Precursors of Nostradamus?
Various Prophecies From The Mirabilis Liber Organized and Translated Into
English By The Nostradamus Research Group Translation copyright © 2001, 2002 by
participating members of the Nostradamus Research Group Last Updated:
Based on the Latin/French 1523 edition and the 1831 French
translation by E. Bricon, as kindly supplied by Michel Chomarat of Lyon.
Introductory notes are based on 'The Mirabilis Liber: its Compilation and
Influence' by Jennifer Britnell and Derek Stubbs (Journal of the Warburg and
Courtauld Institutes, Volume 49, 1986)
It is well known by
now that many of Nostradamus's prophecies are projections into the future of
known historical events, as the researches of Pierre Brind'Amour, Georges
Dumézil, Gilles Polizzi, Roger Prévost and others have long since demonstrated
beyond all reasonable doubt.
It is common knowledge that some of the prophecies contain quite specific
historical name-references, for example, such as Nero or Hannibal.
What is less well known is that many of Nostradamus's other predictions in his 'Propheties'
and accompanying letters are clearly based directly on ancient collections of
prophecies (most of them biblically based) that were similarly known and
available long before he started writing.
Numerous such collections were being made at the time, mainly because there was
a general conviction that the End of the World was at hand.
Even Columbus compiled his own anthology: indeed, to it he may have owed some of
his ideas about a possible New World.
The first and best known of these anthologies to be published in France was the
celebrated Mirabilis liber, an early 16th-century collection of prophecies
mainly in Latin, though partly in French .
The first edition of it was published in 1522, the second by Jehan Besson of
Lyon in 1523 (though it in fact bears the date '1524'), and many other editions
It may even (in the view of some) have been compiled by Jaume de Nostredame,
Nostradamus's own father.
and, given its slight pro-French editings, may have been originally designed
with a view to boosting François I's chances of election as Holy Roman Emperor
(in the event, he lost to Charles V).
This series will present each of the prophecies in the Mirabilis liber in turn,
translated into English by members of the Nostradamus Research Group on the
basis of: (a) the Latin/French 1523 edition, and (b) the1831 French translation
by E.Bricon, as kindly supplied by Michel Chomarat of Lyon.
Introductory notes are based on 'The Mirabilis Liber: its Compilation and
Influence' by Jennifer Britnell and Derek Stubbs (Journal of the Warburg and
Courtauld Institutes, Volume 49, 1986), as kindly supplied by Dr Britnell.
It is easy for the reader, after reading the following prophecies, to conclude
that Nostradamus seems to have based many of his prophecies from the celebrated
'Mirabilis liber', (including those in his accompanying letters) before setting
them so memorably to verse (which is no doubt an important reason why they are
nowadays associated with him, rather than with it!).
“Gee -- but for the fact that Nostradamus was directly inspired by God, you'd
almost think he had used it, wouldn't you? Or perhaps what God *really* inspired
him to do was read the book?!” - Peter Lemesurier
of Bishop Bemechobus (better known as Pseudo-Methodius, 7th century, Syrian)
The original text is a shortened Latin version of the 'Revelationes' of Pseudo-Methodius
(7th century, Syrian).
The strange name 'Bemechobus' may be a corruption of 'beati Methodii' ('of the
This translation omits its initial recapitulation of biblical history.
The Book of Bemechobus, bishop and martyr of Christ, translated through his
efforts from Hebrew and Greek into Latin; treating of the beginning of the
world, with kingdoms, with nations, and with the end of the ages, and praised by
the most illustrious and blessed Jerome in his works.
[Biblical history omitted] .
So God delivered the sons of Israel from the slavery of the children of Ishmael.
These [i.e.the Arabs] shall, however, renew their enterprise, they shall destroy
the land, shall invade the globe from the East unto the West, from the South to
the North, as far as Rome.
Their yoke shall weigh heavy on the heads of the people.
There shall be no nation or realm that can fight against them, until the Times
shall be accomplished.
Only then shall they be defeated by the Christians; and the Roman empire, in its
turn, shall take captive the children of Ishmael.
The Roman empire shall rule proudly over all the nations, once it has finally
broken these profane ones.
Were not the Hebrews, after reigning a number of years, vanquished by the
Romans? For four thousand years the Babylonians reigned, and Rome defeated them.
Victorious over Macedonia, and subjugating the Scythians by force of arms, Rome
saw Africans, Spaniards, French, Germans, Swiss and Bretons in turn all fall at
Then the sons of Ishmael, leaving their deserts again, shall confront the Roman
empire; that is what Scripture means by these words: "the arms of the south", of
which Daniel spoke foreseeing these events.
This new invasion of the Ishmaelites shall be a punishment without measure or
The Lord shall deliver all the nations into their hands because of the
transgressions that we have committed against his laws.
That is why God delivered us into the arms of the barbarians, because we have
forgotten his divine precepts.
For the Christians shall give themselves up to a host of unlawful acts and shall
defile themselves with the most disgraceful depravities, and that is why the
Lord has delivered them [in advance] into the hands of the Saracens.
Cappadocia, Licilia, the land of Syria, once subjected to the devastation, shall
become a desert; their inhabitants shall be dragged off into captivity, while
others shall perish by the sword.
Massacre and captivity await the Greeks.
[North] Africa shall be made desolate, the Egyptians, the Orientals and the
Asians shall be made to offer tribute in gold and silver.
The Spanish shall perish by the sword.
France, Germany and the land of the Goths, eaten up by a thousand scourges,
shall see a host of their inhabitants carried off.
The Romans shall be killed or put to flight; and pursuing their enemies as far
as the islands of the sea, the sons of Ishmael shall invade at one and the same
time the North and the East, the South and the West.
Jerusalem shall spew out again the captives from all the nations who shall be
under their yoke, and their tributaries.
All the treasures and ornaments of the churches made of gold, silver and
precious stones shall become their property; the desolation shall be great, the
churches burnt, and the corpses of the faithful shall be thrown where no one
shall be able to find them to bury them.
The way of the Saracens shall spread from sea to sea: but for the nations, there
shall be no more way at all.
Their only way shall be called the 'via dolorosa', which they shall follow with
the same affliction -- groaning, poor and rich alike.
Blessed are those who have given us lights to follow.
Saint Paul had foreseen it perfectly! Thus it is that all the earth shall be
delivered to the children of Ishmael, who shall bring dissolution in their wake.
That is why the Lord called Ishmael, their father, the Instrument of War; and
many cities shall be made desolate, for the sons of the desert shall come, and
they are not men, but beings odious to men.
They shall even be seen putting pregnant women to the sword-point and immolating
the priests in the sanctuary.
They shall desecrate their churches, cohabiting there with women, and they shall
bedeck themselves, both themselves and their spouses, with sacred ornaments.
They shall attach their horses to the tombs of the faithful as though to a bush.
There shall be a general tribulation among the Christians who inhabit the earth.
It is then that those who believe firmly in the Lord shall be clearly
For the Lord shall not send these tribulations upon the Christians in order to
cause the just and the believers to perish; but in order to see with certainty
who the most faithful believers are: for Truth itself said it: "Blessed shall
you be when you are persecuted for my name"; and indeed the prophets who
preceded us were likewise persecuted, yet whoever shall persevere to the end
shall be saved.
But after these days of tribulation, when the sons of Ishmael, clad in
resplendent clothes of crimson and gold like bridegrooms, shall boast of the
victories that they have everywhere achieved over the Christians who have been
unable to escape their clutches, and shall say: "Behold how by our own might we
have conquered the earth and all who live in it"; then the Lord God shall
remember, in his mercy, his promise to those who worship him, to those who
believe in Christ, and he shall deliver them from the yoke of the Saracens.
There shall emerge from Gaul [interpolation by the 16th century French editor!]
a race of Christians who shall make war on them and shall pierce them with the
sword, shall take away their women captive and shall slaughter their children.
In their turn, the sons of Ishmael shall encounter both sword and tribulation.
And the Lord shall return to them the evil that they shall have done in
The Lord shall deliver them into the clutches of the Christians, whose empire
shall be elevated above all empires.
The yoke that the Christians shall impose on them shall be hard, and those that
shall remain shall be slaves.
The land, previously laid waste by them, shall then be pacified.
The prisoners they had taken shall once again see their homelands, and the
population shall grow and multiply.
The king of the Romans shall show great indignation against those who shall have
denied Christ in Egypt or in Arabia.
Peace and tranquillity shall be reborn on earth, a peace such as there has never
been, and such as there shall never be: happiness and rejoicing shall be
The world shall rest from its tribulations.
That shall be the peace of which the Apostle said: "When tranquillity shall be
achieved there shall be a sudden mortality: men shall be as they were in the
days of Noah, eating and drinking, and becoming betrothed: fear shall be
banished from their hearts.
" In the very midst of this calm, there shall suddenly emerge from the north
with Gog and Magog a nation which shall make the whole world tremble.
Horrified, all men shall hide themselves in the mountains and among the rocks in
order to flee their presence.
They are not of the race of Japheth.
Plague of the North, they shall devour human flesh and snakes, women and little
No one shall be able to stand up against them.
Seven years later, when they shall have taken the city of Joseph, the Lord shall
send one of his princes against them, and, in a trice, shall strike them with
the fire of the thunderbolt: the emperor of Greece shall come and shall rule
over Jerusalem for seven years.
