The first marriage of Nostradamus
to the Brief Discours, the first time Nostradamus married was in
the period he lived in Agen and was befriended with Jules-Cesar Scaliger,
physician and linguist. According to the Brief Discours, a son and a daughter were born. Their
names are not known; some sources say that the wife's name was Andiette
d'Encausse. The wife and children of Nostradamus died very
quickly, which made Nostradamus decide to retire in the Provence, his
The second marriage of Nostradamus
Nostradamus treated plague victims in Aix-en-Provence. In the course of
1546, he settled in Salon-de-Provence, a town close to Saint-Rémy de
Provence, his place of birth, halfway Avignon and Marseille.
On November 11, 1547, Nostradamus married for the second time. His wife
was called Anne Ponsarde (Gemelle), widow of Jean Beaulme. She was a niece of a notary.
In this marriage, six children were born.
Born: ca. 1551
Details: married with Claude de Pérussis. Son: Claude.
Born: December 18, 1553 
Deceased: around 1630
Details: 1598 and 1614: consul of Salon. 1604: married with Claire
de Grignan. No children.
Details: February 17, 1588: married with Louise Becq.
Born: November 3, 1557
Deceased: December 2, 1601
Details: December 14, 1587: setting in a monastery, friar's
Born: around 1558
Deceased: before 1597
Details: married with Pierre de Seva. Son: Melchior.
Deceased: after 1630
Details: Baptized on September 8, 1561. Spinster.
Nostradamus died on July 2, 1566. His
wife died on July 19, 1582.
De Meern, the Netherlands, January 9, 2005
The titles, places and year
of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.
to Van Berkel, December 24, 2004. See also: Zannoth: the article Scaliger
& Nostradamus. [text]
text of the Brief Discours is included in e.g. Le
Pelletier's Les Oracles de Michel de Nostredame, book I, p.24-29.
In Abrégé de la vie de
Michel Nostradamus (1701), Tronc de Coudoulet does not mention whether or
not the first marriage of Nostradamus resulted in children. After the
decease of his wife, Nostradamus returned to Aix (Tronc de Coudoulet, p.25).
In Abrégé de l'histoire de Michel Nostradamus (1722), Tronc
de Coudoulet writes that it was by the intervention of Jules-Cesar
Scaliger that Nostradamus married a rich, honest woman of the city
of Agen. Tronc de Coudoulet also mentions the birth of a son and a
daughter and the decease of them and of Nostradamus' wife, after
which Nostradamus decided to withdraw himself in the Provence region
(Tronc de Coudoulet, p.63). [text]
Leroy, p.70. [text]
Unless otherwise indicated, the
birth and decease dates and further details of the children,
Nostradamus had in his second marriage, are taken from Leroy, p.111-129.
In Abrégé de la vie de Michel Nostradamus (1701), Tronc de Coudoulet
Nostradamus had four children: three sons and one daughter. The oldest
son, Michel, was the author of a treatise on astrology (Tronc de
Coudoulet, p.25). In Abrégé de l'histoire de Michel Nostradamus
(1722), he writes that Nostradamus had seven children: four sons and
three daughters (Tronc de Coudoulet, p.63). In this description, it
is also mentioned that the name of the oldest son was Michel. Benazra
has pointed out that this Michel, called Michel Nostradamus le Jeune
or Mi. de Nostredame, was not a child of Nostradamus, but an
imposter (Benazra, p.92-93). [text]
Benazra, p.177. [text]
Leroy, p.106. [text]