Benazra was born in 1953 in Lyon, France. He is the director/founder of the ancient Cahiers
magazine about Jewish mysticism. In 1982/83, during his research
on Nostradamus and his works, he discovered to unique copies of
the Prophecies of Nostradamus,
dating from 1555, one of them in Albi, France, the other one in
Vienna. Shortly after, he discovered a copy of the Prophecies,
dating from 1557.
On Nostradamus, Robert Benazra published an
extensive bibliography, entitled Répertoire
which is of great value for everyone who wants
to investigate the writings of Nostradamus and the various
editions/translations of the Prophecies. He also published a
booklet which contains a biography of Nostradamus, written
around 1700 by Palamède Tronc de Coudoulet, a
great-great-nephew of Nostradamus.
Robert Benazra runs two websites. One of these sites, entitled
is entirely dedicated to the life and work of Nostradamus. This
site is like an online-encyclopedia and contains the most
recent data about his life, his work, his writings and the era
he lived in. The other site, entitled
encloses the online-information about Nostradamus, and deals
also with astrology, Judaism, prophetism and hypnology, to name
a few themes.
RESEARCHES ON MICHEL DE NOSTREDAME
the Website Espace
Nostradamus (http://michel.nostradamus.free.fr) one
will find clear, precise and serious information about a all-around
known, famous writer, whose personality and works is mostly misjudged
by the general public.
was around the seventies when I heard for the first time about the
Prophecies of Nostradamus. At that time, my knowledge of this subject
was like the one of most people, which means that I did not at
all have any serious information about the man and his writings. I
decided to get information and, above all, to base myself on sources and
to do systematic searches in the libraries. At the beginning of my
researches, I had absolutely to find answers to two essential
questions that kept running through my mind: who was Nostradamus really?
and what were his writings?
find an answer to my first question, I appealed to the real origins of
Michel de Nostredame, to know his backgrounds and to know the social
environment in which he lived. A section of my Site, entitled Ascendance,
contains the family origins of Michel, from his paternal great-great-grandfather, Vital de
Carcassonne, to his father, Jaume de Nostredame.
In the section Biographie,
I try to inform about the complex personality of Michel de Nostredame,
before becoming Nostradamus.
the same time,
I had to answer my second question, about which was total confusion:
looking for original publications of Nostradamus and perhaps unpublished
manuscripts about the physician of Salon-de-Provence. Thus, I could find
the traces of two first editions of the Prophéties de Nostradamus, the
one of 1555, published by Macé Bonhomme and the one of 1557, published
by Antoine du Rosne, re-edited in 1984 and 1993 by Les Amis de
Nostradamus (Lyon). In the section Bibliographie,
I summarized the essentials of my bibliographic research, which is
entitled Répertoire Chronologique Nostradamique (RCN),
and which was published in 1990.
present days, with it section Analyse,
the Site Espace
Nostradamus tries to constitute a kind of nostradamic critical
with the admission of unpublished and proper studies of Nostradamus and
his oeuvre. Our aim is to make available a corpus as complete as
possible, in order to rise new reflections and studies "pour le
commun profit des humains" ("for the
common benefit of mankind"), to use an expression of Nostradamus
(Letter to Cesar).
July 11, 2003,