III 18 III 15 VI 93 X 57 BEHIND THE SUN Pt.2
(See the Nostradamus Quatrains III 73 & V 78 BEHIND THE SUN)
INTRODUCTION: PRINCES OF THE ROYAL BLOOD
A French prince du sang or prince of the blood was a specific courtly rank allotted to a person legitimately descended dynastically from an hereditary monarch of the land. In an edict of 1576 the King of France ordered princes of the blood to be ranked only by succession and higher than the peerage. Before these changes the monarchy was basically feudal with no special rights or automatic precedence for the younger sons and grandsons of kings.
Marie-Thérèse d’Autriche, first wife of Louis XIV the Sun King,
produced several children who died plus the reticent, perhaps
simple, Dauphin. She was wronged many times by her husband and
there were many illegitimate children sired by him. In those days
kings supported their bastards and often married them back into the
royal family through its cadet branches.
Among his numerous alliances, Loiuse de la Valliere gave him
six live children, Francoise-Athenais, Marquise de Montespan gave
him seven live children and Claude de Vin des Œillets delivered one
His favourite son was the illegitimate Louis-Auguste, le duc de
Maine, whose mother was Mme. Montespan. He was cared for as a
child by the respected Francoise d’Aubigne who became the Sun
King’s second wife.
He legitimized Louis-Auguste duc du Maine and reinforced this by his third marriage – an open secret at Court but still a secret – to Mme. Montespan who was almost uniquely privileged to speak to him as an equal.
III 18 AFTER THE MILK RAIN
Apres la pluye laict, assez longuette,
En plusieurs lieux de Reims le ciel touché,
O quel conflit de sang pres d’eux s’appreste!
Peres & fils, Roys n’oseront approché.
After the milk rain, rather long lasting
Several locations in Reims became clouded over,
OR Several Reims-like places became the domain of the sky,
O what a conflict of blood is coming near them!
Fathers and sons, Kings dare not make approach.
OR Neither fathers and sons nor Kings will make an audacious approach.
OR Fathers and sons who are comparable to Kings dare not advance themselves.
Line 1. It is difficult to know at this distance in time what it was that Nostredame could have meant by milk rain. (But Louis XIV produced so many babes in arms to be fed that a rain of milk might be a poetic description!)
In modern times milky raindrops did fall upon Spokane, Washington, USA and in a dozen places around Oregon, USA, February 2015. (Incidentally, a substance known as ‘1311’ or molybdenum pentachloride was traced in both milk and rain after the Chernobyl disaster of April 1986.)
Line 2. Reims is the traditional coronation site for French Kings. Is ‘Reims’ a symbol for coronation seats in general? How else could there be plural Reims? Or are these ‘lieux’ different places around Reims or even abstract spaces in the order of succession in France?
One meaning of OF ‘toucher’ was to consider something or somewhere to be part of some other domain nearby.
Nostredame may have believed in the Divine Right of Kings in the astrological sense that the heavens imbued by God ultimately decide the course of the rulers of this world.
The domain of the sky is ruled by the Sun. On the 1st September 1715 Louis XIV the Sun King died marking the end of a glorious period for France. His will had required a regency council for the governance of France. Its honorary president was to be Philippe II Duke of Orleans up until 1723 when the young King attained his majority yet real power went to the Duke of Maine and his brother the Count of Toulouse keepers of the King although that Will was annulled after just one day and the apparently wicked-minded Philippe became the full Regent of France.
Line 3. On the 29th July 1714 the Duke of Maine and the Count of
Toulouse, illegitimate sons of Louis XIV’s, were made Princes of the Blood.
They were to conflict with the ‘premier prince du sang’, First Prince of the
Blood, Philippe Duke of Orleans.
Line 4. The parties most interested in the French Court and the
Royal Succession at that time were those with European kingdoms and
others in important dynastic relationships under the rules of primogeniture
who looked hard into the weaknesses of regal family congruity in France as if it
were a laboratory experiment, one to keep an objective distance from. Spain,
of course, broke rank and attempted to meddle – ending up with egg on
a cardinal’s face. (See the quatrain VI 93 on this page)
III 15 THE REGENT OF FRANCE
Cœur, vigueur, gloire, le regne changera,
De tous points, contre ayant son aduersaire :
Lors France enfance par mort subiugera,
Le grand regent sera lors plus contraire.
