The Prophecies (translated)


The Prophecies have come down to us via hundreds of editions. The complexity of Nostradamus' language (a mixture of French, Latin and Occitan) has led to all kinds of translations, not to mention more or less hazardous or risky interpretations.

Yet no essay or interpretation replaces reading, a mandatory confrontation with the authentic, original text.

Several editions have been considered hacked or backdated. It is generally accepted that the edition which bears the date of September 1557 was actually published during the lifetime of Nostradamus. The subsequent editions of the text amplify typographical errors and other typos, as do the additions and apocryphal texts.

This edition presents an english translation of a modernized transcription of the original text.

In order to preserve the quality of the text, this modernized version is in no way intended to be an interpretation, but a readable version that respects the original. In addition to correcting typographical errors, the text has only been edited to incorporate the modern spelling rules necessary for current reading and to respect the poetic style, while remaining most truthful to the original text.

Do not forget that Nostradamus forbade reading to charlatans of all kinds as well as uneducated people, expressly reserving his works for the intellectual elite!

The translation of this edition was carried out by Pascal-Henri POIGET, based on the facsimile of the 1557 edition and numerous in-depth researches on the languages used by Nostradamus.

Two complementary works, also published by AlterPublishing, present the facsimile of the 1557 edition and the modernized transcription in French of this facsimile.

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ISBN : 979-8419591981

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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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