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Nostradamus Essay, Research Paper


Michel De Nostradame, otherwise known as Nostradamus was born December

14, 1503. His family was of Jewish ancestry. His grandfather, Pierre de

Nostradame, had settled in Provence because by the mid-1400s, many Jews had

come to live there.

Nostradamus’ father was Jacques de Nostradame. Jacques worked as a

scholary, since most people didn’t know how to write he wrote things for them,

from love letters to formal documents. Jacques’ income provided a good home at

the time. Nostradamus’ earliest recollection of his home was the following:

Typical of all proven?al homes in the sixteenth century was the room

where both domestic and social life was carried on. The center and

symbol of the room’s activity was the great fireplace, majestic, caver-

nous, holding a banked fire that never went out since his mother and

father moved in. Shining pots and pans of brass hung low from the

mantle shelf. At either angle of the fireplace was an oak settle were

his grandfathers liked to laze and talk when they came to visit. On the

walls hung light cabinet shelves holding salt and spices.

Nostradamus had one definite brother, C?sar who wrote Histoire de

Provence, a book which sustains the myth of the Nostradamus royal line.

Historians think Nostradamus had three other brothers, Bertrand, Hector, and

Antoine, but they are not sure and almost nothing is known about them besides

their names.

Nostradamus was educated by his grandfathers. First Peyrot, who had

been a great traveler, brought Nostradamus up in his home. He taught

Nostradamus the basics of mathematics, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Astrology.

After Peyrot de Nostradamus’ death Nostradamus moved back in with his parents,

Jacques and Reyni?re. It is thought that his other grandfather took over his

education for a while, but the family decided to send Nostradamus to Avignon,

which at that period was the center of Renaissance learning. At Avignon,

Nostradamus spent many hours at University libraries.

Nostradamus’ biggest interest was astrology. His interest in astrology

began to worry his parents, and by the advice of his grandfather he was sent to

the University of Montpellier to study medicine. The University of Montpellier

was regarded as second only to that of Paris in all of France.

Nostradamus arrived there in 1522 at nineteen years of age. In three years he

studied all the subjects needed for his bachelor’s degree. He was tutored by

some of the finest doctors in Europe. The process of getting a degree was far

more arduous than in the present day, and lasted much longer. A successful

candidate was given his license to practice by the bishop of Montpellier.

Nostradamus achieved this in 1525.

Nostradamus left the University and acquired a great reputation as a

doctor by treating victims of the plague that ravaged that part of Europe, he

would return later to get his doctorate. He was widely known for his use of his

own formulas and prescriptions. He was recorded as being very successful. He

made his medicines according to the patient; the richer the patient, the more

expensive the ingredients were.

One of Nostradamus’ medicines used for tooth decay consisted of the

following, it was not at all unusual for the time:

300-400 red roses, picked before dawn.

1oz. Sawdust from green fresh Cyprus.

6oz. Iris of Florence.

3oz. cloves.

3 drams sweet smelling calamus, tiger lily.

6 drams lignaloes. Pulverize the rose petals, in a mortar, mixed with a

powder made from the above. Make the mixture in to lozenges, dry and keep

enclosed, away from the air. Keep one in the mouth at all times.

Nostradamus got married in 1547 to a woman named Anne Ponsarde Gemelle,

a rich woman and a widow. Even though Nostradamus was Christian he had not

always been that way, and the townspeople abused him as a Jew. His reputation

decreased. It was around this time that he started writing books called

Almanachs. The first one, which came out in 1550, had information on things

like the weather and crops. Many of these things were wrong, but the book was a


In 1555 Nostradamus completed a series of books of prophecies, each

containing 100 predictions about the future. They were joined in a book for the

first time in 1568, the book contained 1000 predictions. Nostradamus predicted

a lot of things. The following are several:

In prophecy number I.XXVI he says that in mid-day a great man, one that

promises change to the world will be struck and killed in front of thousands of

people. This is thought to explain John F. Kennedy’s death. In prophecy number

II.V Nostradamus predicts a third World War. He says a great country in the

north will be struck by a great blast from the sky, plague and blood. Many will


The books of prophecies are very interesting to read and are very accurate.

Starting in 1561 a streak of prophecies became true and Nostradamus’

reputation grew so much that Jean Aymes de Chavigny the ex-mayor Beaunne, a city

in France was quoted as saying ?People came to France and sought Nostradamus as

the only thing to be seen.?

By the end of 1565 Nostradamus was seriously ill suffering from arthiritis

and gout, a painfull swelling of the joints. On June 17, 1566 he wrote his

will; a couple of days later he died. He lived 62 years, 6 months, 7 days. He

was very old if you consider the fact that he lived in the 1500’s when the life

expectancy was around 43 years. When he was 57 Chavigny described him as the


He was a little under medium height, robust, nible, and vigorous. He

had a large open forehead, a straight nose and gray eyes which were usually

pleasant, but blazed when he was angry. His cheeks were red even at his old

age. He spoke little, but thought a great deal. He slept only four or five

hours a night. I can remember his charity to the poortowards whom he was

very generous.

Nostradamus had a great life he had everything he wanted besides that

fact that his family was killed by the plague and he was not able too help them.


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