(December 14, 1503 – July 2, 1566), Latinized name of Michel de
Nostredame, was one of the world's most famous publishers of prophecies.
He is best known for his book Les Propheties, the first edition
of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book, which
has rarely been out of print since his death and has always been
hugely popular across the world, Nostradamus has attracted an almost
His many enthusiasts, to say nothing of the popular press, credit
him with predicting numerous major world events. In contrast, most
of the academic sources listed below maintain that the associations
made between world events and Nostradamus' quatrains are largely
the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations (sometimes deliberate)
or else are so tenuous as to render them useless as evidence of
any genuine predictive power.
Moreover, none of the sources listed offers any evidence that anyone
has ever succeeded in interpreting any of Nostradamus' quatrains
specifically enough to allow a clear identification of any event
in advance. Nevertheless, interest in the work of this prominent
figure of the French Renaissance is still considerable, especially
in the media and in popular culture, and the prophecies have in
some cases been assimilated to the results of applying the alleged
Bible Code, as well as to other purported prophetic works.