Wednesday, 12 January 2011

HISTORY - Nostradamus and a Modern Prediction...



As part of today's lesson about Mary, Queen of Scots, we did a little research into the life of Nostradamus.   Alisdair was completing one of the components for his lapbook and had to answer three questions:

1) When and where did he live?
     Born 1503 and died 1566.  Lived in France.

2) What was he famous for?
     He was an astrologer and a physician.
     He also wrote rhymed prophecies.

3) What do you think of him?
     He sounds like a strange man and his prophecies might be a hoax!

The notes that accompany the Homeschool Share templates tell us, "There was some amount of tension between Mary [Queen of Scots] and Francis’s mother, Catherine de Medici. Queen Catherine had her own personal alchemist, who was a master of poisons as well. Mary was often wondering who might be poisoned next. She also hired the astrologer Nostradamus who was supposed to have amazing powers of prediction. The two queens did eventually learn to tolerate, if not respect, each other."

According to  The Discover France website  "Nostradamus was consulted by Catherine de Medici — who shared his penchant for astrology — regarding the fate of her husband, King Henry II, as well as that of her three sons. His predictions that her husband would be killed in a joust, and that she would outlive each of her sons through their consecutive successions on the throne, were proved true. It was largely as a result of his protection by Catherine de Medici that Nostradamus was allowed to remain free to pursue his scientific studies and to publish his dire but accurate prophecies."

After our discussion and Alisdair's completion of the questions, I put on my coat and said, "I have a prediction to make."

"What is it Mum?," Alisdair asked.

"I predict your papers will soon be done," I replied.

"That sounds like it might be true, Mum," he said, laughingly, as I went outside to start the car in the -23 degree weather, and then went on to deliver the news to the 20 subscribers.

So, tell me -- who really needs Nostradamus, anyway?

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