DO PREDICTIONS BECOME
October 31, 2007
The Prophecies of Nostradamus
their present-day significance
T.W.M. van Berkel
entrance unit Zwaag
October 31, 2007, being invited by the library in the Custody
Prison in Zwaag, NL (the Penitentiary Institution Noord-Holland
Noord, unit Zwaag), T.W.M. van Berkel held a lecture on the life
and work of Nostradamus and the value of the predictions in the
Centuries for three groups of detainees, who were very
interested in this matter. Two books on Nostradamus and the Centuries
are part of the collection of the library: a Dutch translation
of a book, written by John
Hogue, and a Dutch translation of a book, written by Peter Lorie.
In the first part of the lecture The Prophecies of
Nostradamus - their present-day significance, the
present-day interest in the Centuries was discussed and
the fields of research, such as research upon which predictions
became fulfilled, bibliographic research and research on
allusions to the Centuries in publications, written by
contemporaries of Nostradamus.
In the second part, the life and work of Nostradamus was
discussed, the compilation of the various Century-editions,
published in the sixteenth century and the Dutch translation of
the Centuries which was published in 1941 in The Hague.
In the third part, the contents of the Preface to Cesar and the
Epistle to Henry II were discussed as far as they are connected
with the time span of the Centuries, the geographical
covering and the way in which the predictions were supposed to
In the fourth part, the value of the predictions was discussed.
Positive comments were compared with negative ones, resulting
from the research upon which the project Nostradamus,
astrology and the Bible is founded. Clues that might mean
that the Centuries were written by more than one author
were also discussed.
In the fifth and last part, abuses of the Centuries
and/or the name and reputation of Nostradamus were discussed. It
was explained how in World War II propaganda was produced, based
upon the Centuries and/or Century-comments.
The information in the lecture was supported by a
PowerPoint-presentation. For this occasion, the library had put
a laptop and a beamer at disposal.
Frequently, the audience made use of the opportunity to ask
questions and from time to time, a vivid debate took place about
the presented information.