Nostradamus (nŏs´trədā´məs), 1503–66, French astrologer and physician, whose real name was Michel de Nostredame. He is reputed to have effected remarkable cures during outbreaks of the plague in S France. His rhymed prophecies under the title Centuries (1555) gained him the favor of the French court. Obscure and symbolic, the predictions have been subject to many interpretations.

See E. Cheetham, ed. and tr., Prophecies on World Events by Nostradamus (1974); R. Prévost, Nostradamus, Myth and Reality (1999).

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Nostradamus: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! Oracles of Nostradamus
Chas. A. Ward.
Leadenhall Press, 1891
The Pursuit of Destiny: A History of Prediction
Paul Halpern.
Perseus Publishing, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "The Eyes of Nostradamus" begins on p. 29
The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal
Lynne Kelly.
Allen & Unwin, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 13 "Nostradamus"
End-Time Visions: The Road to Armageddon?
Richard Abanes.
Four Walls Eight Windows, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "Nostradamus"
The Psychology of the Psychic
David Marks; Richard Kammann.
Prometheus Books, 1980
Librarian’s tip: "Getting the Best of Nostradamus" begins on p. 180
Millennium III, Century XXI: A Retrospective on the Future
Peter N. Stearns.
Westview Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Nostradamus and the Spur to Millenialism" begins on p. 39
World Survives the End Nostradamus Wrong Again
Skeptic (Altadena, CA), Vol. 7, No. 3, Summer 1999
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