I bought this book half heartedly in a jumble sale as a teenager as I was interested in Nostradamus at the time- it probably sat in my library for about 5 years before I finally got round to reading it.
On the surface it is a story about the life and times of Nostrodamus and very richly evokes the medieval french setting being densely packed with historic references, symbolism and detail. The character of Nostrodamus -the wandering jew- is wonderfully human and convincingly drawn- as are the curious historic characters of the heroic Duc de Guise and the enigmatic Cardinal Lorraine. The setting makes reference to many current trends in the theory of the development of the French court and its relation to a 'secret' underlying the foundation of western society. It is never direct in this as, for example, Dan Browns The Da Vinci Code which clobbers you over the head - it gently nudges you and teases you until the end when it calmly and subtley hints at a bigger and integrated picture, leaving you spellbound and dazed long after putting it down.
I once loaned this book to an (ex) friend who never returned it and I swore I would never be without again. I now own about 5 copies and regularly dip in and out of it to remind me how truly wonderful this book is.
Liz Greene has written for me the best book I have ever read- all the more astonishing as her speciality is astrology- something i dont believe in at all.