It is then that the Son of Perdition shall appear, the Antichrist.
He shall be born in Chorazin, shall be brought up at Bethsaida, and shall reign
in Capernaum, as the Lord said in the Gospel: "Woe to you, Chorazin; woe to you,
Bethsaida; woe to you, Capernaum, if you are exalted to the skies, for you shall
descend into hell.
" Next the king of the Romans and Greeks shall go up to Golgotha, where the Lord
condescended to suffer the torment of the cross for us.
The king of the Romans shall take off his crown, then he shall place it on the
head of Christ, shall raise his hands to Heaven, and shall give up his soul to
the Lord, the king of the Christians; then shall appear the sign of the cross in
Heaven; the child of perdition shall come in his turn, thinking that he is God.
He shall perform a thousand miracles on earth.
Through him the blind shall see, the lame shall walk, the deaf shall hear, the
dead shall revive, such that, if it is possible, the elect themselves shall be
He shall enter into Jerusalem, and shall seat himself in the temple as if he
were the Son of God, and his heart, drunk with pride, shall forget that he is
the son of a man and a woman of the tribe of Dan; deceiver and forger, he shall
seduce through his miracles many credulous folk.
Then God shall send two of his most faithful servants, Enoch and Elias,
preserved so that they may bear witness for him against his enemy.
Then the first who shall believe in Judah shall be last.
Elias and Enoch shall attack him in the face of all the people, and shall
convict him of imposture and falsity.
The Jews of all the tribes of Israel shall then believe and shall be killed for
The Antichrist, seized with rage, shall order the death of the saints of God,
and of those that shall have added faith to their words.
Then shall come the Son of God in person, our Lord Christ, carried on the clouds
of heaven, surrounded by legions of angels and by celestial glory: immediately
they shall put to death the Antichrist, the beast, the enemy, the seducer, and
those that shall have lent him their support.
This shall be the consummation of the ages, and the Judgement shall commence
before thousands of angels and hundreds of thousands of archangels and seraphim.
The saints, the patriarchs, the prophets, the martyrs, the confessors, the
virgins and all the saints together shall be grouped around Christ.
Then both the just and the sinners shall give an account, in the presence of the
Lord, of their actions.
The righteous shall be separated from the wicked.
The righteous, radiant as the sun, shall follow the lamb of life and the King of
heaven, whose radiance shall always be visible to them, and in whose company
they shall remain for ever.
The wicked shall descend into hell with the beast.
The righteous shall live in eternity, and shall be endlessly glorified with the
King of Heaven, while the wicked shall suffer without end.
May the Lord save us from a like fate! The Lord who liveth for ever and ever.
[Note by 16th century editor] You will find this prophecy under the three
letters 0,0,0 in the Library of divine Victor, academy of Paris, in the very
noble realm of France.
of the Tiburtine Sibyl (Syrian, 9th century) One of a number of Byzantine
apocalypses, this version is based partly on texts still in the Bibliothèque
Nationale, Paris, and partly on an unknown source.
Translation commences: The word ‘Sibyl’ is used to describe those Greek women
who, by prophesying and interpreting the divine will, used to announce future
events to men.
The most learned authors say that there were ten Sibyls.
The first was the Sibyl of Persia; the second that of Libya; the third, that of
Delphi, who used to predict the future before the Trojan War; the fourth, of
Cumae in Italy; the fifth, of Erithrea in Babylonia, called Erithres, from the
name of the island where her chants were to be heard; the sixth was the Samian
Sibyl, from the island of Samos; the seventh, of Amalthea.
She had been born in Syria; her father was Manasse and her mother Papilia: she
came from there to Cumae.
The eighth was that of the Hellespont; the ninth, of Phrygia; the tenth, of
Tibur in Greek or, as the Latins say, of Abulnia.
The prophecies of this last contain a great many things about the Lord and his
This Sibyl, whose name we have just given in twofold form, Greek and Latin, owed
her birth to King Priam and to Hecuba: she was Cassandra, whom Aeneas brought
She travelled through various parts of the east, and delivered her oracles in
Asia, in Macedonia, in Licilia, in Pamphylia, in Galicia; then, after announcing
the future to this part of the world, she passed through Egypt, Ethiopia,
Babylonia, Africa, Libya, Pentapolis and Mauritania.
In all these places, inspired by a prophetic spirit, she announced good things
to the good and woes to the bad.
We know that through her words she spoke the truth, and announced what must
happen in the most remote of future times.
The Roman princes, hearing of this prophetess, spoke of her in turn in the
presence of Tarquin, the Roman and Trojan emperor.
This Tarquin, seventh of the name, lived at the time of Nebuchadnezzar.
The emperor sent representatives to the Sibyl and had her brought to Rome with
the greatest honors.
One night a hundred members of the Roman senate had the same dream.
It seemed to them that they could see as it were nine suns in the sky that each
contained a different formation.
The first sun, brilliant, enlightened the earth with its flames; the second,
more resplendent, spread abroad an aerial brilliance; the third, blood-red in
colour, sent forth terrifying flames; the fourth seemed all gory; the fifth,
also red, was somewhat darkened -- it was like a lamp amidst the darkness; the
sixth was completely dark, and one could almost make out within it a scorpion’s
sting; the seventh, crimson like the foregoing, had a sword in the middle of its
terrifying disk; on the eighth a red band seemed to be forming; the ninth was
dark, and only feeble rays emanated from it.
When the Sibyl made her entrance into Rome, the citizens admired her rare
Her charming face, her graceful figure, her easy speech, the beauty spread all
over her person, registered with her listeners in her favour.
The senators who had had the vision approached her and said to her: "Princess, O
you who, in your person, unite more charms than we have ever admired in any
creature, we ask you to tell us what the dream foretells that appeared
simultaneously to all of us on the same night.
" Smiling, the Sibyl answered them: "It is not proper to explain men’s visions
in a place full of filth and contaminated by various battles; but come, let us
climb a mountain, and there I shall tell you what must happen to the Romans.
" They did as she asked, and when they were on the mountain, she asked them to
tell her what they had seen.
Then she said to them: The nine suns that you saw signify all the generations
that are to come.
Just as these suns differed from each other, in the same way also these
generations shall follow without resembling each other.
[The Sibyl now explains the characteristic developments and events of the first
five ‘suns’, in the process predicting -- with an accuracy that stretches
credibility somewhat (!) -- the principal events of the Old and New testaments.
She then goes on.] Sixth sun, sixth generation.
This city [Rome] shall be assaulted for three years and six months.
Seventh sun, seventh generation.
Two kings shall raise numerous persecutions in the land of the Hebrews.
Eighth sun, eighth generation.
Rome shall be forsaken, pregnant women shall utter screams in their labours and
shall say: Believe you, we shall perish! Ninth sun, ninth generation.
The Roman princes shall cause the ruin of much of the world.
Then there shall come from Syria two kings whose armies shall be as innumerable
as the grains of sand on the seashore.
They shall conquer cities and the Roman provinces up to Chalcedonia.
In those days there shall be great bloodshed.
The cities and nations shall tremble when there shall appear two kings from
Egypt who shall fight four kings and shall kill them, as well as all their army.
They shall reign three years and six months.
After them shall come another king, C.by name, powerful in battles, who shall
reign thirty years, shall raise a temple to God, shall execute the law and shall
perform justice in the land in the name of the Lord.
After him another prince shall reign for a short time.
He shall be killed in battle and replaced by a king whose name begins with
H.From H. shall come King Audon, from Audon shall come A., and from A., A., and
from this last, A.The second A.shall be extremely bellicose.
From him shall be born a prince named R., from R., T., who shall count nineteen
monarchs under his power.
After these shall appear a king of France named R.
He shall be great, powerful and merciful, and shall render justice to the
No King of the Romans so great shall ever have been seen before, nor shall be
After him shall come a king named L., then B., then B., and from B.shall be born
A., a bellicose prince who shall travel the earth and the seas.
He shall die in exile far from his kingdom, and his soul shall pass into the
hand of the Lord.
Then shall appear a prince named V.
He shall have superiority over all his enemies, and then shall come one named
O., who shall be powerful, courageous and good, who shall judge with justice,
then another O.just as powerful as he was.
Under this last there shall be wars between the Christians and the pagans.
The blood of the Greeks shall be shed, and this prince shall surrender his heart
and soul to God after reigning for seven years.
There shall be born from him a prince O., bloodthirsty and cruel, without faith,
without good works.
He shall be the cause of the shedding of much blood, and the churches shall be
overthrown in his domains.
In other countries there shall be great tribulations and numerous wars.
Nation shall rise against nation in Cappadocia.
He shall reign for four years.
After him shall come a Prince H., under whom there shall be many wars.
He shall make war in Samaria and in Syria and shall take Pentapolis.
He shall be a king from the race of the Lombards and shall be replaced by a
Salic [i.e.Frankish] monarch, called L.
who shall fight the Lombards; courageous, strong and powerful, this prince, so
long as he shall live, shall be at war.
His reign shall be of short duration.
Then shall emerge from Babylon a king, a supporter of Satan who, in his infernal
power, shall put the saints to death, and shall destroy the churches.
There shall be many wars and tribulations.
The children of Agar shall seize Tarento, and spreading through Apulia, shall
sack a host of towns.
