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The Man, The Myth, The Truth Peter Lemesurier
Key to Unlock a (Fabricated) Misunderstanding,
By Jeff farrow
A couple of years ago I decided not to review
any books that were tagged "New Age." The reason was that I no longer
believed that "New Age" signified anything more than a buzzword
and/or commercial fiction. In addition to this, I just found the material,
Nonetheless, with the 2012 hoopla & the descent of The History & Discovery Channels into providing an uncritical platform for New Age fantasy, I felt a need to address the issue of Nostradamus. I had recently seen The History Channel had a 2-hr "Special" on the "discovery" of a NEW Nostradamus PICTURE book! So when I received a promo to review NOSTRADAMUS Bibliomancer, etc. I readily agreed.
I had glanced at the author's profile just long enough to see that he (Peter Lemesurier) had been involved in the TV show noted above. Frankly I must have missed his segment (I multi-task while "watching" TV), but I've seen enough Nostradamus' "Specials" as to have had pretty good notion what to expect: Another self-serving author or pundit with a predilection for gab--and me with sharp critical daggers at the ready.
I was in for a very pleasant surprise--and set the daggers down.
While it's true that Lemesurier is one of the foremost Nostradamus scholars around, his goal in the present work is not to inflate the French Seer into an even higher sphere of make-believe, it was to bring his subject back down to earth. An anti-Nostradamus as it were, certainly from a non-fictional point of view.
The main theme of the book is to explain the "prophecies" of the alleged "Doctor" as being the result of bibliomancy--as opposed to astrology or other more exotic forms of divination. What's the difference? As the author explains, bibliomancy is a method to shine light on an issue by opening a sacred scripture & finding enlightenment therein. Some people may use the Bible, some the Koran, and others the I-Ching.
By comparing the events & images found in the verses of Nostradamus to publications extant in his time & readily accessible to him, Lemesurier demonstrates that his verses, far from being original, refer to events contemporary to his own time or the immediate future--NOT our present. In other words, he predicted events that had already happened, or were bound to happen in the NEAR future
If the prophecies were meant for a far, distant future, people in Nostradamus' time wouldn't have been interested in buying his books. They wanted predictions & they wanted them now! They weren't interested in events centuries ahead. Nostradamus gave the people what they wanted & he was very successful at it. He wasn't concerned with the distant future, but with his financial present. It's like this, would Sylvia Browne have hit the "psychic" big time if her predictions were meant for 2513?
Likewise Peter Lemesurier systematically debunks other fictionalized claims & legends surrounding Nostradamus. He does this in the same methodical way he treats the so-called "prophecies." He does this in a scholarly manner, yes, but utilizing a readily accessible style of writing to communicate his very lucid knowledge of his subject. The book is a pleasure to read & even entertaining (a BIG plus in my book).
As if that weren't enough, there is a CD enclosed with NOSTRADAMUS that is comprised of Photostats exhibiting 7 original main Nostradamus editions published between 1555 and conclude in 1668. This is a vital series of documents that go to bolster Lemesurier's thesis that the predictions had nothing to do with events in the 20th or 21st centuries--and even earlier. The various books and their total pages are navigation friendly.
The entire "packaging of Nostradamus" as clearly critiqued in Lemesurieur's informative little masterpiece reminds me of that parlor game where you have a group of people sitting in a circle. The first person is handed a piece of paper on which a key phrase has been scribed. Then that person whispers it to the next person, then that person to another, etc. By the time the phrase goes all around the circle, the final person says the phrase out loud--and by then it generally has nothing to do with what was initially written on the paper for the first person to repeat.
By a similar process as applied through the centuries, we are presented strange images from the past that today--while possibly interesting from an artistic point of view--are mostly nonsensical and/or irrelevant when presented as prophetic fact.
I really encourage people who "believe" in Nostradamus to suspend their prejudice & read this book.
Truth will set us free.