The Prophecies (facsimile paperback)


The Prophecies have come down to us through hundreds of editions, the complexity of the language of Nostradamus (a mixture of French, Latin and Occitan), having led to all sorts of translations, not to mention the more or less risky interpretations which are drawn from it.

However, no essay or interpretation replaces reading it, a necessary confrontation with the authentic text.

Several editions having been considered as pirated or backdated, it is generally accepted that the edition which bears the date of September 1557 was actually published during the lifetime of Nostradamus. Subsequent editions of the text of the Prophecies indeed amplify typographical errors and other misprints, as well as apocryphal additions and texts.

This edition presents the facsimile of the 1557 edition.

Two complementary works, also published by AlterPublishing, present the transcription of this facsimile and a modernized transcription of this edition.

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ISBN : 979-8415012374


Michel de Nostredame, a.k.a Nostradamus, was born on December 14th, 1503 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and died on July 2nd, 1566 in Salon-de-Provence.

French apothecary, astrology follower like, at the time of the Renaissance, all his contemporaries, he published his famous predictions, the Prophecies.

They contributed to his fame so that Queen Catherine de Medici summoned him to court and appointed him doctor and adviser to the king.    

Nostradamus was one of the most esteemed doctors of his time: for years he traveled throughout Provence to treat the sick. To protect himself from the plague, Nostradamus advocated the use of a "sovereign-scented powder to ward off pestilential odors", an herbal prophylactic medication.

In 1546, a delegation from the city of Aix came to him to help their city decimated by the plague and to save them from "Provencal coal", (named for an effect on the skin that the plague brought). And of all the places where an epidemic broke out, he was sought after, as in Lyon in 1547 or in the regions where epidemics were reported.

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