1503 - 1566

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Michel de Nostredame (December 1503 – July 1566), usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French astrologer, physician and reputed seer, who is best known for his book Les Prophéties (published in 1555), a collection of 942 poetic quatrains allegedly predicting future events. Nostradamus's father's family had originally been Jewish, but had converted to Catholic Christianity a generation before Nostradamus was born. He studied at the University of Avignon, but was forced to leave after just over a year when the university closed due to an outbreak of the plague. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nostradamus has received more than 10,099,460 page views. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Nostradamus is the most popular occultist, the 16th most popular biography from France (down from 12th in 2019) and the most popular French Occultist.

Nostradamus is most famous for predicting the future.

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Among occultists, Nostradamus ranks 1 out of 9After him are Rajneesh, Grigori Rasputin, Baba Vanga, John Dee, Aleister Crowley, Count of St. Germain, Helena Blavatsky, Alessandro Cagliostro, Anton LaVey, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, and Allan Kardec.

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Among people born in 1503, Nostradamus ranks 1After him are Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, Parmigianino, Bronzino, Isabella of Portugal, Christian III of Denmark, Henry II of Navarre, Anne of Bohemia and Hungary, John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, Pier Luigi Farnese, Duke of Parma, Robert Estienne, and Gerolama Orsini. Among people deceased in 1566, Nostradamus ranks 2Before him is Suleiman the Magnificent. After him are Diane de Poitiers, Bartolomé de las Casas, Nikola IV Zrinski, Daniele da Volterra, Louise Labé, Leonhart Fuchs, Antonio de Cabezón, Sigismund von Herberstein, Johannes Agricola, and Lambert Lombard.

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In France

Among people born in France, Nostradamus ranks 16 out of 5,234Before him are Claude Monet (1840), Montesquieu (1689), Jules Verne (1828), Molière (1622), Louis XVI of France (1754), and Honoré de Balzac (1799). After him are Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), John Calvin (1509), Charles de Gaulle (1890), Paul Gauguin (1848), and Paul Cézanne (1839).

Among OCCULTISTS In France

Among occultists born in France, Nostradamus ranks 1After him are Allan Kardec (1804), Éliphas Lévi (1810), Louis Claude de Saint-Martin (1743), Joséphin Péladan (1858), and Stanislas de Guaita (1861).