When one thinks of Catherine de Medici the first thoughts that generally come to mind are the superstitions about her, her dark clothing and nature, her connections to the occult…and her connection to Nostradamus.
First to get a little background on the man himself-
Nostradamus did not begin his career in the occult. Nostradamus attended medical school, but was eventually expelled for practicing as an apothecary (apparently that was a big deal!). After this, he spent much of his early career in France helping to heal those struck by the plague. He took a trip to Italy around 1550 and this is when he changed focus. He left France as a healer, and returned to it with a much stronger belief in the occult. He began to write almanacs that would contain many prophecies for the coming year. His prophecies attracted the attention of many who would come to request information about births and deaths of their family.
Catherine de Medici was one of those people who requested prophecies from Nostradamus. He was asked to “see” the horoscopes of her children and her husband. It is believed that he predicted the death of her husband, Henri II, and also that all of her children would be kings and that they would die early deaths.
Nostradamus was kept in business by Catherine until his death, but his death didn’t stop him.
Nostradamus is just as successful (possibly more so) today, centuries after his death. Supermarket tabloids constantly herald Nostradamus for predicting a major event that happened or for foretelling the end of things. His book of prophecies has been in print almost constantly. There is always a new documentary or show coming out about him on tv.
Did he really “see” things? Well, I don’t know – personally, I think not. I think he was just vague enough in his prophecies that they can fit many situations. It’s all up to interpretation.
Nostradamus and his prophecies play a critical role in Gortner’s book Confessions of Catherine de Medici.
Other events at HFBRT today:
At HFBRT – giveaway for Catherine’s Necklace!
At Historical-Fiction.com– Book review by Arleigh
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