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Nostradamus

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Birthday
14, 1503
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jul 2, 1566 (62)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
14, 1503
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jul 2, 1566 (62)

About

French poet, apothecary, and self-proclaimed prophet who began publishing his predictions in 1555. His quatrains, whether truly prophetic or misinterpreted to be so, have attained a cult following through the centuries.

Before Fame

He studied for his baccalaureate at the University of Avignon when he was 15, but was forced to leave when the university closed down due to an outbreak of the plague. He later worked as an apothecary and studied medicine briefly at the University of Montpellier before being expelled from the school.

Trivia

Although mainstream media has claimed that he has predicted major historical events, historians argue that his apparent accuracy is due to poor translation and misinterpretation.

Family Life

He was one of nine children born to notary Jaume de Nostredame. Nostradamus was later married to a woman who may have been Henriette d'Encausse, and both she and the couple's children died from the black death in 1534.

Associated With

His views on the imminent end of the world influenced Christopher Columbus to write a similar prophetic collection.