1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Les ieux nouueaux en Gaule redressés,

Apres victoire de l’Insubre champaigne:

Monts d’Esperie, les grands liés, troussés :

De peur trembler laRomaigne & l’Espaigne.         

The new games restore those in Gaul;

Following victory over the Insubrian, champagne:

Western mountains, great sedimentations, lifted up:

The Romance region to tremble fearfully.


Roman and Spaniard (alike) to tremble in fear.

Line 1, ‘Les ieux nouueaux’ means the new or novel or incoming games. In 1896 the Olympic Games were restored to Athens where they were born but ceased long ago. France entered their athletes into the cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting and tennis events.

Line 2, OF, ‘l’Insubre’ = Insubrian. Insubria was the greater region of Milan. OF ‘champaigne’ could be construed as either campaign or countryside but seems equally likely in this present context to indicate champagne! This is either the great French military campaign across Lombardy to Milan or a bottle of bubbly!

(After an initial effervescence the flow of poured-out champagne hits the glass of the flute and increases its bubble content by perturbation.)

Italy won no medals at the 1896 Summer Olympics. They had two intended entrants, one for shooting and another for athletics but a Frenchman won the shooting and the Italian marathon runner was disqualified from the competition on the grounds that he had received prizemoney for winning a 1050km (!) race and so was not ‘amateur’ despite his having walked nearly all the way from Milan to Athens to attend, mostly along railway tracks. It was quite a legendary journey of the time and all 12 letters of his name, Carlo Airoldi, are to be found jumbled up in the first couplet.

Line 3 describes mountainous ‘symmetry breaking’. OF ‘Hesperia’ is a word that suggests the Evening Star and was used by the Greeks to name Italy where the Sun seemed to them to sink. But the Romans used it for Spain instead. In the Nostradamus quatrains generally ‘Hesperia’ tends to indicate Spain or the far West. Venezuela has a small mountain island called Hesperia.

Line 4, OF ‘laRomaigne & l’Espaigne’ is usually interpreted as Romania and Spain but possibly should be ‘the Roman and the Spaniard’ which has a little more interest to it although I might prefer to substitute ‘the Romance region’ this being Italy and Spain together with Southern France.

The first couplet is indeed about sports, ancient and modern, and identifies itself as the restoration of the Summer Olympic Games at Athens.

The Romans had introduced viticulture to Gaul and the region Champagne certainly had its vineyards in the Middle Ages. The Benedictines in Carcassone created the first sparkling wine as early as 1531. But the drink champagne only popularized when the royals took to it in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries just before their own corks were popped. The partial taming of the explosive Devil’s winebottle and a scientific delineation of the ‘méthode champenoise’ both occured after Nostradame’s death. Michel Nostredame’s ‘champaigne’ at the end of the first couplet is very likely a clear prediction of the famous apellation that is enthusiastically fizzed-up by peak sporters of all nations!

The second couplet is a time-marker for the first (or these couplets have been separated from their original mates and there is a corresponding unmatched pair elsewhere in the Centuries). The year 1896 did indeed bring earthquakes and tremors including a severe ‘tsunami earthquake’ just West of the Japan Trench, not altogether dissimilar to Fukushima and a good reason for now reversing the nuclear power scam.

(see my September 2013 Post When the first nuclear power station was conceived there was a very peaceable non-radioactive nuclear option available that didn’t use uranium on sister website   http://nostradamondo.wordpress.com)

Otherwise these ‘quakes occurred mostly in Western North America.

Athens itself still experiences tremors which even when causing little harm can be earthshaking and, it seems, sometimes loud. A tourist staying near to the Panthenian stadium (site of the 1896 Olympics – the letters of the name ‘Panthenian’ may be found jumbled up in the first couplet) has reported that they awoke during a night-time tremor thinking a bomb had exploded in their hotel.

It may be that an unplaced sound as well as an unfamiliar experience served to unnerve both Roman and Spaniard alike, swarthy strength and physical prowess notwithstanding, rather like an unexpected explosion from a bottle of champagne.