1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Le Roy vouldra dans cité neufue entrer
Par ennemys expugner lon viendra
Captif libere faulx dire & perpetrer,
Roy dehors estre, loin d’ennemys tiendra.

The King will wish to get into OR start doing something with the new-style city
Furthered by his opponents coming to submission
Freed captive to speak falsely and to accomplish crime,
The King placed outside, far from the foes held.
This King will hold himself far outside (the range of) his foes.
A King holds himself aloof, his enemies grasp the moment.

Line 1, OF ‘neufue’ is quite a tricky word. A similar word is ‘naifuement’ which graces the 1649 cover of ‘L’Horoscope de Ivles Maziran’. OF ‘naif’ meant natural, raw, native, so making the sub-heading ‘Naifuement & Fidellement expliquée des Centuries de M.Nostradamus’ translate best as ‘the Centuries of M.Nostradamus natively/purely and accurately explained’. In one sense OF ‘neuf’ means the same as ‘naif’, naïve, lacking experience, one who has been trained but never commissioned. In another sense it means new but not brand new. Rather it seems novel (like a new style in accomplishing an old idea) or recent (untested in the field).

OF ‘entrer’ means to get into somewhere or else to start doing something. (There is a separate phrase ‘sous-entrer’ for entering furtively.)

Line 2, OF ‘expugner’ means to submit or to reduce. OF ‘lon’ as OF ‘long’ could be either time or space, meaning above normal from one end to the other or else of long duration. In the Middle Ages there was a degree of variability implied including the range available or an extension of that range, hence ‘furthered’.

Line 3, OF ‘perpétrer’ means to accomplish or commit a crime, a sin, an evil act.

Line 4, OF ‘tiendra/tenir’ is to keep or hold, to keep a grip on, to keep with one, to grasp the idea, to own, dominate or maintain something or to commit oneself. It suggests unshakeability and not going beyond the mark. It can sometimes mean to tender something to somebody.

This quatrain explains the middle of a peculiar action by an unnamed king and involves a new type of city. (Bearing in mind Nostredame’s partly Sephardic Hebrew background it may be that his frequent references to a ‘new city’ could mean the walled Jerusalem in one of its versions. It could also be any one of the new breed of specially constructed political capitals.)

A problem of interpretation sometimes comes about by Nostredame focusing on unique revelations not otherwise available to strategic analysts and historians that take up room amidst his customary obfuscations. Here he speaks mysteriously of crimes by a ‘freed captive’. Is this a particular person or some group’s historical image?

Here we may have a king sat outside his own city, like the army of Henry IV camped expectantly outside Paris, or else a king who effectively feigns radiant goodwill across the capital for the purpose of delay, holding himself aloof from criticism as his main tactic.

This quatrain as a stand-alone seems incomplete. In the absence of specific details we may neither predict from this verse nor apply it retrospectively. Michel was not foolishly inclined, so why waste a quatrain?

Perhaps he had two layers of quatrains – all based on views of reality – with one layer aimed at the unique understanding of his future ‘great monarch’ and the other simply extraordinary and enjoyable filler for the rest of us to pore over. There are times that I could think so.

However, this quatrain might equally well be part of a pair or sequence of quatrains, although this would seem to be a rare thing to uncover in the Centuries. Nevertheless, Line 1 is not altogether dissimilar to VIII 74, Line 1, ‘En tetre neufue bien auant Roy entré’.

            (See the Nostradamus Quatrain VIII 74  NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN?)

In VIII 74 the new-style populist king has secured a following that is very strongly rooted. In Quatrain IX 92 Nostredame describes a modus operandi involving slowness in announcing the political turning-points achieved, a kind of blind that could be called political P.R. stealth. If the King is perceived as a ‘freed captive’ he may be dignified by that view in the public’s eyes. He has deceived all in his criminal behaviours by moving fairly hesitantly and in a superficially faithful manner. The downside to this tactic is that all delays to action will give advantage to opponents who could reinforce their lines for a stronger defence or a future onslaught at a time of their choosing.

Many kings and leaders in history have delayed decision-making to their detriment, including Louis XVI the People’s King who suffered chronically from understanding all sides to any dispute.


Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Allied Supreme Commander Eisenhower were not exempt from this criticism either.

                        (See the Article NOSTRADAMUS & WORLD WAR TWO)

There is another Nostradamus Quatrain on the webpage V 29  LIBERTY WILL NOT BE REGAINED that I have treated  as being applicable to modern tyrrany with the added suspicion that the second half of the Twentieth Century was not quite as light and free as some felt it to be in the West in that some covert influences were injecting destructive freedoms to bring about an eventual soft revolution. And that seems to be happening now.

Quote: “World events do not occur by accident. They are made to happen, whether it is to do with national issues or commerce; and most of them are staged and managed by those who hold the purse strings.” UK Parliamentarian Denis Healey, Steering Committee regular (and long-term paper-writer) for the Bildeberg Conferences and Author, ‘The Time of My Life’

(See the post “We Are Now In A State Of War” at

The first couplet of V 29  is sinister yet non-specific:

‘La liberté ne sera recouuree, L’occupera noir fier vilain inique’ or ‘Liberty will not be regained, A ravenning faith of the ignoble and iniquitous will overtake it’

There is an alternative translation should we separate ‘noir’ from ‘fier’ producing ‘L’occupera noir’ or ‘The black one will occupy’ and ‘fier vilain inique’ or ‘proud ugly unfair’ which sounds like a personality-type read out. Such a ‘ravenning faith’ would indicate a strong political following: ‘proud ugly unfair’ would not. Perhaps this duality is intentional, reflecting the polarized emotions of the public? This would take a lot of insightfulness. Revolutionary France was still far off. Michel may have witnessed a few two-horse races in his time but not in a nation-state like the USA where a President is periodically elected as the People’s King.

Did Michel Nostredame foresee several world leaders who could be captured in cameo by his ‘noir fier’ dragnet? In modern Fr. this word pairing would certainly match closely to the current US theme of ‘black and proud’. Whichever way we look at it, there are a a surprising number of alternative pick’n’mix selections to be had from the Medieval meanings of

OF ‘noir’
:                                                     OF ‘fier’:

bad-distressing-disturbing                        amazing-exceptional-vital
black (the colour)                                        aggressive
dark (the darkness)                                    arrogant
dark skin and black hair                             bold or brash
demoniacal (devil-like)                               callous (dictatorial)
false                                                               dignified
melancholic                                                   fierce (in a military attack)
moody                                                           foreign (‘sauvage’)
‘sin stained’                                                  ruthless
ugly                                                                terrible

The second couplet of V 29 seems specifically German-Italian, however, and Hitler and Mussolini may well be implied in that quatrain, although not specified by name.

 Which brings me back to VIII 74 and it resembling a populist’s elevation to supreme power whilst IX 92 looking like a slow-moving royal deception. The snail’s pace could prove to be a strength or a weakness. A lot can creep out from under the stones to be confronted in broad daylight. What do men as powerful as kings do if it all gets too uncomfortable for them at home? They arrange a foreign war.

I suppose it is little understood that general authorities on both sides of major conflicts feel more supported and meaningful when at war, when the wealth, health and inviolability of a nation is never so important as the wealth, health and inviolability of the state that governs them. War is sometimes just a matter of when; an impetuous ruler will leap at the chance to prove his (vicarious) bravery whilst a cautious one delays until he feels personally safe to proceed.

What prompts me to try and link these two Nostradamus Quatrains is that neither has gone anywhere much on their own, they each need a partner to progress. So where does this particular partnership go? Seems that together they describe a process that needs a third quatrain to provide a dramatic conclusion to add to the beginning and the middle – as is necessary to all good storytelling.

I see that V 75 (See the Nostradamus Quatrains V 75 & IV 31 THE TAROT CARDS) is just such a closing quatrain. Unusually for the ‘Opera Nostradamus’ it goes nowhere at all. It represents worldly finality.

If that doesn’t satisfy, find the most fitting quatrain in your opinion and let me know. I feel sure the trio exists.

(Also see the Articles WATCH OUT WORLD! Pt 3 and ADDENDUM TO VIIII 92 (IX 92) A KING’S COVER)