They shall be determined to enter Rome, and nobody in the world shall be able to
resist them, unless it be the Lord God himself.
The Armenians, pursuing their depredations, shall advance from the East, shall
fight the Romans, and shall achieve peace for a short time.
Then shall appear a king of Greek blood, who shall reign in Jerusalem.
Forty altars shall be prepared in honour of the name of God.
Plague shall spread through all the pagan nations, and a Greek monarch, a
bellicose man, shall enter Hierapolis and shall destroy the temples of the
Swarms of grasshoppers and an immense host of caterpillars shall devour all the
trees and their fruits in Cappadocia and Sicily, and the people shall starve to
death, without a doubt.
Then shall appear another Salic [i.e.Frankish] monarch named L, a strong and
bellicose man, against whom many of his neighbours shall rise.
In that time sons shall disown their fathers, and fathers their sons: brother
shall deliver brother to death, and fathers their sons; brother shall be
sexually united with sister, and the earth shall see the greatest excesses
Priests shall preach, as the apostle said, but not by example, and shall die in
Bishops who are accomplices of the wrongdoers shall sell their benefices, and
once again blood shall flow on the earth, and the sacred temples shall be
The people shall commit shameful fornications and even the crime of sodomy.
The men of those days shall be rapists, liars, shameful, proud, enemies of
justice, and even the Roman judges shall be corrupt; depending on the day of the
week, their judgements shall be changed for money; if one of their eyes is good,
the other shall be evil: and for money there is nothing that the magistrates
shall not be prepared to do.
While swearing to do good, they shall do ill; falsity shall preside over their
Men shall be greedy and false, and truth shall disappear.
They shall send away their wives in order to get others, and shall even have sex
with their own kin.
There shall be earthquakes in divers places.
The cities and provinces of the Islanders shall be swallowed up by floods.
To the plague which shall devastate some places shall be joined the fury of
enemies, and nothing shall be able to comfort them.
Then shall come a king called B., under whose reign there shall be many wars.
He shall reign for two years, and after him shall come a prince A., who shall
remain a long time on the throne.
He shall march against Rome and shall seize it.
The Lord shall not deliver it into the hands of his enemies during his lifetime.
He shall be good and great, and shall render justice to the poor.
He shall be from the race of the Lombards.
After him there shall be another prince, named B, from whom twelve other B.
Himself a Lombard, he shall reign a hundred years.
Then shall appear, after him, a Salic [i.e.Frankish] prince, named L., a
frightful prince, under whom shall begin a series of sufferings whose like has
never been since the beginning of the world: battles, tribulations, bloodshed,
earthquakes, cities in captivity.
The Lord in his wrath shall send a man whose yoke nobody shall be able to shake
off, other than the Lord himself.
The Romans shall be beaten, and the Roman city shall be destroyed.
The earth shall be covered in ruins: never shall monarch have done such a thing.
This city [i.e.Rome] shall be called Babylon; this kingdom shall be of iron, and
Rome shall be prey to persecution and the sword.
Men shall be greedy, despots, hard on paupers, oppressors, unjust, wicked.
Resistance shall be impossible at the time, but the Persians, Macedonians and
Turks, hearing of this tyrant, shall form an alliance, shall come to Rome, and
shall seize the Salic prince, whom they shall cause to undergo a cruel death,
and the burning of Rome shall be avenged.
Then shall emerge in Gaul a king of the Greeks, Francs and Romans, of lofty
stature and handsome appearance; his body and limbs shall have the most
beautiful proportions; he shall reign a hundred and twelve years; he shall carry
written on his forehead: "This man, verily, is destined to avenge Christendom,
snatch it away from the yoke of Ishmael [i.e.the Arabs], conquer it from the
Saracens; none of the Saracens shall thereafter be able to reign.
" Seven times over, he shall cause them the greatest ill, shall ruin their whole
empire, shall strike them; after that, peace shall reign for Christians up until
the time of the Antichrist.
In those days, riches shall be abundant, the earth shall produce fruits in
quantity, so that three bushels shall sell for only a penny.
The king of the Franks, Greeks and Romans, reclaiming for himself the whole
empire of Christendom, shall devastate all the pagan islands and cities, shall
overthrow the temples of idolatry, and shall summon all the pagans to baptism.
The cross shall be raised in all the temples, and whoever shall not adore it
shall be punished with the sword; and when a hundred and twenty years shall be
accomplished, the Jews shall convert to God, and his sepulchre shall be
glorified by all.
In those days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall resume its faith.
Then a prince of iniquity shall emerge from the tribe of Dan; he shall be called
The child of perdition, full of pride and of insane malice, he shall perform a
host of prodigies on the earth, in order to reinforce the errors that he shall
teach: through his magic arts he shall shake the good faith of many who shall
see in his voice fire descending from heaven.
Years shall be shortened like months, months like weeks, weeks like days, and
days like hours.
From the north shall issue the most ferocious people whom King Alexander had
held in check, namely Gog and Magog.
These people shall form twenty-two kingdoms whose population is as numerous as
the sand of the sea.
The king of the Romans, when he shall see these people advance, summoning his
troops together, shall fight them to the utmost and cut them to pieces.
Next he shall come to Jerusalem, and climbing Golgotha shall lay down his diadem
and all his royal pomp, and shall give over his throne to God the Father and to
Christ his Son.
He shall put his crown on the holy Cross, and shall raise his hands: immediately
they shall ascend into heaven, together with the holy cross and the royal crown.
Then the Lord Jesus Christ shall come to judge the world, and the Roman Empire
shall have ceased to exist.
Then the Antichrist shall reveal himself publicly; he shall seat himself in the
house of the Lord in Jerusalem.
During his reign, there shall appear two illustrious men, Elias and Enoch, to
announce the coming of the Lord.
The Antichrist shall put them to death, and two days latter the Lord shall
Then shall be seen a great persecution, such as there has never been and shall
never be again.
God shall shorten not the measure, but the number of those terrible days -- the
same God of whom it is written: "The day is fulfilled by your command.
" For the sake of the elect, through the power of the Lord, the Antichrist shall
be killed on the Mount of Olives by Michael: suddenly the dead shall be born
Thus it was that the Sibyl predicted to the Romans what must happen; when she
came to the signs that must accompany the judgment of God, in a thunderous voice
she pronounced these prophetic lines: On the day of judgement, the earth shall
be covered with sweat; the king shall come from heaven through the spheres.
He shall come in flesh and in person to judge the world.
Believers or unbelievers, all shall then see the Lord in the midst of the
legions of his saints who have already completed their race.
All shall appear, body and soul, to be judged.
Fire shall devour the land, the sea, and the sky at a single stroke.
The doors of dark Avernus [Hell] shall burst.
Everyone shall appear in the full light of day.
Every people shall tell of deeds until then unknown; and the Lord shall bring to
light the secrets of every conscience.
Then shall commence the desolation and the anguish.
The sun and the stars shall lose their brightness, and the moon its light.
The hills shall be laid low, and the valleys raised up.
There shall no longer be on earth any eminence or unevenness, for the azure
waters of the sea shall roll in level with the mountaintops.
All shall cease to be; the shattered earth shall perish.
The waves and flames shall descend in destructive torrents, and from heaven
shall suddenly come the gloomy sound of trumpets.
The shattered globe, the gaping earth shall be no more than a horrible chaos,
and the face of the Lord shall appear to all the kings of the earth.
A rain of fire and sulphur shall descend from heaven.
Then God shall judge everyone according to his works: the impious shall go to
eternal torment, condemned forever to the flames.
The just shall receive eternal life; there shall be a new heaven and a new earth
that shall exist forever.
The sea shall cease to be, God shall reign over the saints, and the saints shall
reign with God for ever and ever, amen.
It is said that the Sibyl lived for 362 years.
Such, truly, are the revelations that she made, concerning the birth, passion
and resurrection of Christ, as well as concerning his second coming.
If anybody wishes to verify and read these lines in the Greek, he will find them
in the words [Greek quotation]-- that is to say, Christ, son of God, saviour.
You will find this prophecy in the case labeled with the two letters PP.
in the library of Divine Victor, in the town of Paris, in the noble realm of the
3.The prophecy of St Augustine of Hippo (actually an extract from the'De
ortu et tempore Antichristi' of around 950 AD by Adso ofMontier-en-Der): The
time when the Antichrist shall come, and when the Judgement shall take place,
was indicated by Paul in the epistle to the Thessalonians, in which he said: The
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ shall be revealed to men by the birth and
appearance of a child of sin and perdition; for we know that this last shall
appear after the kingdom of the Greeks or even of the Persians, when a monarch
who in his own day is raised above all by his strength and glory shall spread
wide the bounds of the Roman empire.
Before him all the subject nations, all the tributary people, shall bend: and
Rome shall be at the apogee of its power.
However the Antichrist, said Paul the apostle, shall come only at the moment
when there shall have been a schism -- that is to say, when all the people who
were formerly under the yoke of Rome shall have freed and separated themselves
And although now the Roman Empire has, in great part, been destroyed, the time
has not yet come, and shall not come, all the while there shall exist those
kings of the French who have still to reign in Rome.
The dignity of Rome shall not completely perish until the time when a French
king shall govern the whole Roman Empire.
