de la vie et de l'histoire
de michel nostradamus
In the Méjanes library
in Aix-en-Provence, during his research on the life and work of
Nostradamus, Benazra found two treatises on Nostradamus, written by one
and the same author, with a time difference of twenty years. One of
these treatises was a printed booklet of 12 pages, entitled Abrégé de la vie de Michel
and published in the beginning of the 18th century. The other treatise
was a manuscript, entitled Abrégé de l'histoire de Michel Nostradamus,
compiled from a number of publications of the poet Palamède Tronc
de Coudoulet, a great-great-nephew of Nostradamus.
this publication, the reader finds the source of a number of legends and
anecdotes which always are included in the studies on Nostradamus and
his work. Tronc de Coudoulet also interpreted a number of quatrains and
discussed Pierre Gassendi's critics in De effectibus siderum on
predictions of Nostradamus regarding Antoine Suffredi.
Benazra added a large number of explanatory notes to the material,
written by Tronc de Coudoulet. He also added reprints of the original
texts. Abrégé... is preceded by a family tree which shows the
relation between Tronc de Coudoulet and his great-great-uncle.
Meern, the Netherlands, October 25, 2005