Last updated on February 13th, 2021

Nostradamus: The Prophet of Orval

By Tracy R. Twyman

Besides the known members of the Priory of Sion, there were many others who throughout the generations lent their hands in assistance to their cause. According to the Priory of Sion documents, as well as the author Gerard de Sede, this included the famous prophet Nostradamus, astrologer to the French court, and an advisor to Catherine de Medici (the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots). He most certainly would have been in a position to: (a) pass along sensitive information to the Priory that he may have been told or overheard, and in particular (b) provide the French court with faulty astrological advice and predictions that would have worked to the conspirators’ advantage. In fact, Nostradamus’ famous quatrains may not even have been prophecies, but instead secret messages for the Priory of Sion, descriptions of past events, or plans for future machinations pertaining to their conspiratorial plot. As Holy Blood, Holy Grail puts it:

“…there is no question that some of Nostradamus’ prophecies were not prophecies but referred, quite explicitly, to the past – to the Knights Templar, the Merovingian dynasty, the history of the house of Lorraine. A striking number of them refer to Razès – the old comté of Rennes-le-Chateau. And the numerous quatrains that refer to the advent of ‘le Grand Monarch’… indicate that this sovereign will derive ultimately from the Languedoc.”

Nostradamus seems to have been admitting that there was more than met the eye in regards to his gift of prophecy when he described it as, “An emotional tendency inherited from a line of ancestors.” Perhaps his ancestors and the ancestors of the Merovingians were one and the same.

Gerard de Sede had a number of details to add regarding Nostradamus’ relationship with the Grail families and the Priory of Sion. He says that before Nostradamus became famous as a prophet, he spent a great deal of time in the Lorraine region, and that this was a sort of probationary period, following which he was initiated into the Priory’s secrets. As the story goes, he was shown a very secret, very ancient book, which provided the basis for his subsequent “prophecies.” This book was shown to him at the Abbey of Orval, which had been donated by Godfroi de Bouillon’s foster mother, and which, according to Holy Blood, Holy Grail, was the birthplace of the Priory of Sion. Up until the period of the French Revolution, books of prophecies attributed to Nostradamus continued to issue from Orval.