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Nostradamus or Michel de Nostredame as probably the most well-known prophet of ancient times.

He was born on 21 December in 1503 in Salon-de-Provence, in France. He died 2 July 1566 aged 62.

He was an author, translator, astrologer, and a consultant. He was known for making many prophecies and for treating the plague. His book ‘Les Propheties’ was a collection of 942 poems predicting future events and was published in 1555.

His family was originally Jewish but had converted to Catholics before he was born. He attended the University of Avignon however he had to leave after a year due to an outbreak of the plague. He worked as an apothecary or as it is known today, like a pharmacy. He then went back to university at the University of Montpellier but was unfortunately expelled when they found out that he worked as an apothecary as this was against the rules.

He married in 1531 but his two children and his wife died in 1534 during a plague outbreak. He married again and had six more children. He also worked as an astrologer for wealthy people. He unfortunately suffered with severe gout towards the end of his life. Some believe that Nostradamus predicted the great fire of London in 1666. Another belief is that he predicted the rise of Adolph Hitler. It is also thought that he predicted the atomic bombs between Hiroshima and Nagasaki which were bombed at the end of World War two. The assassination of John F Kennedy is also one of his predictions.


British Superstitions


Even in our 21st century technological age we are still quite superstitious.

Years ago, many superstitions were connected to food. In Yorkshire they used to believe that the bread would not rise if there were a corpse in the vicinity. And, if you cut off both ends of the bread it would make the Devil fly over your house!

When at a table it was bad luck to have thirteen people of course. 

If the salt was spilt then you had to immediately throw a pinch of salt over your left shoulder into the Devils eyes.

After eating a boiled egg, you had to put the spoon through the bottom of the shell to let the Devil out!

If the cutlery was crossed that you indicate a quarrel that would certainly happen.

If you dropped a knife then you could expect a male visitor, and if you dropped a fork then you could expect a female visitor.

A tablecloth was never left on overnight as that would mean a shroud would soon be needed.

It would be lucky to meet a black cat.

To knock on wood would mean that something would come true.

To find a four-leaf clover would be very lucky.

If you put money in the pocket of new clothes it was believed that it would bring you good luck.

If you broke a mirror then you would have bad luck for seven years, this superstition arises from the past when it was believed that mirrors were the tools of the Gods.

If a sparrow flew into a house, it was thought that someone in that house would die. If someone caught a sparrow then it would have to be put to death immediately or the person who caught it would die.

If you saw or heard bats, it was considered very unlucky, as bats were thought to be associated to witches.