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Hi Jean-Yves,

At 14:21 30/05/2004 +0200, Jean-Yves Artero wrote:
My point is that when you consider V. s heraldry as it appears say in the front cover of his catalogs it ( cat and mouse ) very much looks like a woodcut which is to be found in David Ovason s book which is entitled The Nostradamus code.

According to http://www.heraldica.org/topics/jewish.htm Nostradamus, the famous 16th c. astrologer who settled in France, bore: Gules, a wheel broken between each spoke or. Since the color of the charge was too clear a reminder of the bearer's origins, a descendant had the arms changed to quarterly, 1 and 4 Argent a wheel sable; 2 and 3 Argent an eagle's head erased sable (Mathieu 1946, p. 41).

[ R. Mathieu (1946), "Le Systeme Heraldique Francais" ]

So... it doesn't look as though there is any obvious heraldic connection between WMV and Nostradamus - and Alchabitius/Alcabitius himself (Abd al-Aziz al-Qabisi, died 967) doesn't seem like a prime candidate to have a coat of arms. :-o

However, I'm not familiar with the manuscript you mention & you're never ~quite~ sure of anything with WMV - so might I suggest that you scan that page in from "The Nostradamus Code" and post it on the Web for us to have a look at?

Incidentally, the copious 14-page preface (dedicated to his son Cesar) in Nostradamus' 1555 edition of his "Propheties" would seem like a good place to search for cryptography / steganography - has anyone ever examined this?
http://www.bm-lyon.fr/expo/nostradamus/prophetie2.htm (in French)

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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