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Nostradamus. Author or prophecies. Childhood. Born Michel de Nostredame on Dec. 14 th , 1503 in the South of France Youngest of eight children Father was a grain dealer. Originally Jewish, converted to Catholicism Not a lot of things are known for certain concerning Nostradamus’ childhood ….

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nostradamus

Nostradamus

Author or prophecies

childhood
Childhood
  • Born Michel de Nostredame on Dec. 14th, 1503 in the South of France
  • Youngest of eight children
  • Father was a grain dealer. Originally Jewish, converted to Catholicism
  • Not a lot of things are known for certain concerning Nostradamus’ childhood …
childhood cont
Childhood Cont.
  • Said to have been educated by his maternal great-grandfather (while others say that he passed away when young Nostradamus was one-year-old).
  • It is for certain, however, that Nostradamus entered the University of Avignon to study for his baccalaureate
  • The university closed a year later due to the plague
facing troubles
Facing Troubles
  • Worked as an apothecary in 1529 after Avignon was closed down
  • Entered the University of Montpelier to study for his doctorate in medicine
  • Unfortunately, expelled from the university when administration found out that Nostradamus had been working as an apothecary
  • Continued to work as an apothecary and became famous for creating the Rose Pill. Said to protect from the plague
marriage
Marriage
  • In 1531, invited by Jules-Cesar Scaliger, a leading Renaissance scholar, to Agen
  • Met his wife there (whose name is still under dispute) and she bore him two children
  • Three years later, Nostradamus’ wife and two children passed away as victims of the Plague
  • Spent several years working with physicians trying to find cures for the plague
  • Eventually remarried in 1547 to a rich widow, Anne Ponsarde, and had six children
the seer
The Seer
  • Started to move away from medicine and towards the occult
  • Decided to write an almanac for 1550
  • Along with the release of his first almanac, Nostradamus Latinized his name.
  • Almanac proved to be a success and started to write one for each following year
  • All together, the almanacs contain 6,338 prophecies
  • Most of them are failed predictions
prophecies
Prophecies
  • Began writing a book of one thousand quatrains. These are the prophecies that Nostradamus is famous for today
  • Mixed reactions with the public
  • Some believed Nostradamus to be a servant of evil and a fake
  • Catherine de Medicis, queen of France, was one of Nostradamus’ greatest supporters
  • Summoned him to Paris and had him draw up horoscopes for each of her children
the final years
The Final Years
  • By 1566, Nostradamus’ gout made any type of movement extremely difficult
  • Knowing that the end was year, bequeathed all of his money (about $300,000) to his wife
  • On July 2nd, 1566, found dead next to his bed