X 72 A SECOND OPINION & X 79 A MODERN MEMPHIS
For my first take on Nostradamus Quatrain X 72 see
But what if 1999 was a blind for some other year, even one or two in Nostredame’s own century, say 1559 and 1599? After all, he wrote in the PREFACE TO CESAR that he was not over-eager to publish his prophecies
“… that which is to occur it will be to those of regnance, sect, religion and faith a revelation so discordant with their hearsay imaginings, that they will come to damn that which in those centuries to come they could have understood the origins of … ”
and says that he was not perfectly coherent or cohesive
“… like a guest at a wedding party rather than in unbroken prophecy …”
An inventor recently announced a hand-held predictor that could reveal the holder’s whole life over the next five to eight years in some detail. He wants to sell it to a government. You’re right, I don’t believe in this one bit, so far, but if it could ever work then the ‘future shock’ to those currently in power would cause them to avoid some developments at all cost, so bringing an end to random social evolution let alone revolution.
X 72 A SECOND OPINION
1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud
L’an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois,
Du ciel viendra un grand Roi deffraieur.
Resusciter le grand Roi d’Angolmois.
Avant apres que Mars regner par bon heur.
In the year Fifteen Hundred Fifty-Nine, hepta méron,
A great King of the sky will come, a defrayer.
Marguerite d’Angouleme brought back to life.
Before, after, Mars to reign fortuitously.
In 1559 the ‘Heptaméron’, a socio-political romp by that balanced and intelligent queen Marguerite de Navarre (d. 1549) was published by Claude Gruget. (A publication the previous year turned out to be a messy and abbreviated false start with Gruget feeling obliged to publish a full and proper version in response.) Gruget’s version had 72 short stories and X 72 ‘sept mois’ in Line 1 seems to be a play on ‘hepta méron’, seven days. (Especially if we note that Hebrew Bible entries like ‘1,000 years’ were strict on the numbers but loose on the units, meaning this could alternatively represent a thousand months or a thousand days etc.)
Like Boccaccio’s Decameron the Heptaméron is a series of stories under a literary pretense, that a group of people are waiting several days for a bridge to be completed. (A shadow of France’s lacking infrastructure as addressed by Henri IV from 1599 onwards.)
Marguerite had been daughter to Charles d’Angoulême, big sister to King Francis I of France, wife to the Duke of Alençon, Queen to the King of Navarre and grandmother to Henri IV of France and Navarre. She was a very strong-minded and civilizing influence on France and Navarre.
(For ANGOLMOIS = Angoulême and Angoumois see the Nostradamus Quatrain ‘X 72 LE GRAND DEFFRAIEUR’)
Henri II of Valois died in 1559 in a manner fully described by the Nostradamus Quatrain I 35 first published in the Bonhomme edition of 1555. However Michel sought to disclaim this prophecy, apparently, saying it was not one he had cast for the event but never hinting which quatrain might have been the intended one!
One of Henri II’s recognized heirs was Henri Compte d’Angoulême (d.1586) a.k.a. Henri, bâtard de Valois, the Grand Prior of France, Admiral of Levant and Governor of Provence who died in a duel.
In March 1599 Henri IV gave his deeply loyal and dangerously envied mistress Gabrielle his coronation ring, prior to marriage. On 10th April she died suddenly. Henri ignored kingly convention to wear black mourning clothes and gave her a Queen’s funeral, so deep were his feelings. Gabrielle d’Estrées had been with him for many of his battle campaigns in the troubled land he had successfully stabilized and it was Gabrielle who urged the Huguenot Navarre into French Catholicism.
From 1599 onwards Henri IV was out to reform the course of economic prosperity in France. He strengthened the infrastructure for commerce – canals, roads, bridges, transforming Paris into an international transport hub – and supported the Duke de Sully in his successful effort, over ten years, to reorganize the finances of France.
Superintendent Sully reduced the National Debt from 330 million livres to 50 million and collected 20 million in tax arrears but this loyal and strong man also abolished many forms of unfair local taxation and peculations-embezzlements by warlords and disparate local governances (a deffrayer of dubious indebtedness, indeed) whilst declaring major French exports tax-free. By 1608 the Treasury reserves amounted to over 30 million livres.
