Michel de Nostredame was born on December 14, 1503 in St. Remi, France.
He was the first son of Jewish parents, forced by the Inquisition to convert Nostradamus to Catholicism. Later, he would become a skilled physician but would gain renown during his lifetime and beyond as a seer of the future.
Around 1534 he married and began a family. Tragically, the plague which he had been so successful in treating previously took the lives of his wife and two children.
After failing to save the lives of his own family, he was accused by the church of being involved with the devil. Nostradamus would have to leave France for the next six years. He would travel throughout Italy at this time.
While walking through a forest, he encountered a group of monks, suddenly he fell to his knees and bowed down in front of one of them. That monk would later become the Pope Sixtus the 5th.
He eventually settled down in the town of Salon, France in 1554 where he married his second wife, Anne Ponsart Gemelle, with whom he raised six children - three boys and three girls.
It was during this time that he began his career as a prophet. In 1555, at the age of 52, he wrote his first collection of Centuries - a set of 100 quatrains. Over the next several years he would complete a total of 10 Centuries.
Nostradamus said, by concentrating his thoughts in a flame, he could see the events throughout the ages.
On July 1, 1566 Nostradamus offered his final prediction to his priest. In response to the priest's farewell of "Until tomorrow," Nostradamus is said to have answered: "You will not find me alive at sunrise."
Nostradamus died that night.