The greatest monarch who has ever existed, he shall come unto Jerusalem after a
happy reign, and on the Mount of Olives he shall lay down his sceptre and crown:
it shall be the end and consummation of the Roman and Christian empires.(This
passage is to be found on the last page of the 9th book of the divine Augustine,
Doctor of the Holy Church.)
of Saint Severus (4th century) -- actually a French 15th century
composition: TEXT OF THE PROPHECY OF ARCHBISHOP SEVERUS Schism shall revive
again in the Lord’s Church.
There shall be two consorts, one of them true and the other adulterous.
The adulterous one shall be the Church that shall be called diabolical.
There shall be a shedding of blood the like of which such shall not have been
seen, even in the time of the giants.
The legitimate consort shall take flight.
Now the lion shall arise, and the black eagle, flapping its shining wings above
its eyrie, shall take to the air: then shall commence the tribulations and
battles by land and sea.
In vain shall the earth call for peace: but peace shall be deaf and shall not
The name of The Lord shall be blasphemed.
Woe unto you for having scorned his power, O city of the peoples and of riches!
You shall not rejoice in the end.
Woe unto you, city of philosophers, built by the children of Noah, who shall
possess all the territory of Ravenna! Woe unto you! The city of the philosophers
shall be subjugated.
Woe unto you, Lombard people! The towers that are your joy shall fall into the
The great Gallic lion shall go to meet the eagle, and shall strike it on the
head; a terrible struggle shall ensue.
And the country of Ravenna, which shall then be queen of Italy, shall receive
There shall be battles, and mortality such as has not been seen since the
beginning of world, nor shall ever be seen again.
Among the kings of the nations, there shall be one who shall triumph.
He shall be borne on an elephant and shall come to establish his empire in these
From those days onwards there shall be only one shepherd in the Lord’s Church,
by whose efforts peace and unity of doctrine shall be reborn in Ravenna.
The king in question shall reign for a long time.
All the tyrants who oppressed the Church shall be suddenly put down; all the
sceptres shall be collected into the hand of the pastor announced by the
And there shall be no more schism until the days of the Antichrist: and there
shall then be as it were a general conversion to the faith of Christ proclaimed
to the country of Ravenna, thanks to the great lion, where the people shall
rejoice in perpetual amity.
(From Ravenna, on the first day of March, under Gregory 1st)
of the Abbot Joachim.
This is one of a series of chapters from a 44-page reprint [!!] of Johann
Lichtenberger's 'Prognosticatio' of 1488: Lichtenberger was astrologer to
It's a whole compendium of prophecies, so a selection of them will be posted
here in turn.
First, one or two quotes from the introduction: Ptolemy: 'The wise man will
examine the stars, whose inclinations and configurations can instruct him.
He will gain counsels from them.
' Aristotle: 'It has been given to the stars and meteors (for the stars cannot
have been created in vain) to exert an influence on things here below.
' The Sibyl: 'We are at the end of the ages; good is close to evil: choose what
is good, push far from you what is evil.
' St Brigid: 'Have faith in God and do good, so that the Lord in His mercy may
keep far from you the ills that He has revealed.
' [Interesting sidelight on Nostradamus's possible motivations?] Lolbardus: 'A
piece of wisdom: mingle with many people; but when you want others to keep
silence, first of all keep silence yourself.
' Introductory Comment by Peter Lemesurier: After five chapters on divination
generally, and particularly astrology, the original Latin text heads chapter VI
of Part I with the statement: 'Certitudo preteritorum & presentium fidem facit
futurorum' ['The certainty of the past and present gives faith in things to
which, of course, Nostradamus take up word-for-word in the introductory remarks
for October in his Almanach for 1565: 'Sed certitudo praeteritorum & praesentium
fidem facit futurorum, *euentum certa indicia*.
' ["But the certainty of things past and present gives us confidence in things
to come, *as definite indications of events*."] .
which is a clear indication that Nostradamus had indeed read and studied the
Indeed, it obviously struck him as an excellent summary of what was to be his
general approach -- namely that the past could be projected into the future on
the basis of the 'Janus hypothesis'.
Hence, presumably his addition of the final phrase that I have marked above,
which could scarcely be more specific.
Part 2 starts with an exposition of the apocalyptic significance of the
conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Scorpio that occurred on 25th November 1484
-- which, which given that the dire events predicted didn't in fact happen,
readers such as Nostradamus would no doubt have applied to the *next* time it
So it seems to be worthwhile to start our translations from this part of the
book with chapter 2, which is taken from the revelation of Abbot Joachim of
Fiore: Text of the Prophecy: On the vicissitudes of the Church of Christ and of
its leader, as prefigured by Adam and Eve, our first parents: an excerpt from
the revelation of the Abbot Joachim.
Before the coming of this terrifying eclipse, more than one peril shall threaten
the Church of the Lord and the barque of Peter.
This barque, raised by tumultuous billows, and beaten on all sides by storms,
and fighting against the waves, and close to going under, shall be sustained
nevertheless on the surface: because God in his goodness shall come to its aid
in the midst of its perils, and shall deliver it from shipwreck.
For we know that it is in vain that the storms shall beat upon the barque of
Peter: never shall it sink in the waves.
It was in these words that Joachim confirmed the words of Jeremiah on the
The barque of Peter is the Roman Church.
Adam and Eve represent the sovereign Pontiff.
Since the beginning, the tree of good and of evil shall offer to them both good,
for the support of life, and evil, for its ruin; and then shall appear giants on
the earth and mighty men, throughout the whole of Christendom.
These men shall no longer be satisfied by the simplest things; at the suggestion
of another serpent, they shall choose wives for themselves from among the
Alas! I fear that, led astray by treacherous counsels, they shall come to live
corrupt lives, to waste their strength on them and to destroy the Church’s
dignity: then, spreading across the earth, to inhabit the land of Cain amidst
shame and confusion.
So spoke Jeremiah, and with these words he announced that one day the Church
would fall prey to false Christians.
Indeed, in the book of the Revelations of Saint Brigid, it is said that when a
child shall be seated on lilies [possible reference to the throne of France?],
tribulation shall arise in the Church of Saint Peter, and God shall cause
France, whence pride shall have shaken all obedience, to rise against the
Then the end shall come; then no longer shall there be heard anything but
clamours, moans, howlings, until the stars announce that the barque of Peter
shall not be submerged.
Peter shall doubt so much that God shall not have appeared; and the pastors
shall be amidst affliction until the Lord has spoken.
Behold, all this is what shall happen during the sojourn of Jupiter in the abode
Rome shall then hardly be worthy of being considered the abode of the masters of
of St Brigid of Sweden (14th century) Note the 'Nostradamian' themes of the
barque of St Peter, the flight of the Pope from Rome and the eagle, symbolic of
the Holy Roman Empire with its heartland in Germany.
– Peter Lemesurier The Revelation of Saint Brigid, virgin.
The perils and schisms that shall threaten the Church following the alliance of
the Germans with the Gauls.
Under the great eagle that shall nourish the fire in its breast, the Church
shall be ravaged and trampled underfoot.
For the Lord is capable, in his just judgements, of summoning the proud Germans
against his Church in order to chastise its disobedience; and then the barque of
Peter, attacked by powerful enemies, shall be shaken.
Terrified, Peter shall be forced to flee, in order not to incur the infamy of
It is then, too, that the Church of the West shall see the power of the French
ally itself with that of Germany.
The Germans united with the French shall devastate the Church, and the river
Rhine and the western sea shall see unheard-of things: the Romans shall waver in
their faith, which, alas! in those days, shall find few constant souls.
The Church of Peter shall be exposed to dangerous attacks in the year of the
Lord 1496, and news of misfortunes shall shortly reach the cardinals.
These calamities shall last several years.
These calamities are prefigured by the seven hairs of Samson with which the head
of the German nation is adorned.
But soon Flemish, Brugeois and Picards, rejecting the kings of the confederation
in which they had placed their trust, shall leave the infidels in order to join
to the Lord's flock: and then the head, deprived of its hairs, that is to say of
its powers, shall become weak as once Samson did.
The prophecy of Saint Brigid the virgin, on the symbolic lily growing in the
field of the west.
This is chapter 18 of Part 2 of Lichtenberger's text as quoted in the 'Mirabilis
liber', ascribed to St Brigid of Sweden -- a 14th-century source.
Note the various symbolic players whom the later Nostradamus was adopt with some
gusto! At this point in the text of the ML, most of the prophecies are busy
ascribing apocalyptic significance to events at around the end of the 15th and
the beginning of the 16th centuries (a fact that ought to make us wonder about
just how far ahead Nostradamus likewise was really thinking!).
However, they do show us the meaning of many of the terms that Nostradamus was
wont to use.
They're also referring quite a lot to the idea of 'prefiguring' -- i.e.basing
future prophecies on past events (most of them biblical so far), i.e.the
familiar 'Janus hypothesis', as evidently applied by Nostradamus too -- which is
instructive, to say the least! - Peter Lemesurier Brigid said, in her
revelation: There shall come out of the soil of the West a lily that shall grow
in an astonishing manner on virgin soil; its perfume shall absorb all poisons,
its stem shall be stronger than the cedar.
O young man advancing into the land of the lily, listen to my counsels and
engrave them in your heart.
Consult your conscience, and see whether you are coming from the good or from
the evil cockerel.
