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Michel de Nostredame 1503-66 later known as Nostradamus was one of the leading lights of the late French Renaissance A Jewish-French contemporary of Paracelsus and Englands Dr John Dee he was from 1530 t medical college with Rabelais and much admired by the poet Ronsard He was also famed as a mathematician and astrologer His main fields were astrology and prophecy This brought him into great public prominence and he became influential at the French court He also put alot into local public works Twice married he had two children by his first wife Henriette dEncausse all three died and six by his second Nostradamus was born in the Provencal city of St Remy on 14 December 1503 to a family of Jewish origin Nostradamus was an intelligent child who by the time he was a little boy had mastered the fundamentals of Greek Latin and mathematics and had been sent away to study in Avignon In 1522 when he was 18 years old Nostradamus left Avignon and was sent to Montpellier to study medicine After three years at the age of only 21 he received a licence to practise the healing art and for some years was a wanderer specializing in the treatment of what was termed le charbon a disease which was probably the cause of the bubonic or pneumonic plague It was during his years as a wandering physician that most likely Nostradamus began to acquire a knowledge of some of the ancient techniques of prediction that he was later to use in order to tear aside the veils of time and look into the future Just because he may have been a good predictor doesnt mean he was a good doctor As far as one can tell most of the mixtures he prescribed for his patients were quite as odd as any of the remedies commonly practiced at the time
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