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Understanding the Predictions of NostradamusPhysician and prophet Michel de Nostradame lived in the first part of the sixteenth century To understand these prophecies one must first understand the position of women in the sixteenth century During the sixteenth century there was very little a woman could do Men dominated most aspects of womens social political and religious lives Women were treated as if they were inferior to men They were treated like possessions In religion the Catholic Church was the dominant force in the Renaissance The Church was of course run by the Pope a man Women were burned as witches for crimes that could be as minor as a local act of feminine healing or even the choice made by a single woman to live alone 9The Reformation brought no relief for women In fact the Protestant Reformation may have actually harmed women Catholic leaders took it upon themselves to start Inquisitions in France Italy and most notably Spain Any kind of deviant behavior could be defined as a crime during this time Women were considered flawed to begin withThey not only used their sexuality to entice men from the path of God but they also were the daughters of Eve the originator of sinAlso many passages in the Bible were mistranslated to be anti-women Some believe that this mistranslation was a deliberate attempt by the Catholic Church to keep the society male dominated Michel de Nostradame was born in 1503 in St Remy Provence France His family were originally Jewish until they converted to avoid persecution from the Catholics Although they converted they along with many other Christian converts were viewed with suspicionFrom early childhood Nostradamus was exposed to pagan studies of the occult alchemy and astrology He understood that he had to be careful because the Catholic Church didnt approve of these studiesHe studied to be a doctor at the University of Montpellier After he was done with his studies he decided
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