1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Le captif prince aux Italles vaincu
Passera Gennes par mer iusqu’à Marseille,
Par grand effort des forens suruaincu
Sauf coup de feu barril liqueur d’abeille.

The captive prince that to the Italies conquered
Will go via Gennes/Genoa by sea as far as Marseilles,
Completely overwhelmed by foreigners who through their great vigour
Secured by gunshot a belly-full of honeybee liqueur.

Line 1, OF ‘aux’ is ‘to the’ or as a version of OF ‘aulx/ail’ it is garlic, a type of lily mortar’d into a strong medicine and used in various expressions to emphathize low origins, faked contrition or making ‘garlic’ (English equivalent, mincemeat) of the enemy.

‘Le captif prince’: Napoleon was several times held a prisoner but was in no way a Prince although he may have been looked after like a prince during his closing years. With the Army of Italy he took Milan, Rivoli, Mantua in the late 1790’s along with another valiant regimental commander, Victor Perrin. In 1808, Napoleon’s troops were to enter Rome and displace the Pope.

Line 2, Gennes is probably intended to be the Italian West Coast seaport of Genoa (although Gennes is a small French town by the Loire at 47°N which housed the Saumar Cavalry School who defended the river islands so valiantly and nobly at the close of the France War offensive by Germany.)

(See the Nostradamus Quatrains VIIII 76 (IX 76) and II 30 HUMAN SACRIFICE YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW )

Marseilles does figure in the story of Napoleon, initially when the Bonaparte family moved to there in 1793. Capitaine-Commandant Napoleon Bonaparte, citizen Buona Parte, was then stationed at Nice and sent his pay home which did not prevent them turning to charity for their drear existence, eventually receiving a pension from a fund voted for Corsican refugees.

Robespierre ordered Bonaparte, by now the Artillery General of the Italy Army, to Genoa for a few weeks in 1794 to chastise diplomatically the leaders of this neutral seaport for allowing enemies of France to pass through their purlieux. By a twist of revoutionary fortune, Robespierre was excuted and Napoleon, on his return to HQ, found himself arrested for association. He was freed and left the Army of Italy, the young Bonaparte wishing to return to his family at Marseilles. Did Nostredame predict a homecoming voyage by sea via Genoa? After a romantic interlude he joined to an assault on the British at Corsica together with his brother, Sub-Lieutenant Louis Bonaparte.

Lines 1 and 2 seem separate descriptions from his life, even out of order given hindsight. This Nostradamus Quatrain X 24 is so evocative of Napoleon that it is easy to forget that it was written before 1568. So much surrounding the Rigaud omnibus new arrivals is extraordinary.

(See the Nostradamus Quatrains VIIII 65 (IX 65) VIII 28 and IX 44 SAMPLING THE ‘68 RIGAUD)

Line 3, OF ‘forens/forain’ = strangers, outsiders, non-locals. OF ‘survaincu/survaincre’ = completely overwhelmed

Line 4, OF ‘sauf’ = preserved, secured, excepted or ‘ineffective despite’. OF ‘Sauf coup de feu’ could mean Despite gunshots or Secured by gunfire or By gunshot preserved. OF ‘barril’ is a barrel or a measure equivalent to a barrowful though used familiarly it is the stomach.

Lines 3 and 4 present a different picture to the first couplet. This is very much an account of Waterloo, the place of the fateful battle with foreign Generals Wellington and Blucher. After a farmhouse foray and other skirmishes had concluded, Bonaparte’s army frontally charged the “thin red line” which Wellington had arraigned on a ridge but then ordered back below the horizon, so to speak. Wellingron had chosen his battlesite well. They saw the advance poles of the French wavering against the sunset sky and fired the next moment. The French were mown down and their routed lines subsequently attacked. Napoleon’s view of his troop movements had been disturbed throughout the day by his inability to stay seated on his mount for long hindered by health problems and his perplexity at his huge change of fortune towards the end of his First French Empire that continually haunted him. The banners carried on the Imperial poles doubtless included Napoleon’s pet emblem for his loyal soldiery, a swarm of bees.

The Nostradamus Quatrains I 60 and IV 54 and IV 75 may also be part of a greater sequence on Napoleon, subsequently broken-up. (Quite possibly including III 44 and several others but definitely including X 24 above.) They are most convincing.

Napoleon (d.1821) was born in Ajaccio on Corsica, an island of ‘battlers’ near Italy. (Hence his Italianate name.) Bonaparte was a fiercely intelligent complex little doer. As a General he fell from a stone bridge into an Italian river after unnecessarily joining-in the hand-to-hand fighting. He progressed from the short robe of the soldier to the long robe of the Emperor, as the ever classics-aware Nostradamus said. Napoleon’s most familiar females were the tricky widow Josephine de Beauharnais, who was born in warmer climes, the Polish Princess Marie Walewska and the Austrian Marie-Louise. He rose swiftly to First Consul and Emperor of France but began losing his grip on power after his failed 1812 Russian campaign. (Despite having set Moscow ablaze, the French army was forced to withdraw by being ill-prepared for the terrible Russian winter and many men were lost to the freezing white terrain.) In 1815 he slipped away from exile at Elba to renew his terrorizing in Europe as the Hundred Days of Napoleon that ended with restoration of the monarchy. Marshal Ney – who had previously said that Napoleon should be dragged back to Paris in an iron cage – and 6,000 men joined him. The haphazard battle order at Waterloo is well documented and this marked both the rise to prominence of the odd-ball Duke of Wellington and the illicit-amoral rise of the war-happy Rothschild clutch. Napoleon was banished (having caused the Seventh Coalition of global allies, been declared an outlaw, abdicated in favour of his son, fought major battles and surrendered hisself to a British naval captain over those 100 Days) to the island of Saint Helena for the rest of his life. He now has a magnificent tomb in Paris, the capital city he reconstructed, as indeed he greatly reordered the post-revolutionary mess of French life and the shape of Europe effective to this day.