Brave-heartedness, vigour, glory, the reign will change,
In all respects, having distinct opponents:
When the succeeding King of France will be under the condition of childish dependency,
The great regent will be most unfavourable.
The apparently disgraceful Duke of Orleans, nephew to the King, was in line to be all-powerful Regent of France. In 1714 under pressure from this worry (and from Mme. Montespan too) Louis legitimized his bastard sons the duc du Maine and comte de Toulouse as Princes of the Blood, granting them ‘co-regency’ powers and placing them in the line of succession. After his death the Regent Duke of Orleans defeated the Will by a mutual agreement with ‘le parlement de Paris’. Although he undoubtedly eyed the throne enviously Philippe never tried to take it and died in the year Louis XV was crowned. The distinct opponents to the throne would include the conspiracies to overthrow the usurping Regent, the best known being the Cellamar conspiracy involving Spain and the Duke and Duchess of Maine plus a few other French nobles.
The opening adjectives of Line 1 probably summon-up the reputation of the glorious King Louis XIV the Sun King whose death introduces a Regent of shocking personal reputation, even for the times, the new King being an infant merely five years old.
VI 93 THE CELLAMAR CONSPIRACY
Prelat auare d’ambition trompé,
Rien ne fera que trop cuider viendra :
Ses messagers, & luy bien attrapé,
Tout au rebours voit qui le bois fendra.
The prelate of misguided ambition,
There is nothing (that he has done) that can bring much of a sense of credibility:
His ambassadors, and himself (were) well caught,
On reversing all it is visible which wood is split/whose wooden top is cracking under the effect of stress and pain.
OF ‘voir’ is an irregular verb concerning sensing what is visible or the idea of passive perception or the targeting of a prey. It can also mark the intellectual seizing of a subject or it may be used in prediction. Used adjectivally (from ‘verus’) it can mean truly or true, actually, in truth, indeed.
OF ‘fendra’ is to split – applied to only one person it means breaking under the effect of great stress or moral pain. (Cracking up, breaking down.)
The Prince of Cellamar, Antonio del Giudici, was Spain’s ambassador to the French Court. A founder member of the 1718 Cellamar Conspiracy to overthrow the Regent in favour of Philip V of Spain and to favour the Duke of Main – his late father Louis XIV’s intended but thwarted regent – was probably the otherwise unfaithful Duchess of Maine. She was caught, charged and exiled but was eventually allowed to return to Court whereupon she made a most grovelling apology confessing her personal loyalty to the aggrieved Philippe II Duke of Orleans, the fully empowered Regent of France.
It appears the Duchess perhaps lacked comprehension of the realities. Her husband was undoubtedly one of the major landowners of France of great wealth and the favourite son of a great King. He became Colonel of the Swiss Guards at the age of four. The exiled English King James II was present at their grand wedding in Versailles. Nevertheless she felt ashamed to be married-off to a légitimé-de-France narcissistically considering herself something higher than princesse du sang and set out to dishonour her husband with various male members of the Royal Court. Ironically King Louis XIV eventually married the Duke of Main’s mother (and conferred on her the rare right to speak to him as an equal).
The Prelate of Line 1 is Cardinal Giulio Alberoni chief minister of King Philip V of Spain. He was a good soldier and great gourmet but most of all an ambitious-extravagent-incompetent statesman who got somewhat involved in the Cellamar conspiracy. His other rotten schemes/conspiracies included the unwarranted invasions of Sardinia against the Pope’s wishes, the attempted restoration of the Stuarts to the British throne and the provoking of the formation of the Quadruple Alliance* which worked against Philip V of Spain and brought about a deluge of disasters which, it was agreed by all, were entirely Alberoni’s fault. A decree of banishment ordered Alberoni to leave Spain in 1719.
*The French Foreign Secretary who uncovered the Cellamar Conspiracy and initiated the Quadruple Alliance was called Guillaume Dubois. His name may be found jumbled into the letters of the Second Couplet as may those of Giulio Alberoni and the Duke of Maine’s familial name Louis Auguste de Bourbon. The name Antonio del Giudici is available from the letters of the quatrain as a whole as is the Duchess of Maine’s simple name Anne Louise Bénédicte. The fanciful honour she created while holding court at Sceaux was “Louise, baronne de Sceaux” the letters of which are in the quatrain upon substituting the ampersand for the missing letter ‘x’ and “dictatrice perpétuelle de l’ordre de la Mouche à miel” which requires only the duplication of letters ‘c’ and ‘l’ plus the substitution of the ampersand for the missing letter ‘h’. The engraved letters of that privately granted Order “L. BAR. D. SC. D.P.D.L.O.D.L.M.A.M” are each available from the words of quatrain VI 93 without any doubling-up at all.