For there is an old prophecy about the good cockerel that runs: The lily,
partner of the great eagle, shall sweep from the West to the East against the
lion; the lion, defenceless, shall be overcome by the lily, which shall spread
its perfume over Germany, while the eagle, in its flight, shall carry its fame
of Raynard Lolhardus, quoted in chapter 26 of Part 2 of Lichtenberger's 'Prognosticatio'
of 1488, as reproduced in the Mirabilis liber.
Prediction of a severe persecution visited on the Church by the Barbarians,
which shall be alleviated by the Spaniards and the Hungarians.
Deliverance of Constantinople, and civil wars under M [i.e.the Emperor
In his revelation, Reynard Lolhardus said: after Doglosius shall come one of his
heirs who boasts of being of the race of Sara, but who belongs to that of Hagar;
his successors shall not build houses; but like wild men, they shall live under
tents in the immense deserts, and shall live by pillage and plunder.
Their rage against the Christians of the north and of the west shall surpass the
ferocity of all the cruellest beasts; the Christians, full of gentleness, shall
be crushed by them.
It is also said in Methodius: one day the children of Hagar, having emerged from
their deserts, shall meet up in several parts of Germany, and shall govern the
world for a period of 8 years.
They shall destroy cities and kingdoms, shall slaughter the priests at the
altar, shall drink from the sacred vessels, shall surrender themselves to sleep
in the churches in the arms of their women, and shall tether their horses to the
tombs of the faithful.
When all the resistance of the Christian princes shall be exhausted, an
invincible leader shall emerge from Spain, and shall put to death this successor
Then Saturn shall be elevated above Jupiter, and this elevation shall be without
The pride of the Turks shall be cast down; the kingdoms and the principalities
shall be joined with the Church because the children of Sagittarius, Spaniards
and Hungarians, shall exceed all Catholics in valour, and shaking off the shame
of the original disasters, shall put to flight the Turkish perversity.
With the Turks put to flight, a pure and brilliant prosperity shall distinguish
the reign of Maximilian.
Then good Jupiter, by its happy influence, shall rectify and repair the
lamentable damage caused by horrendous Saturn, and it shall bring happiness and
rejoicing in its train.
The Turks having been expelled from all parts, men shall be seen to flee beyond
the seas; and then the Church of Saint Sophia shall revive, and the time of
general prosperity shall draw near.
The lion of the forests shall be led on a leash at the heel of the mother of the
faithful, and there shall be a new reform, which shall last for many years.
The Catholics shall hear no more talk of the Emperor of the Turks, but the
princes of Germany shall disagree with the great eagle, and civil wars shall
ignite between them.
Then shall come the heir of Doglosius, the fifteenth Emperor, who shall ravage
Poland, Mysia, Asia, and Pruth [the area of the Danube?]: he shall enter Picardy,
Brabant and Flanders, and shall meet his death close to the golden apple of
Agrippina [Cologne?], as was predicted by Merlin.
Engrave these things in your hearts, O faithful! I find the times when these
events shall occur in the writings of various authors.
For all have concerned themselves, in their own way, with searching for the
significance of the eclipse: some by explaining its effects by horary distance,
others by means of the signs; and the difference between these systems is
There are some who suggest that the distance of one hour [i.e.one 24th of 360
degrees, or 15 degrees] and one sign [i.e.30 degrees] are to be understood in
terms of a month; others, whose authority is no less, such as Ali and Ptolemy,
think that each hour of distance corresponds to a year.
These things are set to happen between the years 1496 and 1598-99, a period when
we should expect to see happenings unheard of in our own day.
9.A prophecy on
the Antichrist This is chapter 33 of part 2 of Lichtenberger's book, as
reprinted in the Mirabilis liber.
A prophecy on the Antichrist There shall come as it were a kind of Antichrist
who shall seduce the prelates and princes of the Church with false signs and an
After that, there shall appear in the land of Leo another prophet who shall
announce astonishing things in the Roman senate.
Saintly in appearance and timorous, severe as regards the sanctity of Christian
life, he shall have rooted deeply within his heart a malignant spirit that shall
lead him, beneath the cloak of his hypocrisy, to the very feet of the sovereign
He shall deceive bishops, prelates and princes with a false facade of piety, and
shall draw them into grave error.
Even the wisest shall be misled; the most distinguished men of Italy, of
Lombardy and of Upper Germany shall let themselves be fooled.
He shall be great in the eyes of people, and one of the most respected princes
since the beginning of the Church.
He shall be called the Antichrist.
The pontiffs who have honored him shall be put to death; and men shall walk in
his footsteps to disgrace.
Oh! if only the men of the gospel who lead the churches knew of his coming, how
much they would fight against him and seek to appease the Lord who, in his
anger, has sent him like a curse against his children! They would raise their
voice to their Creator.
The true Pope shall ask grace of the Lord, and the Church shall be
re-established after him.
That is why, if the Church is to be renewed, it is necessary that, because of
its dissoluteness and imperfections, it should first pass through the trial of
the Angelic Pastor This is the last chapter of Lichtenberger's Part 2: it's
the famous prophecy of the Angelic Pastor, apparently from St Cyril: compare
Nostradamus's prediction of the reform of the Church at II.8.
The prophecy of the Angelic Pastor A saintly man shall be consecrated pope.
He shall reform, in a short time and in an admirable manner, all of the Church.
After him shall appear three saintly personages who, confirming his words, shall
continue his work.
Then shall appear a hermit of great saintliness.
As [the Abbot] Joachim says, a man of remarkable holiness shall be elevated to
the papal see.
The Lord shall use him to perform so many miracles that all men shall revere
him, and no one shall dare to challenge his teachings.
He shall forbid the conferring of several benefices on a single person, and he
shall take measures to ensure that the clergy live [only] on the tithes and
offerings of the faithful.
He shall forbid all pompous vestments and everything that is dishonest, as well
as dancing and hymn-singing; he shall preach the gospel, and shall encourage
honest women to appear in public without gold or jewelry.
After he has occupied the papacy for a long time, he shall happily rejoin the
Immediately after him, God shall cause to appear three men of enlightening
virtue: each shall follow the other, and like him, shall provide models of
virtue and shall perform miracles, confirming the teachings of his predecessor.
Upon their precepts the Church shall develop, and they shall be called the
from a very long chapter in the M.L.
Peter Lemesurier – “This is part of a very long chapter, all referring to a
period years before Nostradamus was writing -- yet a lot of familiar themes are
there, and one has the impression that N was still re-using them ad lib!
Remember the droughts, the deaths of cattle, the burning of the land, the fishes
being boiled alive at II.3, the various aerial phenomena, the pestiferous air of
VI.5, the counterfeiting of the currency of VIII.14, the torch in the sky near
the source of the Rhone at II.96, the various predictions of plague, the
desertion of the monasteries at I.44.? Can there really be much doubt that this
is where he got most of them from?” 1505, 1506 and 1507.
An extraordinary drought that shall dry up even the water of the rivers.
Death of the flocks and herds in mountainous countries by reason of lack of
The land shall burn in many places, and the heat shall be intense! The fishes
shall perish, being themselves consumed.
The snakes shall die.
The thieves, widespread in the countryside, shall pounce on the faithful in
Many shall be hanged, and many decapitated.
The rich shall fall into poverty, paupers shall become rich.
New phenomena shall be seen in the air in Austria, in Italy, and in all the
Flies shall spread on the wind like clouds.
War on all nobles: the air shall be poisoned.
Fires in all parts; terror.
Fake jewelry, false metals.
The years 1508, 1509 and 1510.
Discord shall once again brandish its torch on the banks of the Rhine in
Severe disorders shall take place.
Writers shall be oppressed; the most perceptive men shall be reduced to poverty.
A burning fever shall consume the inhabitants of the Rhine, and great
tribulations shall come to devastate the clergy and people.
All this comes from the position of Saturn close to Mercury.
1511 and 1512.
Alsace, France, Lombardy, the Dauphiné and Spain shall all see the plague in
High cost of provisions, a succession of wars, burnings and animosities even in
the conjugal sanctuary [the bedroom!].
Scandal shall transmute into honor.
The great shall search for the depraved; the just and devout shall be tormented.
The cloisters shall be cold: no more devotion; and men without morals shall
succumb to all vices.
Angelic Pastor, on his goodness, on his virtue, on his saintly works: Peter
Lemesurier – “This piece on the expected Angelic Pope (folio 32 onwards of the
original Mirabilis liber of 1522) claims to be from a manuscript dated 1104, but
in fact dates from the 14th century.
Once again, Nostradamus seems to have applied some of the ideas in it to *his
own* future: the last bit particularly is reflected in Nostradamus's II.8.” On
the Angelic Pastor, on his goodness, on his virtue, on his saintly works: he
shall appear at the end of the tribulations.
The Roman Church and the clergy, as it has been announced, are to be prey to
tribulations of more than one kind until the time of Frederick III.
These stormy times shall last until the year of our Lord 1520, in which shall
appear a new Pope and a new Emperor.
It remains to be seen when this mutation in the hierarchy shall take place.
Now here are some of the terms in which the prophets have responded to this
For me, I claim in the first place that this pontiff shall come during the life
of Frederick or later [interpolation by the 16th-century editor!], or during the
persecution against the Church and the secular princes.
