompanied by a lot of questions. In the past, it was gossip and speculation gave rise to a number of myths about the events completely unrelated to Nostradamus. As a result, at the moment there is a huge number of misconceptions about his life.

Nostradamus was a Jew who converted to Christianity?

Not until we know only that the part of his father's family was of Jewish ancestry, and his paternal grandfather, Pierre de Nostradamus converted to Christianity in about forty years before the birth of Nostradamus.

But it is assumed that he had inherited his prophetic gift from the Israeli tribe of Issachar?

He always claimed that he handed him the gift of maternal rather than paternal.

Is it true that he believed that the planets revolve around the sun, before Copernicus?

There's no evidence.

Is it true that Nostradamus taught his grandfather, who was honored by physicians at the court of King Rene of Provence?

No. It should begin with the fact that his grandfather's nothing like a never imagined. It seems that this story came up with his son, Cesar, who was presented as a family history, about a century later. Secondly, his paternal grandfather, Pierre, was a merchant in Avignon, and not the fact that successful. Maternal grandfather, René de Saint-Remy, supposedly died before he was born visionary future. And third, the education of their children are likely involved (if ever anyone did)'s maternal great-grandfather Jean de Saint-Remy, which really was a doctor, but only local, but also allegedly served as city treasurer.

Of course, it is true that in 1521 he went to Montpellier to study medicine?

No. He himself says in his work «Traité des fardemens et confitures», spent from 1521 to 1529, roaming the country in search of drugs and medicines. In Montpellier had no record of his presence at this time. Then, in 1529, when he again came in sight, when he was a pharmacist, it was quickly expelled for "gross reviews about the doctors." Preserved his writings, as well as a record of his exile.

But, of course, he was educated doctor?

Even this is no official record, but such a conclusion can be drawn from circumstantial evidence later.

But, as he taught at the Faculty of Montpellier, of course, he had a doctor's qualifications?

The fact that he taught there, there is absolutely no record. In addition, in 1531 he appeared in Agen, which means that teach in Montpellier, he did not have time.

His first wife's name was in Agen Adriett de Lobeyak?

No, this woman was the wife of Scaliger. Nostradamus wife's name was Henrietta d'Enkoss.

She and two of their children died of the plague?

No one knows the cause of death.

But of course, it is true that Nostradamus was persecuted by the Spanish Inquisition for heresy?

They say that the Inquisition of Toulouse asked him to explain to his remark about the quality of bronze casting of the Virgin Mary, but the official records do not exist.

But, of course, he was persecuted Inquisition. If not for that, then at least for his prophecy?

No records even that the Inquisition ever even explored his prophetic activity: in fact, it has always been in good standing with the Church.

But the Encyclopedia Britannica states that in 1781 he was in the Vatican's Index of Forbidden Books.

Yes, and this is wrong Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as certain other matters related to Nostradamus. His name is never actually mentioned in any of the editions of the Vatican Index, and 25 studies of topical publications Municipal Library of Lyon found that of its publication in 1781 actually was not. His Almanac 1562 even contains an open letter to the Pope.

But, of course, everyone knows that his religion was just a cover for his magical work, is not it?

There is every reason to believe that he really was a deeply devout Roman Catholic, seriously sympathetic Franciscan movement. Here's what statement made by his secretary Chavigny after his death:

"He approved rites of the Roman Church and remained faithful to the Catholic faith and religion, taking the view that it is no salvation. He was seriously rebuked those who came out of her womb, preparing for the possibility to afford to eat light freedoms alien doctrines. Their end, he believed, would be an evil and horrible. "

Then, the fact that he gave money to the Franciscans, had a good relationship with the Archbishop of Arles, remained in Paris with a strong Archbishop Sensskim, treating various priests who left money to two Franciscan monasteries, was buried in the Franciscan chapel, and his son joined the monastic order …

As for the incompatibility of Christianity and magic, the thinkers of the Renaissance actually still struggling with the problem of how to reconcile the pagan practices with Christian beliefs of the time, particularly in connection with the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo: the issue for several decades not been decided in favor of the latter.

Is it true that Nostradamus very successfully treated plague?

It depends on what counts as a success. Of course, at the same time, he earned a lot of money and a reputation. But he admitted that during an outbreak of plague in Aix-en-Provence, none of his treatment was not successful.

But he also used the advanced antiseptics, recommended exercise and a diet low in animal fats, and refused to let the blood of his patients

The first three assumptions — is pure fantasy. He himself admitted in his work «Traité», that he blew a patient's blood, and that it did not help. His famous "pink pills", which he wrote the recipe in the book seems to have been used only for prevention. There is no clear evidence that his methods are very different from the traditional, except that he attached great importance to the running water, which suggests that it has found a new mode of public hygiene.


  • Is it true that he wrote "The predictions of Orvale" in 1542?

No. The style and language of these prophecies makes it painfully clear that they were written around the time of Napoleon, and his claim to the prediction rule (surely, Napoleon always carried them with him). Orval (on the border with Belgium) was at the center of hostilities between France and the Holy Roman Emperor in 1542, so it is unlikely that such scholars as travelers Nostradamus could be around at the time.

