Quatrain 03-56: beginning date time span quatrains
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie

Comment by Van Berkel

Letter to Cesar
Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile

...pour d'icy l'annee 3797.

Translation (Van Berkel, 2004)
...from the present until the year 3797.

Epistle to Henry II
Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile

...depuis le temps present , qui est le Mars,1557.

Translation (Van Berkel, 2004)
...from the present time, i.e. March 14, 1557.

Quatrain 03-56
Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile

Montauban,Nismes,Auignon & Besier,
Peste tonnerre & gresle fin de Mars:
De Paris pont,Lyon mur,Montpellier,
Depuis six cens & sept vingts trois pars.

Translation (Van Berkel, 2004)
Montauban, Nmes, Avignon and Bziers:
Plague, thunder and hail by the end of March.
Of Paris bridge, Lyons wall, Montpellier
Since six hundred and seven twenty-three parts.

Nostradamus writes to his son Cesar that March 1, 1555, is the beginning date of the time span of the quatrains. In quatrain 03-56, he points to this date.
In the fourth line, the word "since" is written. This means that the "six hundred and seven, twenty-three parts" point to a period of 607 years and 23 days. This period has to be added to March 1, 1555, the beginning date of the time span of the quatrains. This results in the fulfilment date of this quatrain: March 24, 2162, Julian calendar. 
This fulfilment date corresponds with the second line, which says that plague, thunder and hail will occur by the end of March.
According to the CD4-system, the system to calculate fulfilment dates for the quatrains, quatrain 03-56 is written on August 21, 1532, 01:46:07 G.M.T.
Nostradamus writes in his letter to Henry II that his predictions start "in the present time, i.e. March 14, 1557". This date is not the beginning date of the time span of the quatrains. If the period of 607 years and 23 days is added to March 14, 1557, this results in April 6, 2164, Julian calendar. This is after the end of March and does not correspond with the second line.
The letter to Henry II is meant as an introduction to the 8th, 9th and 10th century. The mentioning of March 14, 1557 means most probably that there is not a single quatrain in these centuries that will be fulfilled before March 14, 1557.


Comment by Brind'Amour

Source text: 1555-Bonhomme-edition
Montauban, Nismes, Avignon & Besier,
Peste, tonerre & gresle fin de Mars:
De Paris pont, Lyon mur, Montpellier,
Depuis six cent & sept XXIII. pars.

Brind'Amour wrote that the decease of Francis I on March 31, 1547, was announced, accompanied or underlined by a number of miracles. On December 10, 1547, the St. Michael's bridge in Paris collapsed as a result of floods. In Nostradamus Astrophile, p.259, Brind'Amour interpreted the word pars in the fourth line as an astronomical reference to a part of the year. Therefore, the fourth line would point at May 20, 1607. At the end of his comment on quatrain 03-56, Brind'Amour wrote that the enigma of numbers in the fourth line remained insolvable.[1]


De Meern, the Netherlands, March 3, 2004
T.W.M. van Berkel


The titles, places and year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.

  1. Brind'Amour 1996, p.408-410.  [text]


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