Henry IV King of France & Navarre
See the following paper for the Rationale & Rules underlying my work on Nostradamus.
|Nostradamus' interest in
Henry IV King of France & Navarre.
At the time that Nostradamus wrote his prophecies there was little prospect that the Bourbon line would prosper and rule France. By 1553 the Bourbons had married into the property rich Navarre line that held many titles but none of real power. However Nostradamus had once lived close to the Navarre court at Nerac nearby to Agen at a time when Marguerite was Queen of Navarre and her fame already international.
In his writings Nostradamus claimed his major topic was the great mutations that would occur in the future, one of which was religion on which he observed:
Religious wars that changed the way humans lived in France and Europe lay only a few years in the future and Henri III of Navarre was a dominant figure in these wars and the destiny of France. It is therefore not surprising to find verses that tell the story of this future king.
The first Bourbon... King Henry IV of France
I have shown that C.V Q.39 is a reference to the Bourbon line with Marguerite of Navarre at its head . I showed that it contained the name d'Angouleme in its anagrams which is one of the titles of Marguerite. However the connection to Marguerite only began when Antoine of Bourbon married Marguerite's daughter Jeanne d'Albret. There is another name in one of the other anagrams of that verse which also relates to the French royal Valois family. The name is Lorraine and it occurs eleven times in Nostradamus' Prophecies, three are in the visible text with the other eight appearing only as anagrams. The name of Lorraine is linked closely to that of Guise, the other family besides the Bourbon, that were in line to the throne should the Valois lineage of the 16th century die out. The Lorraine/ Guise royal claimants at that time were far more powerful and much more wealthy than the Bourbon side of the family. In addition the Bourbons were increasingly linking themselves to the Protestant views that were infiltrating France at that time while the Guise/Lorraine families remained strongly Catholic. When Jeanne d'Albret gave birth to a son in 1553 the likelihood of his ever becoming king relied on a long sequence of events involving failures in birth, premature deaths and deaths whose timing would have changed history if they had occurred a few weeks later. Henri III of Navarre had few real prospects of ever becoming King of France when he was born, yet he did so in 1589.
It was scarcely to be expected, however, that he would one day succeed to the throne of France, since Catherine de Médicis had already borne three sons to the reigning king, Henry II, and would soon bear him a fourth. See here http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/261684/Henry-IV/3131/Prince-of-Bearn
However there is at least one of Nostradamus' verses which seemed to tell of Henri's achievements long before they happened.
Nay Souz les vmbres et journee nocturne
Sera en regne et bonte Souueraine.
Ferare naiStre Son Sang de l'antique vrne
Renouuellant Siecle d'or pour l'aerain
Born in the shadows and during a dark day,
He will be sovereign in realm and goodness:
He will cause his blood to rise again in the ancient urn
Renewing the age of gold for the treasury(lat).
Henri was born far away from the Parisian courts at Pau, Bearn in the south of France on the 14th day of a wintry December night. Both his grandmother Marguerite and his mother, Jeane were renowned as kindly and beneficial rulers of their territories and Henri showed much the same character once he became King Henry IV of France. Henri has the reputation of being the best King France ever had and under his leadership, his Superintendent of Finances, duc de Sully, transformed France's economy. . His father's family had lost its grip on its claim to the throne and through Henri, the Bourbon line would once more rise to the forefront of the realm. It can therefore be argued that Nostradamus' lines in this verse successfully tell the story of Henri IV from birth to death.
Amongst many reasons for my belief that Nostradamus intended this verse to provide an important link in the story of the religious mutations of the future is Henri's involvement in the religious wars of the 16th Century. There are many anagrams in this verse that support the interpretation I give. Amongst the rare ones two stand out. One is the name of a major financial backer to Henri's religious campaigns namely England. Anagrams of England only occur here and one other verse and in this instance it is part of a sequence of anagrams that complete the line and they provide a reason why England acted in this manner. Ferare naiStre Son Sang de l'antique vrne becomes Fera renaiSt reSonSa ngdelan tiqu evrne and this becomes Reasons England never quit retains fear. Elizabeth I of England had connections to Henri IV through her mother Anne Boleyn who knew and was an ardent follower of Henry's grandmother, Marguerite. England had every reason to hope and foster the possibility that Henri with his Calvinistic faith would occupy the kingship role as this suited a Protestant England. Elizabeth was already a beneficiary as Henri of the Bourbon line caused his blood to rise in the ancient urn and this provided the reason behind her support. There is also in this line another very rare anagram for equivalent and it further strengthens the links since the equivalence of Henri's and Elizabeth's protestant views was behind the assistance he received.
In the second line describing how well the new king does there is an anagram for bounteous and it only occurs in this line in the Prophecies. It is adjacent to letters that create the description of that time a bounteous.era (bonte Souuera= bonteSouu era). Once again a complex word of rare occurrence provides a totally unexpected fit with the words that are visible.
There are three verses where the Bourbon emblem, the Fleur de Lys, can be found. One of these verses is linked to the origins of the Bourbon line through Marguerite d'Angouleme (see my paper on Marguerite) while another (below) has wording that points strongly to the first of the Bourbon Kings, Henry IV.
Les vieux chemins Seront tous embelys
Lon paSSera a Memphis Somentree
Le grand Mercure d'Hercules fleur de lys
FaiSant trembler terre mer et contree
The old roads will all be improved,
One will proceed on them to the modern Memphis:
The great Mercury of Hercules fleur-de-lis
Causing to tremble lands, sea and country.
The following are some historical perspectives given on Henri IV in recent years and I include them as they provide independent testimony of the aptness of this verse to Henri's reign;
With the aid of Sully, who served as superintendent of finances, the king [Henri IV] put the crown's fiscal house back in order through prudent expenditures, an overhaul of municipal finance, and the consolidation of the state's debt. By 1608, Sully estimated that the royal treasury had accumulated reserves totalling 32.5 million livres.
(Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/henry-iv-of-france#ixzz1le6HPqzX )
Henri IV took measures to build up agriculture and farming, as well as industry. After 1598 communications and transport were greatly improved by the building of bridges, roads, canals and lighthouses.
Henry IV was known as the Gallic Hercules and endures to this day as one of France's most popular rulers.
(Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/henry-iv-of-france#ixzz1le5cKDtB )
In essence it was Henri that modernised the run-down city of Paris and its supply routes thereby removing the impediments to trade and prosperity. Paris was not on the great Roman routes and the old roads that had been the backbone of transport for over 1500 years had to be rebuilt in order that Paris could become the modern hub of the 17th century. In so doing it replicated the achievements of the ancient trading hub of Memphis as implied in Nostradamus' verse.
It is clear that Nostradamus was interested in the future of the Bourbon kings but at the time of his writing and publishing his work such events lay in the future. The existence of the verses above together with others, all of which contain hidden patterns of foreknowledge, provides a strong base for believing Nostradamus did have the abilities he claimed. If so the search of many to discredit him reflects on their closed mindedness. If, as I believe, the evidence does stand up then it is surely far more fruitful to investigate the means by which such a thing is possible than to either declaim it without consideration or read into it things that are inconsistent with Nostradamus' method and intent.