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Michel de Nostredame (1503 – 1566), more commonly known as Nostradamus, was a French apothecary-turned-seer.

Biography

Born in 1503 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in southern France, Michel de Nostredame became an apothecary and drafted his first almanac in 1550, in which he predicted future events in relatively obscure, rhyming couplets. Around this time, he took the name Nostradamus, an incorrect Latin translation of his surname.

He later published The Prophecies, which ensured his fame and reputation. Nostradamus also left writings around Paris, containing vague prophecies as to the locations of three rings that unlocked a vault containing the armor of the Master Assassin Thomas de Carneillon. In 1555, he was summoned to the royal court by Queen Catherine de' Medici. He supposedly predicted the death of King Henry II, correctly foretelling that the King's skull would be pierced by his master-at-arms. In 1564, Catherine de' Medici appointed him Physician-in-Ordinary to her son, the young King Charles IX. Nostradamus died in Salon-de-Provence in 1566.

Legacy

During the French Revolution, the Assassin Arno Dorian collected Nostradamus' writings around Paris, eventually recovering the three rings and unlocking the vault.

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