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Nostradamus was a physician and astrologer that lived during the fourteenth century His insights in to modern day occurrences have astounded millions and it leaves them wondering about the translations of his prophecies that have not occurred yet particularly his perspicacity about the end of the world Nostradamus was born in Saint Remi in southern France and was raised as a Roman Catholic He studied medicine in Montpellier and started a practice about 1525 Soon after he began to treat victims of the plague in communities of southern France Nostradamus used innovative methods of treatment and his success in curing extremely ill patients earned him a reputation as a specially gifted healer Encarta 96 Catherine de Medicis queen of France asked him to plot the horoscopes of her husband King Henry II and their children In 1560 King Charles IX of France appointed Nostradamus court physician The place that he holds in todays history books however art not about his success as a physician Apart from his professional works he produced a number of prophetic works We discern between the Centuries and the Prognostications The Prognostications are like an Almanac They contain a series of Predictions about the next year Because these predictions were fulfilled or not more than 440 years ago few are interested in them The really interesting stuff is the Centuries This name comes from the fact that each Century contains 100 prophetic verses of 4 lines These verses are called quatrains Nostradamus wrote 10 Centuries which are commonly numbered by roman numerals I to X Flanagan WWW Nostradamus left his predictions in the form of several letters almost 1000 4-line verses called quatrains the Centuries and a collection of 6-line verses called sixains The prophesies are not sequential by date Some interesting coincidences have been observed between the quatrain number in the Centuries and the last two digits of the year of the corresponding event but this is not
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