  • During a visit to Italy, he recognized the young monk of the future Pope, and sank to her knees. This proves that he was a prophet, is not it?

For a similar case, there is no historical or archival records.

  • Is it true that, back in Salon-de-Provence, he began to write his "Centuries"?

No, he wrote his first cookbook (Traité des fardemens et des confitures), and began writing annual almanac, which continued to write until his death. And she and the other work was much better known, and sold out better than his more recent predictions.

  • His predictions of weather and crops were always right?

No, in fact they often turned out to be wrong, and sometimes devastating effects.

  • But if people continue to buy them, they had to be true?

If people buy them, rather in the hope that the next time can come true …

  • Home book of his prophecies called "Centuries", right?

Wrong. "Centuries" — is mostly unremarkable description of ten books, consisting of one hundred poems that were to enter into it. The actual name of the book — "The Prophecies of Michel Nostradamus."

  • Is it true that he wrote them with a bowl of water and a magic mirror?

No evidence that he used a bowl of water or a magic mirror for this purpose. Bowl with water (which can be seen from the first two verses) needed her to drop her feet and in the skirt, in the manner of the Greek oracles. It seems that there was water in the bowl, highlights aromatic steam. As for the mirror, he just said that his visions were like the burning of a mirror, that is, a concave mirror, which collects the sun's rays. Try to ever look in the mirror to shave, and you will understand what he meant.

  • If he used a magic spell?

No one knows this, but he made it clear that he used the classic occult technology, which means almost the same thing. However, he was a great boaster.

  • But he was, at least, a beautiful astrologer, is not it?

No, actually it was a terrible astrologer, what have repeatedly pointed out professional of the time, and confirmed that it preserved the horoscope. He often stood for the planet's irregular marks, and put the Sun at the same time in two different parts of the sky. He never did not put the numbers in the printed table. For this he was so despised by the astrologers of the time, and he, in turn, separated himself from them, and proclaimed himself a simple astrofilom (amateur stars), which are directly or indirectly inspired by God himself.

  • So he was always right?

In his letter to King Henry II, he said that when he was visited by divine inspiration (directly across the planet, or the spirit, guiding it, or through the Archangel Michael), he could not make mistakes, or to be cheated. But then, in his letter to the Canons of Orange on February 4, 1562, he pointed out that, as a mere mortal, he could easily be mistaken. It certainly calls into question what he could do to have a divine revelation.

  • But, somehow, he managed to write his prophecy as a cipher?

No, he wrote his prophecies in the form of rhyming verse. This may seem like a cipher for those who are not familiar with the French poetry of the 16th century. Many of them do it may seem that it is not poetry. But none of the various theories claiming that he wrote the cipher has not received confirmation of serious experts in these matters.

  • Whether he used anagrams?

So did almost all the writers of the time, but only occasionally, and mostly out of respect to proper names, which they preferred to mask, or just for fun, or for self-defense.

  • The fact that Nostradamus used a lot of Latin and Greek words, of course, said that he did it on purpose?

Optional. Using the classic words were at the time of all accepted. Educated people they knew perfectly well, and also know the meaning of his frequent references to classical history and mythology. Nostradamus just takes this to the extreme, to avoid being branded as ignorant. And he succeeds in this so far.

  • Is it possible to understand the meaning of his recordings using a conventional pocket dictionary?

No. So it is impossible to do even with the contemporary French texts. And, of course, it will not work in the case of 16th century poetry, especially belonging to Nostradamus. You should always remember that he wrote poetry, and non-official documents, and did not think about the translation of these poems in foreign languages.

  • So, when in 1556 he went to Paris to meet with the king and queen …

That did not happen. Correspondence of the time is a clear indication that this happened in 1555, shortly after he published his first article.

  • … He went there in a carriage, as in the movie …

No, he was on horseback, probably, one of the king's horses, which were used for the Royal Mail. Crews while not yet been run mainly because that they did not have suitable roads. Even the Queen rode in a palanquin, and not in the crew.

  • Asked whether she Nostradamus question about the meaning of the verse I.35, about the upcoming death of the king during a duel?

On the content of the conversation is not known.

  • But, of course, writers such as E. & J. Hough Chithem disagree, as well as the film by Orson Welles?

Unfortunately, their biographical works absurdly inaccurate, and are not based on documented facts. Most of their claims are based on rumors of unknown origin, which were printed in the 19th century, not being supported by any reliable evidence of his contemporaries.

  • Whether Nostradamus predicted his own death in the anthology Presage 141?

Probably not. The truth is that his secretary Chavigny later speculated that it was so, so, putting tradition interpret the predictions of Nostradamus as you want. But actually Presage 141 mentions in November 1567, and Nostradamus died in July 1566. Therefore, if the verse was the prediction of his death, he stated the wrong date …

  • But if it is true, at least, is that Nostradamus was buried in such a way that people can not walk on his grave?

That there is absolutely no evidence, and in his will did not specify such requirements.

  • Is it true that when his body was dug up during the French Revolution, then found a medallion around his neck, which was specified the exact date of the exhumation?

No. This is a common urban myth, nothing confirmed.

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