According to all the prophets, this new Pope shall be full of holiness and very
pleasing to God, and during his life and at his death shall perform miracles.
Many prophets eulogise this sovereign pontiff.
Merlin, in his revelation on the sovereign pontiffs, said: I rejoiced in what
has been told to me: after the still-distant sufferings of the Christians, and
after too great a shedding of innocent blood, the prosperity of the Lord shall
descend upon the devastated nation; a remarkable pastor shall take his seat upon
the papal throne, under the protection of the angels.
Pure and full of grace, he shall annul everything [untoward that has taken place
hitherto], and shall redeem with his amiable virtues the State of the Church and
the dispersed temporal powers.
He shall revere the stars and shall fear the sun, because his conscience shall
be in the hand of Lord.
He shall overcome every other power and re-conquer the kingdom of Jerusalem.
A single pastor shall lead both the Eastern and Western churches at the same
One unique faith shall be in force.
Such shall be the virtue of the benevolent pastor that the peaks of the
mountains shall bow in his presence.
This saintly man shall break the pride of the religious, who shall all return to
the fold of the primitive Church; that is to say, there shall henceforth be only
a single pastor, a single law, a single master, modest, humble, fearing God.
that by Joannes de Vatiguerro This is the first part of No 11 as per Dr
Jennifer Britnell's commentary, and is an updated version of a prophecy that
purports to be by Joannes de Vatiguerro, who lived in the late 14th century and
appears to be commenting on the events of his own day (Black Death, battle of
Poitiers, Capture of the French King John II by the English, the Jacquerie).
Another case, evidently, of the projection of past events into the future.
It worried the authorities no end at the time of the French Revolution, who
tried to discourage its being reprinted.
According to me, Jean of Vatiguerro, from the year of our Lord 1490 up to the
year of our Lord 1525, there shall occur here below many ills, so great and so
various that, since he beginning of the world, there shall never have been such
a upheaval, nor woes so numerous, so astonishing or so worthy of awe.
Indeed, all these woes shall start in the year of our Lord 1502, because in that
year mortality and plague shall devastate and afflict the whole world in an
Also nearly half of mankind shall die, and that in the space of sixty five
months, during which (and beyond) the plague shall persist, even though during
its existence it shall seep now through one country, now another.
In addition, in the year of our Lord 1503, great ills shall be prepared for
sometime in the future: at that time insurrections and horrible conspiracies
shall be plotted that, in these years, shall not produce all their effects, for
some shall only break out later.
Moreover, in around the year of our Lord 1504 or beyond [interpolation of
16th-century editor!], the greatest prince and most august king of all the West
shall be put to flight and led away [captive] in an astonishing battle, and
nearly all his noble army shall be killed in a surprising manner; above all,
there shall be a shameful defeat, a lamentable ruin and a massacre of many great
and powerful Lords.
That is why commerce shall be shattered; nay, before peace is re-established
among the French, the first event, as already described or even worse, shall
arrive shamefully and by surprise several times over.
In one of these trials the most noble prince shall be put into captivity by the
enemies as a result of a lamentable event, and he shall mourn grievously because
on account of his own people.
The eagle shall fly across the world, and shall subjugate several nations in
around the year of our Lord 1507 or beyond; it shall be crowned with three
diadems as a sign of victory and of valour.
Afterwards it shall return to its nest, which is shall no longer leave save to
rise gloriously towards heaven.
Its children shall wage war on each other, and shall steal their prey from each
other; then in the West [there shall be a] redoubling of ills and of sufferings,
and in the year of our Lord 1510 or beyond, there shall break out a horrendous
insurrection by reason of king of the French being taken captive.
Nearly all the major part of the West shall be destroyed by its enemies; that is
why extraordinarily violent earthquakes shall be felt in many places, and the
glory of the French shall be converted into disgrace and confusion; for the lily
shall be deprived and stripped of its noble crown, and it shall be given to
another to whom it does not belong, and it shall be humiliated to the point of
confusion, and many shall say peace, peace, peace, and there shall be no peace
[compare supplementary Nostradamus quatrains VIII.
4a and VIII.2a], and then shall be revealed judicial seditions, and
conspiracies, and unheard-of confederations of plebeian cities, and there shall
be in the world such great dissension that no one shall know what to make of it.
And before the world arrives at the year of our Lord 1516, the kingdom of the
French shall be invaded in all parts, sacked, and left nearly destroyed and
annihilated because the administrators of this kingdom shall be so blinded that
they shall find not a single defender, and the hand and the anger of Lord
himself shall weigh heavy and furiously upon the French and against all the
great and powerful of all the aforesaid kingdom.
prophecy of Jean de Vatiguerro This is the second excerpt of Jean de
References between square brackets are to relevant Nostradamus prophecies: The
strongest and most powerful cities shall be taken, and battles shall be fought.
There shall appear in the celestial bodies numerous and remarkable signs which
shall announce the predicted events and many others which must follow them
[III.46]; and as if by Divine Will the state of world shall shortly be changed;
likewise also the servants, filled with deception, pride and fury, shall rebel
against their masters; and nearly all the nobles, without exception, shall be
put to death, cruelly hunted and stripped of their dignities and powers, because
the populace shall make a king according to its pure caprice; and the people
shall not be at all co-operative; on the contrary, there shall be a surprising
and cruel defeat and slaughter of kings, of dukes and of barons; and all the
earth shall be sacked and pillaged by bands of brigands and thieves, who shall
increase and prevail; they shall ravage particularly all the country of France.
And these things shall commence in around the year of our Lord 1518, a little
before or a little after.
One year shall determine the other.
Many towns shall suffer from these disturbances and shall establish new
charters, by means of which they shall isolate themselves and shall rule within
their own boundaries [VI.5]; but they shall remain in desolation; the most
strongly fortified camps shall be taken, pillaged and destroyed, and many widows
shall be deprived of their children.
Let each beware of his neighbour, for men shall be victims of their neighbours,
who shall rob them through atrocious banditries and shall put them to death.
No one shall keep his word; but people shall deceive and betray each other
No longer shall anybody seek the good and weal of the state; no longer shall
there be any question of it; partiality and selfishness shall reign.
Then Divine vengeance shall press down both generally and individually on all
men: it shall be obvious and overt.
The Turks and Albanians shall destroy many Christian islands.
The Greeks shall invade a Latin kingdom and shall wreck it entirely.
Armenia, Phrygia, Dace and Norway shall be cruelly subjugated by their enemies;
they shall be plundered and ravaged in a cruel and irreparable manner.
Many towns and strong military posts on the Po, the Tiber, the Rhône, the Rhine
and the Loire shall be razed by extraordinary floods and earthquakes.
The kingdoms of Cyprus, Sardinia and Arles shall be frightfully and shamefully
devastated, pillaged and nearly destroyed by Divine Will.
Between the Aragonians and the Spaniards there shall be troubles and a great
division; they shall make civil war, and there shall be no peace between them
until one of their kingdoms is utterly destroyed.
of Jean de Vatiguerro (final excerpt) Peter Lemesurier – “Nostradamus has
obviously taken so many predictions from it that I have inserted the most likely
relevant verses directly into the text]” Text of the prophecy: Before the world
arrives at the year of our Lord 1525, the Catholic Church and the entire world
shall mourn the capture, despoliation and devastation of the most illustrious
and famous city, capital and mistress of the Kingdom of all the French [Nostradamus,
All the Church in all the World shall be persecuted in a lamentable and grievous
manner [I.44]; it shall be stripped and deprived of all its temporal possessions
[V.73, X.65, VI.9], and there shall be nobody in all the Church who does not
feel fortunate at having escaped with his or her life.
For all the churches shall be polluted and desecrated, and all public worship
shall cease because of fear and because of a most rabid and uncontrolled
The nuns, quitting their convents, shall flee here and there, demeaned and
insulted [III.84, VIII.80].
The pastors of the Church and the hierarchy, hunted and stripped of their
dignities and their positions, shall be cruelly manhandled [V.43, VIII.98]; the
flocks and subjects shall take flight [I.72, III.20, VI.10], and shall remain
dispersed without pastor and without leader [III.68].
The supreme leader of the Church shall change residence [II.41, VIII.99, II.97]
and it shall be a cause of gladness to him, as well as to his brothers who shall
be with him, if they can merely find a place of shelter where each can eat the
bread of suffering with his own people in this vale of tears [X.93].
For all the malice of men shall turn against the Catholic Church, and as a
result she shall be without an advocate for twenty-five months and more,
because, throughout the said space of time, there shall be neither Pope nor
Emperor in Rome, nor any Regent in France.
The world shall esteem only those who shall be driven by evil and vengeance.
Alas! the suffering caused by all the tyrants, emperors and unfaithful princes
shall be renewed by those who shall persecute the holy Church.
Indeed, the mischief and profanity of the Huns and the cruel inhumanity of the
Vandals shall be nothing in comparison to the new tribulations, calamities and
sufferings that in a short while shall oppress the holy Church [I.52, V.73]; for
the altars of the holy Church shall be destroyed, the floors of the temples
desecrated, the monasteries polluted and despoiled [V.73, II.84], because the
hand and anger of God shall take their vengeance on the world on account of the
multiplicity and continuity of sins.
