Nostradamus, Bibliomancer: The Man, the Myth, the Truth [NOOK Book]

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Do you think Nostradamus, the famous 16th century "Prophet of Provence," was some kind of magician, perhaps a doctor, astrologer, and seer, too? If so, Peter Lemesurier-s revelation that he was really just an ordinary man using an equally ordinary technique may come as a shock.
After re-examining the original sources, Lemesurier concludes that Nostradamus was in fact neither a doctor nor an astrologer, nor even (by his own admission) a prophet. He merely believed that history ...
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Overview

Do you think Nostradamus, the famous 16th century "Prophet of Provence," was some kind of magician, perhaps a doctor, astrologer, and seer, too? If so, Peter Lemesurier-s revelation that he was really just an ordinary man using an equally ordinary technique may come as a shock.
After re-examining the original sources, Lemesurier concludes that Nostradamus was in fact neither a doctor nor an astrologer, nor even (by his own admission) a prophet. He merely believed that history repeats itself, thus and projected known past events onto the future. To do so, he used the process of bibliomancy-randomly selecting extracts of randomly chosen books, then claiming "divine inspiration."
Unsurprisingly, he has almost never been proved right.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781601637178
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 880,611
  • File size: 2 MB

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Peter Lemesurier is the author of many works on the world's great mysteries and is widely regarded as the leading English-language expert on Nostradamus. He has written several books on Nostradamus, including the best-selling Nostradamus Encyclopedia, the authoritative The Unknown Nostradamus, and Nostradamus: The Illustrated Prophecies. Born in 1936, he has been a musician, teacher, translator, author, and jet pilot. He has twice been invited by the town of Salon-de-Provence (Nostradamus's hometown) to lecture in French on the seer, and has appeared on numerous TV productions and radio programs, including, Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and UK's Channel 4. He lives in Pembroke, UK.
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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    A Man of Mystery or Deception - Who Was the Real Nostradamus?

    After a brief historical overview of the life of Michel de Nostredame (1503-1566), Peter Lemesurier considers who the alleged mystic was and what he actually did during his lifetime, based on contemporary documentary evidence. In the process, Lemesurier debunks the linguistic misunderstandings, hearsay and falsehoods that have arisen about the man and his work.

    Penned in 16th-century French and rendered cryptically under Virgilian influence, with many printing errors, Nostradamus's original writings are so obscure that they are all but inaccessible to the modern-day reader who has not studied them in great detail-small wonder that they are so commonly misunderstood and therefore misrepresented. Lemesurier has taken the effort out of such an exercise by listing the claims that have been made in relation to Nostradamus's writing alongside a note of the texts concerned, and then analyzing each of them in turn. The records relating to his doctoral qualifications are examined, which show that Nostradamus was simply an opportunistic apothecary living at the time of the Great Plague.

    Lemesurier shows that Nostradamus was no more an astrologer than he was a doctor, with his incompetence on the former score being subject to much mudslinging from the full-blooded astrologers of his day. Nostradamus's Les Propheties (The Prophecies) is shown to be merely an anthology of known prophecies from the past, fittingly adapted to suit present and anticipated circumstances in the light of known historical events projected into the future. Instead, the divinatory method that Nostradamus actually used is shown as most likely being that of bibliomancy (the random selection of extracts from books chosen by chance). Part Two of Nostradamus, Bibliomancer discusses the random historical texts and sources Nostradamus himself chose as the bases for many of his prophecies. The English translation of the original text is done in as literalistic a way as possible for the benefit of those who prefer to get as close as possible to the original wording.

    Nostradamus, Bibliomancer is well illustrated, and rounded off with several notes, a comprehensive bibliography, and a substantial index. The accompanying CD contains facsimiles of three original editions of the Propheties, plus a French reprint of the much later Dutch edition of 1668, Nostradamus's cookbooks, one of his annual Almanachs and Videl's critique of 1558. Peter Lemesurier, a former Cambridge linguist and professional translator, with a Cambridge MA in Modern and Mediaeval Languages, is widely regarded as the leading English-language expert on Nostradamus. He has written some ten books on Nostradamus, including the best-selling Nostradamus Encyclopedia of 1997, the authoritative The Unknown Nostradamus, and Nostradamus: The Illustrated Prophecies. He is also an established editor of the English, French and German Wikipedia articles on Nostradamus.

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