X 57 PHILIPPE PREMIER PRINCE DU SANG
Le subleué ne cognoistra son sceptre,
Les enfans ieunes des plus grands honnira :
Oncques ne fut vn plus ord cruel estre,
Pour leurs espouses à mort noir bannira.
The one raised up will not know of/will not recognise his sovereign power,
The younger and older children of the greatest will cry out:
It will be unlikely that one more infamously merciless OR filthily cruel exists,
Their wives will be condemned to a bad death.
Does the fearful Line 4 refer to the the plague, the Black Death of the Middle Ages that seized a million poor souls in France from 1346 to 1671. Well the worst bouts , those of 1596-99 1602-11 1623-40 1644-54 and 1664-67, were over so they do not apply.
By the colour myths of the West, ‘black’ could signify here something ‘dark’ in nature such as the venereal diseases that in wanton times have plagued the lives of both good wives and bad, the former via their wayward husbands.
Line 1, OF ‘cognoistra/connaître’ means to recognise or to have information and competence by experience or to dominate by acquired knowledge. Or to identify something among some other things or the relationship between things or to specify a property. Otherwise to recognise (confess) the truth, merits, faults of an authority or simply the power of God.
Line 3, OF ‘oncques’ is an adverb of time presupposing travel along a path with hypothetical branches, “at that moment, whenever it comes, any time you’re ready, one day I will decide”. It was a word that in the negative – “unlikely to ever …” – did not need the particle ‘ne’.
OF ‘ord’ is related to the English terms ‘ordained’, ‘orderly’ ‘order’ ‘ordnance’ and ‘ordinance’ the link being its original meaning of the proper route or trajectory, the way. In olden times the travelled ways were muddy and churned cart tracks that functioned as roads for horses and animal herds too. They were a muddy fouled mess and the French gave this their word ‘urd’ for which ‘ord’ is substituted here, i.e. as a derogative. It implies everything unpleasant; from rotten and repugnant to dirty and disgusting to infamous and fouled.
Line 4, OF ‘espouse’ is the wife of a man/the Church’s relationship with God/the soul in its relationship to God. OF ‘bannir’ was either to condemn or prohibit, or proclaim or Convene by Ban, including raising an Army.
Despite Line 3 granting infamy for misdeeds that drew alongside Nero’s and Caligula’s, there are still multiple takers for this role today, sad to say. One such back then was the regent Philippe, son of the brother of Louis XIV.
The Regent Philippe duc d’Orleans was suspected of many social atrocities by many people including the making and distribution of poisons. His wife had reason to worry for her life.
Regarding the substance of Line 1: On September 1, 1715 the great Sun King of France died, and his successor was his young five-years old grandson Louis XV, too young to be cognisant of his power.
Regarding the substance of Line 2: Louis had his natural children legitimized and honoured both by their high position in Court and in the land. He nominated the legitimized Duke of Maine to watch over things for legitimate future King Louis XV until he came of age but this position was snatched away by the Sun King’s nephew Philippe the Second Duke of Orleans by dubious if deft manipulation of the law system.
Despite the Sun King’s slightly cavalier attitude to legitimacy, the Court members continued age-old snobberies and refused their daughters hands in marriage to a bastard, even to the bastard son of a king, except for old Condé who proffered his three granddaughters for choice. Of these three girls he chose the tallest one (they were all short) despite that a good and gifted one was deeply smitten by him.
The Duchesse seemed very ashamed of her husband being of bastard birth, she expected more, and although he owned great lands and wealth and position she was repeatedly unfaithful to him with members of the Court. When Philippe upturned him, however, she set about unseating the new Regent in tandem with her husband but this bitter lady was caught, banished and eventually returned to Court where she made a most grovelling personal apology to Philippe.
The Duke of Maine had been introduced to Court as a young child and Louis XIV, therefore everyone else in the Court as well, lavished affection and gifts on him. The Sun King went further, sometimes extorting named lands for him when granting a Royal favour. Louis XIV trusted him but the Regent was to be instead a deeply suspect reprobate with one eye on the crown – Philippe d’Orleans, the premier prince of the blood.
NIGELRAYMONDOFFORD (C) 2017