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 By Chas. A. Ward Leadenhall Press, 1891
The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal By Lynne Kelly Allen & Unwin, 2004
Librarian's tip: Chap. 13 "Nostradamus"
End-Time Visions: The Road to Armageddon? By Richard Abanes Four Walls Eight Windows, 1998
Librarian's tip: Chap. Six "Nostradamus"
The Psychology of the Psychic By 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 By 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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