By James Randi
Nostradamus eventually meets his fit - the world over recognized magician and debunker of latest Age quackery - James Randi!
The masks of Nostradamus is the 1st in-depth biography of this fascinating sixteenth-century astrologer and surgeon whose e-book of prophecies, The Centuries, is said through many to have foretold the good hearth of London, the French Revolution, the increase of Hitler, and different an important old occasions. In his wonderful learn of Nostradamus' lifestyles and occasions, Randi exhibits the level to which modern ideals in magic and astrology adulterated sixteenth-century technology, and the way Nostradamus used his talents as a doctor and poet to develop into a loved counselor to the courts of Europe. ultimately, Randi exposes the various tips utilized by Nostradamus to make his prophecies look real, and the rationalizations of his predictions via his fans throughout the centuries.
Four hundred years after his loss of life, Nostradamus keeps to fascinate us. this can be the 1st critical exploration of this complicated determine whose status nonetheless echoes in our personal time.
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This same rule num ber eight was known to Jonathan Swift, the satirical English author of Gulliver's Travels who dealt a terrible blow to astrology by writing a Prediction for the Year 1708, by Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. While professing belief in the art under his pseudonym, he also pointed out the absurdities it entails, then directed a barb at a well-known and financially successful London astrologer named Partridge. It took the form of an astrological forecast: My first prediction is but a trifle, yet I mention it to show how ignorant these sottish pretenders to astrology are in their own concerns: it refers to Partridge the almanac-maker.
He walked around the im aginary room just once, then was gone. Next Charles appeared, who was to succeed Francis as king. He walked slowly around the magic room four teen times before he, too, disappeared. Finally, the son who was to be Henry III of France was seen in the m irror, circling the room fifteen times. Each turn of the room was said to signify the duration of each reign, so Catherine now knew that Francis was not to live long. H ow T rue Are the Anecdotes? First, the story of the white and the black pig, when I read it, seemed somewhat fam iliar.
Furtherm ore, no history book I have consulted does so much as hint at any séance Catherine attended, except for the Pasquier account, and that makes Ruggieri the actor; every one of the Nostradamians' books that repeat the séance story have Nostradamus as the medium in attendance. Along with Rasputin, Cagliostro, Paracelsus and many other charlatans of note, Nostradamus swayed not only the public but kings and popes by his words. We would do well to learn all we can from an examination of the life and the methods of the man who was once Michel de Notredame.