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the Danube. So perhaps, taken as a whole,
there is something there.
In recent years, the new millennium and
World Trade Center attack have caused a
major re-examination and interest in
Nostradamus’ work. Perhaps the most
memorable figure mentioned in verses said to
relate to our own time is that of ‘Mabus’ or
‘Maddas’. This person is said to be – if I can
be similarly non-committal – the next ‘great
evil’. In the 1990s, many Nostradamus
readers claimed he was definitely called
‘Maddas’, which just happens to be ‘Saddam’
spelt backwards, so it was clear where the
finger was pointing. However, after 11th
September 2001, the spelling became
something closer to Mabus which is an
anagram of Usam B. As I write this,
enthusiasts interpreting his works are in
something of a state of flux, and are not quite
sure which Middle Eastern villain is the one
predicted.

After the World Trade Center attack, a great
flood of false Nostradamus verses appeared
throughout the information networks. This
confused many people, and increased
scepticism about his work among the not-
so–credulous. That is something of a shame,
particularly as there are good arguments to
suggest he predicted the death of John F.
Kennedy, the fall of Communism, the French
Revolution and the Challenger Space Shuttle
disaster. But the unconvinced will always
refer to the vague language, absence of
definite dates, and benefit of back
cataloguing events as areas of doubt. If
anybody is interested, he predicts the end of
the world in 3797.
Certainly, people of his own period
believed in his powers, medical and
otherwise. The Queen of France, Catherine
de Medici asked him to plot the horoscope of

her husband King Henry II, and in 1564 he
was appointed court physician to King
Charles IX of France. His final prediction
came true on 2nd July 1556. The day before,
as he left a meeting with his priest, the
clergyman is believed to have said ‘Until
tomorrow,’ to which Nostradamus replied,
‘You will not find me alive at sunrise.’ Sure
enough, by the morning he was dead. It is
said that his body is buried with a script
which translates his prophecies into more
defined predictions. Perhaps this could
finally put to rest the debate about just how
good a seer Nostradamus really was.

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Nostradamus

At work in his study, Nostradamus stops to ponder the
meaning of it all.

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THEMYSTICALFIGUREknown as the

Queen of Sheba is recorded in the
First Book of Kings in the Old
Testament. It states that around the tenth
century BCa queen of the rich trading nation
known as Sheba decided to meet the great
King Solomon in person. She did not believe
the stories she had been told of Solomon’s
wisdom, and brought many hard questions
to test him. When his replies met with her
approval she gave him plentiful gifts of gold,
spices and precious stones. In return,
Solomon gave the queen ‘all her desire’, and
after their meeting she returned to her own
country. The story is repeated in the second
Book of Chronicles, and even Christ himself
spoke of a queen of the south who came to
hear the wisdom of Solomon. Other than
this, precious few pieces of historical
evidence have survived, but that has not
stopped the growth of countless myths and
stories. So who was the real Queen of Sheba?
Perhaps the most famous and important
extension of her story is that connected with
Ethiopia. In 1320 an Ethiopian monk named
Yetshak wrote a compendium of legends
called Kebra Negastor ‘Glory of the Kings’.
In it, he said that when the Queen of
Sheba, referred to in Ethiopian as Makeda,
visited Solomon, she was seduced by the
great king. Solomon had said that the queen
was welcome to his hospitality, but must not
take anything without asking. During the
night, the Queen suffered a terrible thirst
caused by a spicy meal Solomon fed her and
she drank the water placed by her bed. The
king said she had broken the rules, and must
sleep with him as repayment. Nine months
later she gave birth to a boy called Menelik.

Ethiopians believe that the Queen and her
son both accepted the Jewish faith, and that
Menelik founded the Solomon Jewish, and
then Christian, dynasty in Aksum, Ethiopia.
At around the same time as Yetshak was
compiling his tome, other legends were
forming in Europe. A thirteenth century
story told in the Legenda Aurea stated that

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Puzzling People & Enigmatic Entities

The Queen of Sheba.

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