All the elements shall be debased, because it is necessary that the whole nature
of the age be changed; indeed, the earth, petrified with fear, shall suffer
frightening quakes in many places, and shall swallow up the living; a number of
towns, fortresses and strong castles shall collapse and be flattened by
earthquakes [I.93, II.52, III.3, XII.71, IX.31?].
The production of the land shall diminish; now the plants shall lack moisture,
now the seeds shall rot in the fields, and the shoots that come up shall not
produce any fruits.
The sea shall rage and shall rise against the world, and it shall swallow many
ships and their crews [VIII.16, I.69, V.31, II.86].
The air shall be contaminated and corrupt because of the malice and the iniquity
In the sky shall be seen numerous and most surprising signs: the sun shall be
darkened, and it shall appear the color of blood to the eyes of many people
On one occasion, for about four hours, two moons shall be seen at the same time;
next to them shall appear many astonishing things worthy of awe.
Stars shall collide with each other, and this shall be the sign for the
destruction and massacre of nearly all mankind.
The natural movement of the air shall be almost completely altered and perverted
because of pestilential illnesses.
Men, as well as animals, shall be struck by various infirmities and by sudden
death [II.62]: there shall be an unspeakable plague [IX.55]; there shall be an
astonishing and cruel famine [VII.34, I.67] which shall be so great and of such
an extent throughout the World and especially in the regions of the West, that
since the beginning of world no one has ever heard of the like.
The pomp of the nobles shall disappear [V.79], even the sciences and arts shall
perish [I.62], and for a short space of time the whole order of the clergy shall
remain in humiliation [V.79].
Lorraine shall be stripped and plunged into mourning [X.50, X.51], and Champagne
shall in vain implore help from its neighbors; it shall not be given any, but
[instead] it shall be turned upside down, pillaged, and shall remain grievously
It shall be Ireland, Scotland and England that shall invade and devastate it
But toward the year of our Lord 1515, or shortly before or after, these
provinces shall be rescued by a young captive, who shall regain the crown of the
lily and shall spread his dominion over the whole World [V.74, V.39, V.41,
VI.42, IX.33, V.52].
Once fully established, he shall destroy the sons of Brutus and their isle
[Britain?], such that there shall no longer be any question of it and that they
shall stay forever annihilated.
So much for the tribulations that must take place before the restoration of
But after the whole World shall have been prey to the tribulations and to such
great and numerous miseries, in order that the creatures of God may not remain
entirely without hope there shall be elected by the Will of God a Pope from
among those that shall have escaped the persecutions of the Church, and he shall
be a very holy man, gifted with every perfection [Sixain 15?] and he shall be
crowned by the holy angels and placed on the holy throne by his brothers who,
with him, shall have survived both exile and the persecutions of the Church.
This Pope shall reform the whole World by his holiness, and shall bring back the
ancient manner of living, consistent with the disciples of Christ, to all the
clergy [II.8], and all shall respect him because of his virtues; he shall preach
barefoot and shall not fear the power of princes.
Also he shall bring back many to the holy fold through their repenting of their
mistakes and of their criminal life.
He shall convert nearly all the infidels, but mainly the Jews.
This Pope shall have with him an Emperor, a very virtuous man, who shall be of
the remnants of the most holy blood of the kings of the French [X.80, X.27?].
This prince shall be an aid to him and shall obey him in all things with a view
to reforming the World, and under this Pope and this Emperor the World shall be
reformed, because the anger of god shall subside [IV.77].
There shall not be more than one law, one faith, one baptism, one way of life.
All men shall have the same sentiments and shall love one another, and peace
shall last for many years [IX.66].
But after the age shall have been renewed, there shall appear many signs in the
heavens again and the malice of men shall reawaken [I.63].
They shall return to their old iniquities and to their detestable wickedness,
and their crimes shall be worse than the first; that is why God shall bring
about and shall advance the end of the world.
I have spoken: it is finished.
You will find this ancient prophecy about the very noble Kingdom of France, in
the hands of a certain priest named Guillaume Baugé, in the Diocese of Touraine
and the parish of Rohan.
16.PROGNOSTICATION OF THE BLESSED VINCENT REDISCOVERED IN ANCIENT VITERBO
This is the prophecy of St Vincent on which Nostradamus apparently based
Attributed by some sources to St Vincent Ferrer, by others to Vincent of Aquila,
it is actually a faily late prophecy, dating from about 1503.
Text of the prophecy: PROGNOSTICATION OF THE BLESSED VINCENT REDISCOVERED IN
ANCIENT VITERBO [city near Rome] When you shall hear the first Ox bellow within
the Church of the Lord, then the Church shall start to go lame; but when three
other signs shall be presented to you, and when you shall see the Eagle joined
to the Snake, and when the second Ox bellows in the Church, it is the time of
For the Snake and the Ox shall summon up a king with a great name from the west
who shall devastate the kingdom of the Assyrians, and after disposing of his
conquered loot, he shall return barely safe and sound to his estates: then shall
appear an adulterer who shall arrange for Snakes to be hidden in the shadows.
Woe to the inhabitants of Sicily; for they shall see the dangers, without being
able to ward them off.
Finally, with Divine permission, the second Ox shall bellow; then there shall be
more or less a schism in the Church: two Popes at the same time, of which the
one, schismatic, shall triumph by banishing the true Pope to Venice after
usurping his pulpit by violence.
Then three powerful armies shall enter Italy: one coming from the west; another
from the east; a third from the north.
They shall arise one against the other, and Italy, drowned in waves of blood,
shall never have seen such a slaughter.
The Eagle shall seize the adulterous king, and with fear and force shall subdue
There shall be a new reform in the city, and the sects shall cease to be.
Charlemagne prophecy This instalment contains two prophecies.
The first is a 16th century prophecy relating (in retrospect!) to the reign of
The second is a version of the well-known Second Charlemagne prophecy, adapted
to François I simply by suppressing the name 'Charles'.
This was in turn partly quoted and commented on by Nostradamus's secretary
Chavigny in his 'Pleiades' of 1600 -- as referring to Henri IV! 1.
When Rome shall first hear the bellows of the fat cow, Italy shall become prey
to war and dissensions.
A violent hate shall erupt between its winged snake and the lion that bears the
Woe to you, land of Pisa, the calf shakes his newborn horn in a menacing manner.
Then there shall be born in the midst of the lilies the most handsome of
princes, whose renown shall be great among kings, as much because of the rare
beauty of his body as of the perfection of his mind.
The entire world itself shall obey him when the haughty oak shall have fallen
and shall have crushed the boar with its bristly hair with its fall: his years
shall pass in happiness from the West to the East, from East to the North, and
from the North to the South.
In all parts he shall overcome and shall trample upon the feet of his enemies.
0 Alpha and Omega.
The fat cow is united to the snake.
A monstrous king shall seat himself upon a mobile throne; this monarch shall
only with great difficulty escape imminent death.
Awake, bristly boar, join with the lions, and you shall capture the snake,
wrapped in its serpentine coils.
The lion, surprised in the drunkenness of triumph, shall take its leave of you;
you shall deceive it and you shall cause it to perish.
Woe to you, handsome lion, when you prepare yourself for combat in the shade of
the haughty oak! Woe to you, Liguria, and to you, bloodstained Flanders; your
meadows and flowers shall be laid waste! The schism shall be overturned when the
oak, in its fall, shall crush the savage boar.
Weep, alas! unhappy Babylon, what sad days await you! Like the ripened harvest,
you shall be scythed, because of your iniquities.
The kings of the four corners of the world shall advance against you; they shall
rally the saints of God, so that they shall not be included in the judgment and
shall choose the angel of the gospel who is to convert all perverted and
dissident hearts to the Lord.
The arrow of Italy, shooting forth towards the Middle East [II.70], shall go
there to dig the furrows in which to plant the vine of the true Savior, when the
prince with a new name shall flourish, to whom all peoples shall submit and to
whom the eastern crown shall be given to guard.
There shall come forth a monarch of the illustrious lily [France], who shall
have a lofty brow, prominent eyebrows, large eyes and an aquiline nose; he shall
muster a great army and shall destroy all the despots in his kingdom and shall
strike them dead: by fleeing across the mountains they shall try to avoid facing
He shall make almost constant war on the Christians, and shall subjugate in turn
the English, Spaniards, Aragonians, Lombards and Italians.
The Christian kings shall offer their submission to him.
Rome and Florence shall perish, delivered by him into the flames, and salt shall
be sown on the land where the last members of the clergy shall fall under his
blows [i.e.to make it forever unusable].
The same year, he shall gain a double crown: then, crossing the sea at the head
of a great army, he shall enter Greece, and shall be named king of the Greeks
He shall subjugate the Turks and Barbarians [i.e.Muslims] [X.86?], and shall
publish an edict whereby whoever will not worship the cross shall be put to
death [VI.85, V.21, VIII.83, IX.43, VIII.36, III.97].
No one shall be able to resist him, because he shall always have the strong arm
of the Lord beside him, who shall bestow on him sovereignty over the entire
world [VI.70]: that done, he shall be called the Peace of Christendom[IV.
Going up to Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives, he shall pray to the Lord and,
baring his crowned head and giving thanks to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, he
shall surrender his soul at this place, together with the crown; and the land
shall quake, and miracles shall be seen.
