Born Michel de Nostredame [latin: Nostradamus (1503-1566)].
Place of Birth: Saint Remi, southern France.
Profession: French physician and astrologer, considered a poet and writer.
Known for: A series of published prophetic writings and quatrains in his book, Centuries.
He studied medicine in Montpellier, and started a practice about 1525. Soon after, he began to treat victims of the plague in communities of southern France. Nostradamus used innovative methods of treatment, and his success in curing extremely ill patients earned him a reputation as a specially gifted healer.
About 1550, Nostradamus moved to Salon, where he began to write his prophecies. His well-known collection of poetic prophecies called Centuries was published in 1555. The prophecies in Centuries appear in four-line rhyming verses called quatrains. In vague language, they describe events from the mid-1500s through the end of the world, which is predicted to come in ad3797. Many people have interpreted the prophecies in Centuries, connecting certain ones with events that have taken place since Nostradamus’s time.
The publication of Centuries increased his fame, bringing many people to visit him in Salon during the rest of his life. Catherine de Medicis, queen of France, asked him to plot the horoscopes of her husband, King Henry II, and their children. In 1560, King Charles IX of France appointed Nostradamus court physician.
Some school of thought consider Nostradamus a poet and others consider him a prophet and several, a charlatan who delved into mysticism of sorts but of one thing we’re certain, he wrote is predictions in the form of poetry and with good literary precision and rhyming.
Popular Quotes by Nostradamus
The blood of the just will be demanded of London burnt by fire in three times twenty plus six. The ancient lady will fall from her high position, and many of the same denomination will be killed.
(Believed to refer to the Great Fire of London, 1666. The “ancient lady” is interpreted as the Cathedral of St Paul’s, which was destroyed in the fire.)