Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom

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"Gerson, a history professor and coeditor of a new edition of Nostradamus' "Prophecies," takes a rationalist's approach to the sixteenth-century physician-apothecary whose four-line verses are thought by some to offer glimpses into the future. Michel de Nostredame, to use his full name, is credited by some people with predicting the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks (among various other key world events through the centuries), but others have pointed out that Nostradamus' quatrains are too unspecific and open to interpretation to be considered genuine predictions. The author wisely avoids this debate, for the most part, and focuses instead on the man's life, his legacy, and the way his verses have entered and affected the world's culture. Relatively little is known by the general public about the life of Nostradamus, and this well-researched and evenhanded biography definitely fills a void. Some readers might be immediately put off by the book's subtitle, assuming this is another Nostradamus-as-visionary tract, but give the book a chance: it's a solid and enlightening story of a man who, whether you believe the pro-prophecy crowd or not, led a fascinating life."--"Booklist""Cultural historian Gerson (History/New York Univ.; "The Pride of Place: Local Memories and Political Culture in Modern France," 2003, etc.) shares his vast knowledge of and fascination with the legendary seer. The author attempts to explain how Nostradamus' (1503-1566) mystique has endured for more than five centuries. Trained as a doctor, he found that writing almanacs was much more to his pleasure, and this interest eventually begat his most famous work, "Prophecies." He categorized his quatrains in groups of 100 and wrote a total of 942, although new ones appeared after his death. Nostradamus eventually became a good excuse for disasters, and few were above writing quatrains in his style; he was a matter of wonder and public amusement as well as an answer to anxieties and fears. Whil

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Whenever we enter a new era, whenever the premises of our worldview are questioned or imperiled, Nostradamus offers certainty and solace. In 1666, guests at posh English dinner parties discussed his quatrains about the Great Fire of London. In 1942, the Jewish writer Irene Nemirovsky latched her hopes for survival in Nazi-occupied France to Nostradamus' prediction that the war would soon end. And on September 12, 2001, teenagers proclaimed on the streets of Brooklyn that "this guy, Nostradamus" had seen it coming. In his new book about this fascinating figure, Stephane Gerson takes readers on a journey through the life and after-life of Michel de Nostrademe, the Renaissance astrologer who became known as Nostradamus, the man whose Prophecies have been pored over, interpreted, and finally been transformed into "The Gospel of Doom" for the modern age. In moving beyond Nostrademe's life to chronicle the interest in his prophecies over the ages, Gerson's book chronicles not only the man himself, but the hold his predictions still have over us today.

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Editorial: St Martin s Press, United States (2012)
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Descripción St Martin s Press, United States, 2012. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 239 x 160 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Whenever we enter a new era, whenever the premises of our worldview are questioned or imperiled, Nostradamus offers certainty and solace. In 1666, guests at posh English dinner parties discussed his quatrains about the Great Fire of London. In 1942, the Jewish writer Irene Nemirovsky latched her hopes for survival in Nazi-occupied France to Nostradamus prediction that the war would soon end. And on September 12, 2001, teenagers proclaimed on the streets of Brooklyn that this guy, Nostradamus had seen it coming. In his new book about this fascinating figure, Stephane Gerson takes readers on a journey through the life and after-life of Michel de Nostrademe, the Renaissance astrologer who became known as Nostradamus, the man whose Prophecies have been pored over, interpreted, and finally been transformed into The Gospel of Doom for the modern age. In moving beyond Nostrademe s life to chronicle the interest in his prophecies over the ages, Gerson s book chronicles not only the man himself, but the hold his predictions still have over us today. Nº de ref. de la librería POW9780312613686

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Descripción St Martin s Press, United States, 2012. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 239 x 160 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Whenever we enter a new era, whenever the premises of our worldview are questioned or imperiled, Nostradamus offers certainty and solace. In 1666, guests at posh English dinner parties discussed his quatrains about the Great Fire of London. In 1942, the Jewish writer Irene Nemirovsky latched her hopes for survival in Nazi-occupied France to Nostradamus prediction that the war would soon end. And on September 12, 2001, teenagers proclaimed on the streets of Brooklyn that this guy, Nostradamus had seen it coming. In his new book about this fascinating figure, Stephane Gerson takes readers on a journey through the life and after-life of Michel de Nostrademe, the Renaissance astrologer who became known as Nostradamus, the man whose Prophecies have been pored over, interpreted, and finally been transformed into The Gospel of Doom for the modern age. In moving beyond Nostrademe s life to chronicle the interest in his prophecies over the ages, Gerson s book chronicles not only the man himself, but the hold his predictions still have over us today. Nº de ref. de la librería POW9780312613686

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