Every age has seen itself reflected in different interpretations of Nostradamus’s prophecies. By the twentieth century, he was used as a propaganda weapon by both sides in two world wars, and as the twenty-first century loomed, he became a lightning rod for millennial anxieties and hopes.
BUT WHO WAS THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH?
Discover the Double Life of Nostradamus: The Legend and the Reality
The Christian physician and Jewish astrologer — his religious roots
The plague doctor — his reputation as a renowned healer
The tragic widower — the loss of his family
The prophet — the awakening of his gift
The author — first attempts at published prophecy
The Royal confidante — the favor of the Queen of France
The spirit — famous beyond the grave
The global phenomenon — predictions of world wars and the September 11 terrorist attack on New York.
Over the last 500 years, the sixteenth-century French doctor, Michel de Nostradamus (1503–1566), and his obscure yet compelling prphecies, have cast a spell on generations of readers. Many interpreters of Nostradamus believed that New Year’s Day 2000 would see the edn of the world. Does its peaceful passing expose Nostradamus as a charlatan, or has he simply been misunderstood? In this new millennium, with dramatic world events casting new xcrutiny on his predicitons, the time is ripe for a reassessment of the man and his myth.
Nostradamus was a man destined to lead a double life. Born in 1503 to Jewish parents who had converted to Christianity, Nostradamus baecame skilled in the forbidden arts of astrology and the occult, and chose the life of a doctor to hide his shadow life from those religiously intolerant times. A Christian physician by day, and an underground Jewish astrologer and Pagan theurgist by night, he risked his life issuing a serialized book of 1,000 prediitons on the future published between 1555 and 1561. It became a best-seller and its purported successes in predicting events of his own time made Nostradamus the talk of the courts of Europe. He attracted both support and enmity from the most powerful people in France, and while the Queen of France bestowed honors, the justices of the Inquisition cast a dark and threatening shadow.
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Nostradamus, John Hogue traces the life and legacy of the French prophet in fascinating and insightful detail, revealing much little-known and original material never before published in English. Nostradamus: A Life and Myth is the first full-bodies biography of one of the most famous and controversial historical figures of the last millennium.
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