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This is the first comprehensive, up to date biography of Nostradamus in the English language, published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of his birth.

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This is the first comprehensive, up to date biography of Nostradamus in the English language, published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of his birth.

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In the wake of September 11, rumors spread that the famous "prophet of Provence," Nostradamus, had predicted the tragedy. Now Nostradamus scholar Lemesurier (The Nostradamus Encyclopedia) firmly debunks this notion, and in light of the astrologer's continuing popularity, seeks to separate the man from the myth-"the dogmas have to go, the myths have to be discarded." In turn, he asserts, a "more interesting" man emerges. Lemesurier places his subject in the context of his time, the 16th century, when war, famine and plague often ruled, and people turned to books of prophecy for some sense of certainty about the future. Dismissing the significance of Nostradamus's predictions, the author argues that they are "generic," "deliberately designed... to refer to almost any incident at almost any time." But interpretations were attempted soon after his death, and a "Nostradamus industry" began to grow. Lemesurier also offers the first English translations of some of Nostradamus's nonprophetic writings, thereby giving a more complete sense of the man and his work. Readers seeking a balanced look at the controversial astrologer will do well to start here. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903816325
  • Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Map of Nostradamus's Provence vi
Foreword vii
Introduction: The Signs of The Times ix
1. The Child 1
2. The Herbalist 13
3. The Apothecary 23
4. The Water Bearer 37
5. The Ephemerist 51
6. The Celebrity 63
7. The Researcher 81
8. The Prophet 93
9. The Mage 113
10. The Controversialist 125
11. The Legacy 139
Appendices (Translated Extracts From Selected Texts)
A. Nostradamus's Cookbook 155
B. The Orus Apollo 183
C. The Almanac For July 1566 199
D. Specific Borrowings by Nostradamus from Earlier Prophecies 217
E. The Letter to Francois Berard 225
F. Contemporary Critiques 231
Reference-Bibliography 251
Index 257
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    A fine piece of work

    Lemesurier writes in a fluent style and manages to include a great many hard facts about the latest issues discussed among scholars in the field without burdening his book with scientific jargon. No doubt this is a fine piece of work, putting together a great number of sources used by the prophet and original works by Nostradamus so far not published in English.

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