1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Le penultime du surnom du prophete
Prendra Diane pour son iour & repos:
Loing vaguera par frenetique teste,
Et deliurant vn grand peuple d’impos.

The penultimate of the surname of the Prophet
Will take Diana for his day & rest:
Will wander far because of a frantic head,
And delivering a great people from subjection.

Line 1, OF ‘penultime/pénultième’ meant the one before last, as penultimate does in Modern English.

Who is this? Perhaps it is Michel de Nostredame himself? Probably not as Michel was aware of the division between the early screaming prophets high on drink whose babble was supposedly from God and the later prophets whose words were considered, even prepared, and delivered with sobriety. The name Moses itself means something like “gushing forth”, by the way, and section 22 ‘Nabu’ of the Nostradamus Quatrain II 62 MABUS BY NAME explains ancient prophetic methods further.

Each Sunday in Sixteenth Century Catholic France would have been a busy day with two or three or possibly four household visits to church to cope with. I wonder which day he might have routinely rested or resisted employment upon? (He seems to have died in the wee hours of Friday/Saturday if that’s any guide.)

OF ‘surnom’ was the name added to the baptismal name which added-in a place or occupation or other patronymic. It became the ‘family name’ and today might even be a nickname or stagename. Here it is referring to a surname that has more than one word, as with many Islamists. (‘Ibn’ is a common Arab one and ‘al’ or ‘the’ often precedes the proper noun, frequently expressed in flowing calligraphy.) This associative style is to be found in some older French surnames also.

Line 2, OF ‘repos’ is calm, quietude, immobility, inactivity, rest.

Line 3, OF ‘frénétique’ is medical, meaning related to a frenzy, a violent delirium.

(This condition is also mentioned in Nostradamus Quatrain II 12 in the Article AU SUJET DE L’HOMME NICE and ADDENDUM AU SUJET DE L’HOMME NICE: Thursday’s Child)

Diana was an ancient goddess common to all the Latin tribes. Her Vedic version is Dyaus and in the Latin deus and in Indoeuropean dieu. The OF version is Délie. She represented hunting in the wild woods or simply the daytime (L. dies) or an open sky. It was Cicero and Varro who made the leap from ‘dies’, daylight, to the Moon when it shines. Diana the Huntress somehow became the Moon goddess presumably hunting wild boar by moonlight at midnight!

The use of ‘jour’ in the same line as Diane (‘dies’, day) seems as if it should be significant.

Some may assume that this ‘jour & repos’ is the Thursday holiday mentioned in the Nostradamus Quatrain I 50.

(Included in the Articles AU SUJET DE L’HOMME NICE)

But Thursday is almost universally linked to Jupter/Zeus/Guru and so Monday the Day of the Moon would seem to be much more likely.

Her celestial role is above us mortals and yet she influences human childbirth and royal succession. The rex Nemorensis was a priest-king of Diana on Lake Nemi’s grove in Aricia, Italy. He gained and lost his position by hunting the existing title-holder to death or being hunted to death; this ‘royal succession’ was being ensured by ritual murders, often perpetrated by desparate runaways looking for a certain legitimacy. Even in its time this ritual death-dealing in the Sacred Grove was considered irregular, even barbaric. (Strabo called it ‘Scythian’ scathingly.) The virgin had many other sanctuaries including one at Alba Longa and another on the Aventine Hill.

As as a result of the fame of Mistress Diane de Poitiers, Sixteenth Century France featured splendid images of the goddess Diana at Fontainebleau, Chenonceau, but modern architectural adornment has her representing only dreary trade. The unlikely Wild Virgin of Commerce?

                                                         Nigel Raymond Offord © 2012