Savonarola's 'Compendium revelationum' of 1495 The following passages are
extracted from Savonarola's 'Compendium revelationum' of 1495, which is
reprinted in full between folios 40 and 65 of the original 1522 edition.
They are of course taken up again, only slightly edited, in Nostradamus's
Preface to Cesar.
Text of the prophecy: Although on many occasions, inspired by the Lord, I have
predicted future events, nevertheless, recalling to mind the sentence of our
Lord Jesus Christ saying, in St Matthew, 'Do not give what is holy to the dogs;
do not cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, or the
dogs throw themselves upon you,' I have always been very reticent in my
It is written in the first book of Kings: He who today is called a prophet is
really so [only] when he knows things of which every human being is ignorant.
Thus the prophet, sometimes exalted above the earth in his moments of
inspiration, sees things which are far above humanity and [its] ordinary
perceptions, and everything that has to do with free will is not revealed to men
in their natural state.
Only divine knowledge may properly foresee what is to come: for in the sight of
God past, present and future come together and are combined.
It is written: 'Nothing is hidden from his eyes.
' So the future is hidden from all human investigation; God alone, in his
eternal light, knows it, and it is only from Him that those to whom he deigns to
reveal it have knowledge of it.
In this kind of revelation, [God] proceeds in two ways: first, he casts upon the
prophet beams of supernatural light, which is like a kind of participation in
his divine nature.
Then the prophet, in this ocean of light, perceives perfectly two things -- what
was revealed to him, and the source of the revelation itself.
And such is the force of this light, that the prophet acquires complete
certainty of both, just as the natural light gives to philosophers the certainty
of the truth of First Principles.
19.Extracts taken from the late 13th century 'Prophecies of Merlin’ The
following extracts are taken from the late 13th century 'Prophecies of Merlin',
of Venetian origin.
The 16th century compiler has suppressed the name of Merlin, and instead
attributed the text to an anonymous person from the time of St Gregory the
[1st extract] Text of the Prophecy: There shall be a King in Gaul called R.
And this king shall be the [Crusaders'] champion, or golden chief: and there
shall be another as good as the champion.
From the time of Solomon until the dragon of Babylon there shall not have been
such a wise man as he shall be, for his renown shall spread as far as the
dried-up tree of the king who afterwards shall enjoy his services and his
goodness and his courtesy.
And how he shall believe in the Holy Church! And this champion of Gaul, which
shall be called France, shall spread fear throughout the world and shall destroy
nearly all of them.
And his renown shall endure until the Day of Judgement, and his good works shall
be recounted throughout the world: far and near, this shall never fail.
The bishops of this world shall at that time hold fast only by dint of money.
The clerics shall have changed the Gospel of Monsignor Saint John, which says
that nothing should be done by dint of money.
Thenceforward the book of the gospels shall not be in force.
For the judges shall keep justice only by dint of money.
And know that for this sin Our Lord Jesus Christ shall manifest a sign.
He shall make the high sea mount above its shores -- that is to say above the
shore of the lily.
As the mountains are above the plains, if it were not for an angel, they would
all drown in their sins.
But this sea shall rise far above the shores quite obviously.
The sea shall rise in all parts of the world: truly even the Indies shall share
in it, and know that the sea shall rise greatly and miraculously.
Abraham had a son who had the name of Ishmael, from whom there shall issue the
peoples I have mentioned, who shall destroy various parts of the Indies.
The fresh waters shall flow toward the mountains, and the others towards the
And the peoples shall be able to go across the sea in the parts of the Indies.
At this time they shall kill the serpent amidst the sea, which shall have
inflicted grievous ill on them.
Once upon a time there also came forth a race from Troy on account of the great
war that happened there; whence they travelled far away to Italy, of whom part
are already Christians: they are the Roman part, and the others shall not be
Christians, other than at the time when the good champion shall be in Gaul,
which at that time shall be called France, the one who shall do so many good
things during his life.
But it shall happen that they shall not keep the Christian faith as perfectly as
they do today that of Muhammad, and so their faith shall decline.
In this year there shall be many cities that shall perish for the sins that were
And the mistress city of this province shall collapse before the dragon comes,
and this shall happen for the said grievous sin; and before they collapse the
greater part shall be destroyed by swords and rapiers.
A country in Italy shall topple, and it shall be on account of the said champion
who shall die in disgrace.
It is called 'Romanie' [i.e.Rome].
After the death of the champion who shall die in disgrace and after a hundred
years shall have passed, this city shall have within its walls a great part of
the world's knowledge and shall be peopled with folk who shall love the Holy
Church, for whom our Saviour shall give them a great victory over a cockerel who
shall hold the country for many days.
The female serpent shall be born in this country, and she shall be red and
purple like blood; and it shall be on account of the inflaming of her lust that
she shall love the dragon, and so it shall be that they shall conjoin with each
other, and both of them shall be dead that night.
A swordsman shall be crowned king of the triple crown.
And he shall place beneath him the Saracen criminals, and before him the good
and bad of all Italy shall tremble and forsake their evil ways.
There shall be a man in Turkey who shall continue spew forth flames from his
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Extracts taken from the late 13th century 'Prophecies of Merlin’ The
following extracts are taken from the late 13th century 'Prophecies of Merlin',
of Venetian origin.
The 16th century compiler has suppressed the name of Merlin, and instead
attributed the text to an anonymous person from the time of St Gregory the
[2st extract] Text of the Prophecy: It shall be clear that the whole world, as
well as men, women, beasts, fishes, birds, weather, wind, rain, running water
and everything else shall change for the worse, according as men change for the
worse in their faith in Jesus Christ.
There shall be born of a tree a bird, and this bird shall be as big as a horse:
it shall fly about as wildly as a bolt from an arbalest: not shall any other
device be comparable with it.
And know that it shall be seen everywhere in the world, where it shall keep its
beak open and swallow up alive all the other birds.
And at this time a beast shall go forth from the deserts of Babylon, and this
beast shall have a horn on its head as sharp as a sword.
This beast shall be called 'Cartangles', and it shall wander around all those
deserts killing the evil beasts that go about devouring the others.
At the same time as the bird and the beast shall be born, there shall also be
born a fish in the river Jordan.
and it shall go about swallowing up those who go about the seas swallowing up
others: this fish shall be called 'Amergle', and it shall be 150 feet long and
36 feet wide and 15 feet thick.
And know for sure that when the beast has devoured and killed nearly the beasts
in the land, it shall go to another land both by sea and by land.
There shall be no more champion in Italy, but he shall depart with the good
mariner to Greece by the commandment of the governor and the champion where the
griffons shall have exiled themselves, and the towns too.
And at this time there shall be peace throughout Italy.
The good mariner shall have a very great war on account of this.
There shall break out a war across the world, in the pagan lands as much as in
Christendom; and this war shall last a long time, during which our Lord shall
send upon the Christians, just as upon the pagans, so great a famine that when
He shall see them make war on each other, he shall make them abase their pride
There shall break out a war in the area of Jerusalem which everybody shall have
cause to lament about, and after this war Jerusalem shall be removed from the
hands of the pagans who shall for nearly 500 years have had it within their
It shall come about afterwards that the great city which Constantine once
founded shall be captured and removed by those from Gaul.
There shall be a fire, and it shall strike the sea, and from the sea, the land.
A little afterwards a sword shall emerge from the sky.
At the time when the strong man whom I have mentioned in my prophecies shall be
born in the market which I have described as of bad change, at around this time
a war shall break out in M[ilan].
And know for sure that God shall be angered against the Christians until they
shall remove the Holy City from the hands of the pagans.
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a book called 'Stimulus Divine Contemplationis'.
This final compilation includes an extract from a book called 'Stimulus Divine
Contemplationis' of uncertain date (probably 14th century), and another called
'Le Baptesme de Sophie roy de Perse' dated 1508, both from the concluding,
French section of the 'Mirabilis liber'.
Text of the Prophecy: In France, before the time of trouble and terror, there
shall be three trees which shall blossom and have leaves, but shall bear no
fruit that shall survive to be harvested: and from their roots shall be born
three other trees which shall bear neither blossoms nor leaves, but they shall
bear fruit sufficient to produce three trees, and from their roots shall spring
a scion which shall diminish and destroy much.
around the year of our Lord 1527 there shall come a good king and a pope who
shall transfer the see of Rome to Jerusalem, and he shall make everybody believe
in Jesus Christ, and shall destroy all the evil-doers and idolaters who will not
belief in our faith, and who refuse to be baptised.
And he shall totally destroy all evil and perverse dispensations; and then he
shall convert all evil Turks, idolaters and evil-doers to our faith in Jesus
Christ, and all shall be destroyed who refuse to believe in him.
and be assured that in around the year of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ
1530, from this said see of Limoges shall be the third pope in Rome.
The which good pope of Rome, a native of France, shall be elected miraculously,
and shall perform great and marvellous justice over evil and unfaithful
Christians, and shall miraculously reform the whole Church, reduce and return it
to its original state as it began, and in Rome there shall never again be a pope
And he shall transfer from Rome to Jerusalem the holy seat and see of St Peter.
and wondrously and miraculously the holy father from Rome shall deliver the Holy
City and land of Jerusalem from the hands of the evil-doers.
And after that all the countries of the world.
And nearly all the evil-doers from among the faith and dispensation of our Lord
Jesus Christ he shall convert to the said faith and belief in Jesus Christ.
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