The influence of the Nostradamus prophecies on William Shakespeare has been found in all thirty-six plays of his First Folio and in most of his poetry.
This prophecy Merlin shall make, for I live before his time.
(1888PressRelease) December 25, 2015 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - William Shakespeare is arguably the most extensively studied writer in all of history and countless books have been identified as having influenced him. As the 400th anniversary of his death approaches (he died in 1616), is it possible that a new source of inspiration only now comes to light? Yes, according to independent researcher and author Morten St. George: Shakespeare was widely influenced by the prophecies of Nostradamus.
St. George maintains that Shakespeare used the Nostradamus prophecies as a writing prop in all thirty-six plays of the First Folio and in most of his poetry. Specifically, Shakespeare extracted up to five words from a Nostradamus quatrain and then, in their English translation, wrote around those words in close proximity, effectively giving him an unusual technique for producing content. St. George states: "There are too many correlations for this to be any type of coincidence. I have compiled extensive illustrations into a 52-page essay, available to all as a free download in PDF format."
It seems that Shakespeare did not use all 942 prophecies of Nostradamus but only thirty-nine of them, making repeated use of these same thirty-nine prophecies. A second surprising discovery is that the words taken from Nostradamus are also found in the prophecies of Merlin, which were published by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century.
Does this affect the Shakespeare Authorship Debate? St. George admits that he takes an anti-Stratfordian stance in his essay but he points out that the Nostradamus influence remains solid regardless of who wrote the plays.
How is it that St. George was able to find this influence when thousands of literary scholars across the centuries could not? St. George replied that Nostradamus was never a theme of interest to literary scholars, but as an expert on Nostradamus, he was able to see correlations that escaped all others. "I expect my discovery of the Nostradamus influence on Shakespeare to be my tiny contribution to our knowledge of this great writer and I am proud of that."
About Morten St. George
Morten St. George is author of the Nostradamus book Incantation of the Law Against Inept Critics, available from amazon.com either as a paperback or Kindle e-book. Inquiries and feedback on the attached PDF file are welcome: morten ( @ ) mortenstgeorge dot info