The French Revolution



More than two hundred years before the French Revolution redefined the future of French democracy and power of state, Nostradamus prophesied major changes would take place in the home of his fellow countrymen. The unrest in 18th century France came about due to financial problems that provoked peasants into a period of social upheaval and as Nostradamus predicted the outcry resulted in a bloodbath.

Century 1 Quatrain 14

From the enslaved populace, songs, chants and demands
While princes and lords are held captive in prisons.
These will in the future by headless idiots
Be received as divine prayers.

Before we address the above quatrain, it would be pertinent to give you a brief history lesson of the French Revolution in order for us to determine how accurate Nostradamus was with his prophecy.

For centuries France had been ruled by an absolute monarchy and due to the country´s involvement in The Seven Years War and ultimately their role in the War of American Independence had run up debts that proved to be too bigger a burden for their unstable economic system to sustain. By the end of 1789, food prices had increased so dramatically, the majority of the peasant population could not afford a piece of bread.

When France´s finance minister published a report of the countries incurable debts, albeit incorrectly, he was promptly dismissed by King Louis XVI. Radical left-wing political groups took this as an act against the Assembly and called for open rebellion. Crowds gathered outside the gates of Versailles to protest and brutal riots had broken out on the streets of Paris.

The people wanted to address the old ideas about the tradition of monarchy and overthrow the hierarchy of aristocracy in favour of democracy, equality and enlightenment. New laws such as the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen were drafted, but strongly opposed by the elitist monarchy. After three years of unrest the aristocracy collapsed and its members executed.

Century 1 Quatrain 14

From the enslaved populace, songs, chants and demands
While princes and lords are held captive in prisons.
These will in the future by headless idiots
Be received as divine prayers.

From the brief account of historical events in France we can determine that the “enslaved populace,” Nostradamus refers to are the peasants and the “princes and lords” are the aristocracy the people sought to overthrow. In 1892, King Louis XVI and his loathed wife Marie-Antoinette were publicly executed by the guillotine, thus considered by Nostradamus as “headless idiots.”

The French prophet not only predicted the downfall of the monarchy, but also that the revolution would cause much bloodshed.

Century 2 Quatrain 57

Before the war comes, the great wall will fall,
The King will be executed, his death coming too soon will be lamented.
(The guards) will swim in blood,
Near the River Seine the soil will be bloodied.

On 14th July 1789, the mobs that was running amok in the streets of Paris, stormed the Bastille fortress, a prison that was perceived to be a symbol of royal power. It also contained a large cache of weapons and ammunition the insurgents wanted to get their hands on to battle the authorities. After several hours of fighting with the guards in a bloody battle, the insurgents captured the fortress and decapitated the governor. His head was placed on a spike and paraded around the city.

As we note in the quatrain above, Nostradamus also predicted the fall of the empire would begin with the capturing of the Bastille, which stands on the banks of the River Seine. But what of the second part of the second line, “his death coming too soon will be lamented.”

In 1792, France was confirmed as a Republic, yet within a decade another empire was in place and despite their burdening debts, the country was again at war, this time with Britain in the destructive Napoleonic wars.


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