Once, while passing through Italy, Nostradamus bowed before a young
Franciscan monk, addressing him as "His Holiness." Others around him
did understand his strange behavior and the reasons as to why someone
would call a mere monk by such a title. However, years later, and after
Nostradamus' death, that monk became Pope Sixtus V. This was just
one of the hundreds of prophecies, or visions of the future, that the
fifteenth-century prophet made during his lifetime.
Nostradamus, born in the year of 1503 in France, spent his childhood
under the guidance of his two grandfathers. After going to the
University of Montpelier for three years, he received a bachelor's degree in
the study of medicine. Around this time, there was an outbreak of the
plague in various parts of France, and he quickly earned a good reputation
with the use of his medicine. However, Nostradamus' "medicines" were not
ordinary, as they consisted ...