Chronologique Nostradamique 1545-1989 (RCN) is a compendium
of about 700 pages, in which Benazra documented a large variety of
features regarding the nostradamic oeuvre (the Centuries, the Almanachs,
the Pronostications etc.) as well as studies and comments, published in
the past centuries, of those who hold Nostradamus in high esteem and
those who criticize him. It is the result of Benazra's ongoing research
on the life and work of Michel de Nostredame.
RCN is a systematic description of hundreds of works which were
published in the period 1545-1989, to begin with Orus
Apollo, a manuscript of Nostradamus which contains 84 pages with 182
Between 1545 and 1989, more than 150 editions of the Centuries were
published. The RCN contains numerous details about e.g. text
features, the publishers like Macé Bonhomme and Benoist Rigaud,
frontispieces and illustrations. In many cases, remarkable and peculiar
text fragments are given.
the RCN, Benazra amply describes the countless comments which
were written in the course of the centuries, among which of course those
by De Chavigny, but also those by people like Jaubert, Le Roux, Le
Pelletier and Piobb and - more contemporary - by Pichon and Hutin.
The RCN also contains systematic descriptions of publications in
which Nostradamus is criticized, such as those by Couillard and Videl.
Next, the contents are given of the "Cahiers Nostradamus",
published in the 1980's.
RCN contains reproductions of more than 400 illustrations,
varying from portraits and illustrations on the front pages to all kinds
of decorations. Closing, the RCN contains lists of persons and of years
is almost impossible to describe in detail the contents of the RCN,
which book, according to Martin Hofstede, the author of Het raadsel
Nostradamus - zijn leven, zijn werk, zijn voorspellingen (Rijswijk,
NL, 1996) is a true gold mine for everyone who is interested in
Nostradamus and his works.
Meern, the Netherlands, October 26, 2005