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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (4 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075284279X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752842790
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,863,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With all the books in recent years deciphering the obscure prophecies of Nostradamus, it's surprising that no-one has written a biography of the 16th-century astrologer before. In Nostradamus: The Evidence, Ian Wilson has remedied this.

Nostradamus was born 500 years ago, in December 1503. Although today he is famous for his Prophecies (often mislabelled the Centuries), in his own time he was known for his annual almanacs--astrological predictions for the year ahead--and for writing individual horoscopes. Some of these have survived, and Wilson compares them to what actually happened. Although in some cases he was spot on (he predicted that the Huguenot Prince Henri of Navarre would become King of France, 25 years before the event), in others he was way off the mark. For example, he convinced the French Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici, that her 14-year-old son Charles IX would marry the 30-year-old English Queen Elizabeth.

Throughout his biography Wilson is heavily critical of Nostradamian "experts" who uncritically perpetuate errors about his life and predictions; he is equally critical of arch-sceptic James Randi for his own carelessness. This well-researched biography should (but probably won't) lay to rest the rubbish which is churned out year after year in an effort to make us believe that Nostradamus foresaw the death of Diana, or the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. During World War II, Germany and Britain both created fake Nostradamus prophecies to discourage the enemy. Nothing changes; people were writing fake Nostradamus prophecies even when he was still alive. --David V Barrett --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "nessa007" on 18 Mar. 2003
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It seems like Wilson has done it again. After recently reading his Turin Shroud, Unshrouding the Mystery, co-written with photographer Barrie Schawortz, I found myself purchasing Nostradamus: The Evidence, only afterwards making the connection. Like in his previous books, Wilson has a straight forward, no nonsense style. His honesty as to his intentions and interests regarding his work is refreshing, and makes you feel almost as though you are being told a story by a very well informed friend.
His intention of objectivity is, in my opinion, fulfilled completely, with plenty of references to sources across a wide spectrum of schools of thought in terms of Nostradamus's validity as a prophet. His life, work, family and social life are described in detail, without any unnecessary detours, along with a vivid explanation of the political, social and religious situation in France and the rest of Europe during his life and thereafter. This accurate contextualisation greatly eases the reading for those of us with little or no knowledge of French sixteenth century history.
In essence, this book examines two main questions: Is there any proof that Nostradamus could indeed predict the future and Why does his name come up all over the world every time a major historical event takes place. Wilson provides you with the evidence and allows you as the reader to draw your own conclusions.
Highly recommended read.
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