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"The modern languages expert Peter Lemesurier is widely regarded as Britain's leading authority on Nostradamus."
--Ian Wilson, author of Nostradamus: The Man Behind the Prophecies

"A radically new view on Nostradamus's prophecy-making, supported by a biography putting things back into the right perspective, along with the most literal and up-to-date translation so far."
--Wouter Weyland, International Nostradamus Research Group

"It is surprising to find that a book on such a topic can be so readable, interesting and encompassing. Peter Lemesurier is a scholar with a world-wide reputation in esoteric studies and is deeply knowledgeable about…all the significant works that have been [previously] published...."
--David Hill, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, University of Calgary

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Peter Lemesurier is the author of many works on the world's great mysteries and is widely regarded as the leading English-language expert on Nostradamus. He has written several books on Nostradamus, including the best-selling Nostradamus Encyclopedia, the authoritative The Unknown Nostradamus, and Nostradamus: The Illustrated Prophecies. Born in 1936, he has been a musician, teacher, translator, author, and jet pilot. He has twice been invited by the town of Salon-de-Provence (Nostradamus's hometown) to lecture in French on the seer, and has appeared on numerous TV productions and radio programs, including, Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and UK's Channel 4. He lives in Pembroke, UK.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (August 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601631324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631329
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JE Farrow on September 17, 2010
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A couple of years ago I decided not to review any books that were tagged "New Age." The reason was that I no longer believed that "New Age" signified anything more than a buzz word and/or commercial fiction. In addition to this, I just found the material, well, frankly...boring.

Nonetheless, with the 2012 hoopla & the descent of The History & Discovery Channels into providing an uncritical platform for New Age fantasy, I felt a need to address the issue of Nostradamus. I had recently seen The History Channel had a 2-hr "Special" on the "discovery" of a NEW Nostradamus PICTURE book! So when I received a promo to review NOSTRADAMUS Bibliomancer, etc. I readily agreed.

I had glanced at the author's profile just long enough to see that he (Peter Lemesurier) had been involved in the TV show noted above. Frankly I must have missed his segment(I multi-task while "watching" TV), but I've seen enough Nostradamus' "Specials" as to have had pretty good notion what to expect: Another self-serving author or pundit with a prediliction for gab--and me with sharp critical daggers at the ready.

I was in for a very pleasant surprise--and set the daggers down.

While it's true that Lemesurier is one of the formost Nostradamus scholars around, his goal in the present work is not to inflate the French Seer into an even higher sphere of make-believe, it was to bring his subject back down to earth. An anti-Nostradamus as it were, certainly from a non-fictional point of view.

The main theme of the book is to explain the "prophecies" of the alleged "Doctor" as being the result of bibliomancy--as oppossed to astrology or other more exotic forms of divination. What's the difference?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Neely on November 7, 2010
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Nostradamus, Bibliomancer, The Man, The Myth, The Truth by Peter Lemesurier This book is for anyone who has enjoyed the fantastical predictions of the many who in the 1500's is purported to have made accurate predictions for the future, even for our times: medical cures, wars, overthrowing of governments, and the end of the world. There have been many books written on Nostradamus and thrilling and scary TV shows. This is a remarkable new book in which Peter Lemesurier, considered the foremost authority on Nostradamus, refutes all his previous books and writings about the famous seer by explaining him as a Bibliomancer (one who quotes other books and takes things out of context,) and these quotes have been re-interpreted in our times retrospectively to fit an historical event. If you have enjoyed the Nostradamus predictions this book will not be "mind candy" but a down to earth explanation you might prefer not to know, but very informative and thoroughly researched. It takes a lot of courage for an author to refute himself.
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After a brief historical overview of the life of Michel de Nostredame (1503-1566), Peter Lemesurier considers who the alleged mystic was and what he actually did during his lifetime, based on contemporary documentary evidence. In the process, Lemesurier debunks the linguistic misunderstandings, hearsay and falsehoods that have arisen about the man and his work.

Penned in 16th-century French and rendered cryptically under Virgilian influence, with many printing errors, Nostradamus's original writings are so obscure that they are all but inaccessible to the modern-day reader who has not studied them in great detail--small wonder that they are so commonly misunderstood and therefore misrepresented. Lemesurier has taken the effort out of such an exercise by listing the claims that have been made in relation to Nostradamus's writing alongside a note of the texts concerned, and then analyzing each of them in turn. The records relating to his doctoral qualifications are examined, which show that Nostradamus was simply an opportunistic apothecary living at the time of the Great Plague.

Lemesurier shows that Nostradamus was no more an astrologer than he was a doctor, with his incompetence on the former score being subject to much mudslinging from the full-blooded astrologers of his day. Nostradamus's Les Propheties (The Prophecies) is shown to be merely an anthology of known prophecies from the past, fittingly adapted to suit present and anticipated circumstances in the light of known historical events projected into the future. Instead, the divinatory method that Nostradamus actually used is shown as most likely being that of bibliomancy (the random selection of extracts from books chosen by chance).
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Was Nostradamus a magician or an ordinary man with a vision? More than just another speculative title or biography, Peter Lemesurier's "Nostradamus, Bibliomancer: The Man, The Myth, The Truth" offers research from a world authority on the topic and focuses on Nostradamus' prophecies in the context of his era. As a result, insights into the medieval world as well as his life and work comes from a re-examination of original sources that determines how Nostradamus made his prophecies based on past history. A CD companion offers facsimiles of original books from the 1555 edition of his prophecies to the later 1668 version. New age libraries should consider this a 'must'!
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