1557 Lyon Du Rosne

Trop tard to’ deux, les fleurs seront pdues,
Contre la loy serpent ne vouldra faire:
Des ligueurs forces par gallotz confondues
Sauone, Albi’ge par Monech grand martire.

The Templar church of St.Michael Apocalypse is in a street behind the Nostredame family house and has a front decorated with a lamb and two flowers styled rather like wild roses though differently centred. Do they they have a meaning to do with the ‘Crusade Albigeoise’?

(Out of interest, OF ‘Crusade’ is available from the scrambled letters of Line 3 and OF ‘Albigeoise’ from Line 4.)

Line 1, OF ‘to’’ is an odd abbreviation. Could it represent ‘tout’ or ‘tous’ or ‘toux’ or ‘tortueux’ or ‘tordre/torquere’ or ‘tolir’ or ‘toit’ or one of the meanings of ‘tort’? Let’s see:

OF ‘tout’ = ‘the whole’ or more reflectively ‘altogether’: OF ‘tous’ = ‘all’: OF ‘toux’ = ‘cough’: OF ‘tortueux’ = ‘winding, tortuous, twisted, comings and goings, contrary to what is right and just, without reason’: OF ‘tordre/torquere’ = OF ‘torteux’ and a particular meaning of OF ‘tort’ plus ‘moving aside in the hunt’: OF ‘tolir’ = ‘unfairly remove by violence’: OF ‘toit’ = (by metonym) ‘a shelter or else surrender’: OF ‘tort’ = ‘a wrong against justice’ or is most similar to ‘torteux’ and ‘torquere’ – ‘bent, curved, twisted, false’ (or even Satanic).

OF ‘pdue’ is another daft printer’s shortening, presumably to make a neat visual block – form looms over content – and is most probably OF ‘perdue/perdu’ the adjective derived from ‘perdre’ the verb meaning to lose, lacking what was, knowing the taste of defeat or losing out (perdant) or used to refer to the Lost Sunday/Passion Sunday prior to Palm Sunday. It also has various contradictory meanings (‘being a loser: make somebody else lose’) and can assume the negative (‘unaffected by’) and frequently overlaps equally suitable words (for example, ‘straying, dying, damning’) quite as much as ‘lose/lost’ does in English.

Line 2. The serpent or dragon is abused in the West for its mal-intent and praised in the East for its spiritual progress. Here it does not dare break the law, reinforcing that it is the former of course.

Line 3, OF ‘liguer’ is frequently translated as Leaguer simply because OF ‘ligue’ means a union. Strictly, OF ‘ligueur’ = ‘one who traces something’ (such as the line traced from Savone to Albi’ge and through Monaco in Line 4) but as Savona the Mediterranean seaport is in Liguria, the Northern region of Italy close to South East France, I think it must mean ‘Ligurian’. In the Iron Age Liguria (now the Savona/Genoa provinces) stretched West along what is now the the Côte d’Azur.

OF ‘gallotz’ is possibly the ‘Galot’ a silver money but more probably is the plural of the noun ‘gallo’ generally meaning from a place that is French-speaking (specifically, Brittany “where we speak French”) and linked to gall/galot/galou/Gallic. The Celts, whose way of life closely resembled the auburn-haired Ligures, were Gauls and the Ligurians may have spoken a language similar to Gaulish. Nevertheless, they were ‘two tribes who inhabited different parts of the Alps’ to paraphrase Strabo. The Ligures occupied the country above Marseilles according to Herodotus but others have described the Ligures living along the North Mediterranean coast from Antibes to the River Rhone. It’s probably a matter of definition.

OF ‘confondues/confundere’ means confused, destroy/destroyed, succeed/be rendered impotent, humiliate or discredit somebody, unmask the truth of an argument, confound or stupify somebody, disturb.

Line 4 OF ‘Albi’ge’ is the final pet abbreviation for us to cope with. Clearly it’s a place or region. (The Albigeois was the sect of the Twelfth Century named for its region.) Candidates could include the sites of the Albigensian Crusade, Albi the capital of haut-Languedoc, Albi in Genevois in the province of Savoie, Albi in the Kingdom of Naples or Albi in the Midi-Pyrénées. An old city/commune in Liguria with the historic Latin name Albinguanum is better known today as Albenga ‘the city of a thousand spires’. The realtors of Great Estate Magazine have published a neat history of it:

The histories of Albinguanum and Savoy were closely linked.

