Physician Nostradamus believed that he could predict the future and published his predictions in the book of the concrete title The Prophecies. Some believe they have or will come true.
Others take him as a bright example when it comes to the power of faith and the power of human will since there is no other explanation as to how it helped the infected throughout France and Italy, walking among isolated patients without having infected himself.
Unfortunately, in 1534, the plague took away his whole family – his wife, daughter, and son. It was noted that he thought Copernicus was right about the round form of the planet Earth. Catherine de Medici, the wife of King Henri II of France, had enormous confidence in Nostradamus and asked him to draw up horoscopes for her children. Afterward, she made him the courts physician. Nostradamus warned the king he should avoid ceremonial jousting (today we would say a friendly match), and he died from a lance during a seemingly harmless knightly tournament.
Michel de Nostredame was born in the south of France in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, in the family of Jewish descent, on the very beginning of the 16th century, December 14th, 1503.
He was one of nine children (according to other sources there were more, seven, eight or even nine children) to Reyniere de St-Remy, and her husband Jaume de Nostradame.
Nostradame’s grandfather, Guy Gassonet, had converted to Catholicism a half-century earlier and changed the family name to Nostradamus, in part to avoid persecution during the Inquisition.
He was very intelligent as he quickly advanced through school. Early in his life, he was tutored by his grandfather, Jean de St. Remy, who was also a physician and a skilled herbalist.
During this period grandson was taught the rudiments of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and mathematics.
Nostradamus entered the University of Avignon to study medicine. He was forced to leave due to an outbreak of the plague. According to his own account, he traveled throughout the countryside during this time, researching herbal remedies and working as an apothecary. In 1522 he entered the University of Montpelier to complete his doctorate in medicine. At this time, he Latinized his name—as was the custom of many medieval academics—from Nostradame to Nostradamus. Five centuries later, the first thought of Nostradamus is related to his predictions and the truth is that he mainly proved himself as a physician.
During the middle ages, physic relied on potions made of mercury, the practice of bloodletting, and dressing patients in garlic-soaked robes. Nostradamus had developed some very progressive methods for dealing with the plague. He insisted on practicing effective hygiene and encouraging the removal of the infected corpses from city streets. He became known for creating a “rose pill,” an herbal lozenge made of rosehips that provided some relief for patients with mild cases of the plague. His cure rate was impressive, though much can be attributed to keeping his patients clean, administering low-fat diets, and providing plenty of fresh air.
However, after becoming a recognized expert, he was invited to participate in a medical mission in Italy, and as he was absent he failed to save his wife and two children who died, it is presumed, precisely from the plague.
The mentioned doctor, Jean de Saint-Remy, the father of Nostradamus’s mother, most likely scolded his grandson’s interest in the occult, referring him to the laws of Jewish tradition as well as to astrology.
Once again the irony played with Nostradamus’s destiny when in 1538, an offhanded remark about a religious statue resulted in charges of heresy against Nostradamus. In order to avoid the Church Inquisition, he chose to travel for several years through Italy, Greece, and Turkey. During this period a long period sleeping interest for magic and mysterious has awakened.
One of the legends of Nostradamus says that, during his travels in Italy, he came upon a group of Franciscan monks, identifying one as the future Pope Sixtus V. Nine years later he returned to Province and remarried and had six children.
Since then, he has become less involved with medicine and is increasingly devoting himself to predicting and producing the horoscope. It would have been said that whatever it did, it worked great and dedicated. As an astrologer, Nostradamus became known throughout France for life. He had an ambitious intention to write his predictions for the next two thousand years. He wrote Prophecies in verses, combining several languages and dialects, all this in order to protect himself from the watchful eye of the inquisitor. He is attributed to predict the French Revolution, as well as the arrival of Napoleon, and then Hitler. Nostradamus died on July 1st or 2nd 1566, and a few days earlier he made a will. It is being told that the night before his death he had told his assistant, “You will not find me alive at sunrise.”