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For four centuries Nostradamuss prophecies have inspired fear andcontroversy His followers say he predicted the French Revolution thebirth and rise of Hitler and the assassination of John F Kennedy Did heas his believers claim predict some of historys most monumental events -from the Great Fire of London to the launch disaster of the space shuttleChallenger Nostradamus was typical of the Renaissance time period He mademany prophecies and was a major contributor to not only the Renaissance butMichel de Nostrodame or his more used Latin name of Nostradamus was borna Jew in the small town of StRemy de Province in southern France on the14th of December 1503 Little is known about Nostradamuss family apartfrom Jean his youngest brother became Procurer of the Parliament ofAs a small boy Nostradamus underwent significant changes in his life WhileNostradamus was a child his family was forced to convert to RomanCatholicism Around this time he was sent to live with his grandfather whotaught him the basics of Latin Greek Hebrew Mathematics and Astrology A few years later Nostradamuss grandfather died and he went to Avignon tofinish his schooling Whilst at Avignon he also believed as did Galileothat the Earth was round and circled the sunNostradamus used his ability to help people through harsh times and did noteven fear for his own life In 1525 he received his Bachelors degree forMedicine and went to help the fight against the Black Death that wasfeared throughout the Renaissance period After traveling for almost four years helping the sufferers of the Plaguehe returned to Avignon and won fame for his eagerness for learning whichties in with the spirit of the RenaissanceIn 1532 he earned his Doctorate and became a Professor at the MontipellierUniversity but resigned within the same year He then moved to Agenmarried and had a son and daughter His life now seemed complete until anoutbreak of the Plague in Agen that killed his wife and children In 1538 he was accused of heresy
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