The Goth territories, at their maximum during the Sixth Century AD, covered all Italy, the South of France, and the greater part of Spain. (Curiously the jumbled letters of the word ‘Vizigoth’ are available from Line 3 after we borrow the ‘v’ from Line 2 and the ‘h’ from Line 4 so as to top and tail it.)

Napoleon Bonaparte sailed with many followers on February 26th 1815 from his exile on his sovereign island of Elba (now part of Tuscany in Western Italy) along to the Golfe-Juan (the Occitan name ‘Lo Gorg Joan’ may be sifted from the jumbled letters of Line 3 once allowing an ‘i’ for a ‘j’ as was customary in Michel’s time) on the Côte d’Azur, which coastline embraces Monaco.

Bonaparte, creator of the Naoleonic Code in 1804, signed a strange and cleverly worded Act at his forced Abdication a decade later:

“The Allied Powers having declared that Emperor Napoleon was the sole obstacle to the restoration of peace in Europe, Emperor Napoleon, faithful to his oath, declares that he renounces, for himself and his heirs, the thrones of France and Italy, and that there is no personal sacrifice, even that of his life, which he is not ready to do in the interests of France.”

In effect he was swearing that the apparent interests of the Allies, Europe, France, and hisself as French Emperor and personally, were the same unto death: an Act of Law he was bound to keep for the rest of his duration on this Earth.

OF ‘Albi’ge’ must be either Albinguanum, province of Savona, tracing a coastal route to ‘Monech’ or the historic region of Albigeoise better known as Toulouse by tracing a tortuous land route to Monaco.

OF ‘martire’ could mean either one who had died for their faith or somebody who has suffered torture or a violent death.

Could the dragon or serpent have been the Goths or else Napoleon Bonparte’s escape party or even the Phocaeans, who were among the very earliest money makers/coin minters, travelling coastally via Monaco through to their new location at Marseilles many moons ago?

This looks like one of those puzzling Nostradamus Quatrains that seems to have separate First and Second Couplets, that is until the true solution eventually becomes clear. (But the scrambled letters of Napoleon are available from the First Couplet and Bonaparte from the Second, for what it’s worth.)

Translation 1:
Too late the two false flowers will be lost,
The serpent will not want to act contrary to law:
The Ligurian fighters confounded by the Gaulish ones,
Great killings at Savona, Albinguanum through Monaco

Translation 2:
Too late they wind together, the flowers will be gone,
A dragon will not wish to be up against the law:
The Ligurians disturbed by the ‘langue d’oil’ speakers,
Savona, Albigeneoise extremely, Monaco, a great many martyrs,

We are talking now about the invasion of ‘Cathar’ Southern France by greed-driven Gallic Francophones from 1209 onwards. The Cathar centres of Northern Italy were Papally attended to in the early Fourteenth Century.

This translation of Line 1 leads naturally to the interpretation ‘they should have welded together strongly before their leaders were separated out’ which fits to the somewhat unaligned leading family Trencavel, the Lords of Albi, Carcassonne and the Razes.

(By coincidence, I might suppose, the letters of the name ‘Trecavel’ are available from Line 2, ‘Seigneurs’ and ‘les Razes’ are jumbled into Line 3 without any duplications and ‘Albi’ is there fully formed for ease of extraction from within Line 4.)

Line 2 would mean the tyrrany imposed on Cathars and non-Cathars alike in the South.

(Curiously the gnosticism despised by Popes is a general part of spiritual life in Eastern countries and the dragon represents the individual’s progress as it ‘mounts the steps to heaven’ while changing from its ‘human animal’ existence.)


It sometimes happens that Nostredame reveals visions from his own era’s past times, usefully including information that historians do not already have. This one could be very ancient. But then where does ‘law’ come in? Likewise the two false flowers which so resemble those carved near Nostredame’s house – and are still there.

Is this a prediction/prophecy of our past times ( Bonaparte) or of Michel’s (Goths, Ligures, Crusade) or of a time yet to come? Perhaps all three.

                                              NIGELRAYMONDOFFORD © 2015