Line 2. The word ‘deffraieur’ suggests compassion and mercy much more than their opposites. French King Henri II, though, was a Huguenot-hater who inflicted horrific punishments for their ‘heresies’, especially upon ministers. In 1559 he died in the tourney.
From 1559 Catherine de Medicis – the greatest supporter of Michel Nostradamus – personified the true power of the throne and would outlive her sons.
In 1560 Maximilien de Béthune, Duc de Sully, was born. A staunch Huguenot, he fought alongside Henri de Navarre in the civil war. Later, as Superintendent of the Royal Finances, he remained a loyal servant to Henri IV and had his King’s full support but upset a lot of his peers by his overbearing, perhaps ‘over regal’, attitude towards them. Despite his great fiscal successes and lofty position, Sully was rapidly sidelined after the murder of Henri IV.
Line 3. The monarch ‘Angolmois’ has a portfolio name that also can bring to mind the Celtic Kings who ever did their best for the people (and understood that they would be removed should they fail in their duty). It could also be an anagram for the ‘Mongol Isa’ although the jumbled letters of Line 3 will yield the fruitful ‘Marguerite d’Angouleme’.
Line 4. Although the planetary god Mars was disliked very much by Nostredame, in astrological terms he has great value as a ‘doer’ and with his kind of thrust we can push through uncomfortable changes that are being resisted by those hardened in their crimes.
X 79 A MODERN MEMPHIS
1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud
Les vieux chemins seront tous embelys,
Lon passera à Memphis somentrée,
Le grand Mercure d’Hercules fleur de lys
Faisant trembler terre, mer & contree.
The old roads will all be improved,
They will pass through the modern Memphis,
The great Mercury of Hercules fleur de lys
Will shake up the earthy tracts and watery expanses.
During the Sixteenth Century the Valois line surprisingly gave place to the Bourbons and Navarre was merged into France. Henri IV pleased many people with a final halt to religious strife and, at the turn of the century, his uplift of the French economy with improved infrastucture was accompanied by many unjustified or unfair taxes no longer being deemed payable to corrupt local officials.
Line 1 describes the infrastructure improvements in France after 1599.
Line 2 represents the development of Paris as a regional hub like the ancient strategic city of Memphis (in legend at least). Paris was not on a famous Roman road like many of its rivals and resetting it as a commercial transport hub was a great and praiseworthy undertaking.
Line 3. As a gift to their the King the Society of Jesuits had proven Henri IV’s direct line of descent from the nephew of the legendary hero Hercules. The fleur-de-lys, which would come to represent all France, was the emblem of King Henri’s House of Bourbon. Mercury is the god of communications, swiftness, travellers, transports, abundance, flow and commercial success.
Line 4 shows Henri’s peaceful achievements from 1599 in the same stirring manner as his previous war achievements. The ground and water (the new canals and trade routes) will mightily shake the world.
Curiously, this whole quatrain X 79 has sufficient jumbled letters to yield ‘Superintendant Maximilien de Béthune’, ‘Compte Henri d’Angouleme’ and ‘Régente Catherine de Medicis’.
The first couplet likewise contains ‘Paris vaut’ while the second couplet has ‘bien une messe’ forming Henri IV’s famous statement, “Paris vaut bien une messe/Paris is well worth a Mass”.
The first couplet also gives up ‘Heptaméron’. The second couplet will give us ‘Gabrielle d’Estrées’ and ‘Duc de Sully’ together with ‘Marguerite’, ‘Henri’, ‘d’Angouleme’ and ‘Hercules Gaulois’.
For the sake of completism, Line 3 of X 79 has ‘Henri de France’ hidden in it and the second couplet of X 72 yields ‘le grand Roi Henri Quatre’ by this method.
But then the first couplet contains enough letters for ‘nigel raimond offord’ and it probably spells out many other complete names even better, especially French ones and perhaps including your own?
Certainly this letters phenomenon cannot produce solid facts. So I make no great claims for such circumstantial evidence but the more I investigate the Nostradamus Quatrains the more I find small proofs of it piling up throughout the Centuries.