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Nostradamus For four centuries Nostradamuss prophecies have inspired fear and controversy His followers say he predicted the French Revolution the birth and rise of Hitler and the assassination of John F Kennedy Did he as his believers claim predict some of historys most monumental events - from the Great Fire of London to the launch disaster of the space shuttle Challenger Nostradamus was typical of the Renaissance time period He made many prophecies and was a major contributor to not only the Renaissance but the Spirit of the Renaissance Michel de Nostrodame or his more used Latin name of Nostradamus was born a Jew in the small town of StRemy de Province in southern France on the 14th of December 1503 Little is known about Nostradamuss family apart from Jean his youngest brother became Procurer of the Parliament of Province As a small boy Nostradamus underwent significant changes in his life While Nostradamus was a child his family was forced to convert to Roman Catholicism Around this time he was sent to live with his grandfather who taught him the basics of Latin Greek Hebrew Mathematics and Astrology A few years later Nostradamuss grandfather died and he went to Avignon to finish his schooling Whilst at Avignon he also believed as did Galileo that the Earth was round and circled the sun Nostradamus used his ability to help people through harsh times and did not even fear for his own life In 1525 he received his Bachelors degree for Medicine and went to help the fight against the Black Death that was feared throughout the Renaissance period After traveling for almost four years helping the sufferers of the Plague he returned to Avignon and won fame for his eagerness for learning which ties in with the spirit of the Renaissance In 1532 he earned his Doctorate and became a Professor at the Montipellier University but
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