A lost book - a codex really - of watercolors attributed in one library record to none other than Nostradamus. The 16th century book, which was discovered at the National Library in Rome by journalist Enza Massa, is filled with extraordinarily gorgeous, brutal renderings of future events up to and including the end of the world. The good news is that they found the book. The bad news is that you may want to kiss your backside goodbye because we may just have five years left.The producers have called upon a slew of Nostradamus experts who not only fill us in onNostradamus' existing quatrains, but what the renderings mean.
Me? I'm amazed that there are people out there who actually make a living off of doing things like studying Nostradamus' quatrains or monitoring UFO radio signals - let alone that History Channel actually finds them.Anyway, the producers have found Nostradamus experts a-plenty who explain what-the-hell all those "lost" renderings mean. No wonder they were lost. They are terrifying. For example, there's one rendering (and remember these were done in the 1500s) of a tower with flying things coming at it, flames leaping from the sides and people tumbling out.
that photo is the famous Nostradamus' quatrain that mentions, "Earth
shaking fires from the World's Center roar around New City." As one
historiansays, "To a 16th century guy, our history - how we live now -
is totally unrelatable." So the pictures and the quatrains would have
made no sense to anyone way back then. They do now.
Massa and the other
historians work on both dating and authenticating the book and find
that while it is a 16th century manuscript, the renderings probably
weren't created personally by Nostradamus because he wasn't an artist,
although his son was. Nonetheless, they believe the predictions are
most certainly his and are based on his prophesies.
And those prophesies are so scary it may cause you to lose sleep. But hey - who better than History Channel to find it?
He was a man whose prophecies became legendary; believers claim over 400 years ago he
predicted the rise of Hitler into Nazi Germany, the September 11th
attacks, even deaths in Kennedy family . Much of his work he deliberately destroyed but what remains of his writings have captivated
historians and skeptics alike. Through his quatrains, Michel
Nostradamus became one of the most disputed writers in history;
solidifying his place in folklore and remaining a mystery to present
Nostradamus was born in France in 1503. Though he was an astrologer and
doctor by trade, he is remembered for his prophetic quatrains, or four lined
poems. He wrote at least 942, which he organized into centuries,each
containing 100 with the exception of one.
Though short, many quatrains seem to be accurate when correlated to specific events.
Quatrain 24 from Century 2 reads: "Beasts ferocious from hunger will swim across rivers:The greater part of the region will be against the Hister,The great one will cause it to be dragged in an iron cage,When the German child will observe nothing."If each line is dissected thoroughly and compared to historical fact, this poem seems to vividly detail the invasion of the Nazi party into Eastern Europe. It is common knowledge that the greater part of the world was against Hitler, while German citizens were kept uninformed of his crimes. However, certain aspects of the quatrain do not seem to stand up to scrutiny. If Nostradamus could predict the event so precisely, how could he misspell the name of the person whose future actions he was foretelling? Was it simply agrammatical error? Perhaps quatrain 35 in Century 1 is more convincing:"The young lion will overcome the older one, On the field of combat in a single battle; He will pierce his eyes through a golden cage, Two wounds made one, then he dies a cruel death."The quatrain is purportedly referencing the untimely death of Henry II. While the King was jousting in a three day tournament against the Comte de Montgomery, who was 6 years younger than Henry, the King suffered fatal wounds to his eye and temple. He died of his injuries 10 days later (nost...). Many followers of Nostradamus' prophecies count this quatrain as one of the most remarkable. However, skeptics still have their doubts.Most non-believers have a convincing argument; all of the quatrains make complete sense after the particular event happens, however, if read out of context, the writings are complete gibberish. The question is of course, was thisintentional? A......
isn't known for his cheery prophecies. Most interpreters of the 16th century
physician, astrologer and prophet say he accurately predicted two world wars,
the rise of two antichrists (Napoleon and Hitler), and even the assassination of
John F. Kennedy.While skeptics are quick to
point out that Nostradamus's quatrains (the four-line verses in which he wrote
his prophecies) are so cryptic that they can be interpreted in any number of
ways, scholars who have meticulously studied his work conclude that Nostradamus
has been uncanny in his predictions of some of the most dramatic events of the
20th and previous centuries. But what of the 21st century? What, if anything,
does Nostradamus have to say about the events of this new century, this new
millennium? Many fear that his prophecies point to the event that most of the
world has been dreading since the end of World War II and the introduction of
nuclear weapons: World War III... doomsday... Armageddon. Some say it's right
around the corner, and with the events of Sept. 11 still fresh in our minds and
the escalating tensions in the Middle East (aren't tensions always escalating in
the Middle East?), a new war with global involvement isn't hard to imagine.
The Start of WW III:
Author David S. Montaigne says the next world war will start this year in his
unambiguously tilted book, Nostradamus: World War III 2002. Although Nostradamus
never specifically names the year in which World War III will begin, Montaigne
cites this quatrain: "From brick to marble, the walls will be converted, Seven
and fifty peaceful years:Joy to mankind, the aqueduct renewed, Health, abundant
fruits, joy and honey-making times".- Quatrain 10:89. Although it can be
debated that the last 57 years have been peaceful and a joy to mankind,
Montaigne interprets this quatrain as meaning "progress for fifty-seven years
between World War II and World War III." And since the Second World War ended in
1945, 57 years brings us to 2002...
Michel de Nostredame, who later latinized his surname to Nostradamus, was born in 1503 in St. Remy de Provence, France. Nostradamus was noted to be ahead of his time in many other ways. For example, he contended that the earth circles the sun. This was proclaimed one century before Galileo made his findings public.
In 1555, Nostradamus published the first of ten books, all titled Centuries. Each volume contained 100 prophecies, all of which were written in verse form. Nostradamus was rather frank about explaining his techniques for predicting the future. He would place a bowl of water on a brass tripod and gaze into it, much like a fortune-teller studies a crystal ball.Sometimes his predictions came to him in spontaneous flashes.
For example, when he was a young man traveling in Italy, he fell upon his knees before a passing monk named Felice Peretti. He declared, “I kneel before His Holiness.” In 1585, the monk became Pope Sixtus V.When
Catherine de Medici visited him, he contended that a boy that traveled
in her entourage would one day become the King of France. That boy was
Henry of Navarre; he eventually became King Henry IV.As more and more of
Nostradamus’ prophecies were becoming recognized as being uncanny but
accurate, he began to face allegations of witchcraft. To avoid being
accused of such charges by the Inquisition, he confused the dating of
his predictions and wrote in a confusing amalgamation of anagrams,
symbols, Old French, Latin, and otherlanguages.This deliberate confusion
has led to some widely varied interpretations of his prophecies. Even
so, many of his predictions are uncannily close to the facts. They are
enough to justify his reputation as the greatest prophet Europe has
ever produced.The following represent his translated prophecies that have been translated into English:
Henry II of France:Before it became true, no one at the French court dared mention Nostradamus’ notorious prediction of how King Henry would die."The young lion will overcome the elderIn a field of combat in a single fight.He will pierce his eyes in their golden cageTwo wounds in one, then dies a cruel death."This was fulfilledfour
years later in ......