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Condition Brand New. Description Mrs Weil challenges two widely accepted views of Marlowe. He is not the poet and dramatist of heroic energy, 'daring God out of heaven' with his outrageous heroes. Nor is he a dogmatic moralist. Instead, he belongs to Merlin's race, as his contemporary Robert Greene suggested. An ironic writer of riddling plays, he does not endorse his characters, but cunningly manipulates our responses to them.
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Mrs Weil challenges two widely accepted views of Marlowe. Like Erasmus or Rabelais, he uses the knowledge of his audience in a variety of surprising ways. Nostradamus: Les plus aisnez seront surprins par mort, Fratricider les deux seront seduicts, Les coniurez en dormans seront morts [1, VI]. The eldest [more than one] shall be surprised by death, To kill the two brothers they shall be seduced, The conspirators [Latin coniuratus, conspirator] in sleeping shall die.
And so we see that the three of the first line were brothers and, presumably, the remaining four to bring the total up to seven were their sisters. Shakespeare: And may ye both be suddenly surpris'd By bloody hands, in sleeping on your beds! In Nostradamus, the conspirators die of natural causes, i. Nostradamus: Du toict cherra sur le grand mal ruyne [1, VI]. Shakespeare: Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinate [2, Son. Innocent in fact [or of the deed] when dead he shall be accused, The guilty one hidden: "taillis" to the "bruyne" where we note that "bruyne" [1, VI] [4, VI] stands in sharp contrast to "bruine" [1, V] [4, V] as seen below: there must be a "y" in the name of the guilty one!
Shakespeare: KING. Wherefore hast thou accus'd him all this while? Because he's guilty , and he is not guilty [2, AWW]. Shakespeare: To slay the innocent?
What is my offence? Where is the evidence that doth accuse me? One shall pass to Memphis somentree. The meaning of somentree is unknown; perhaps it was intended to allude to a place where we find Memphis. Marlowe: Memphis , and Pharos that sweet date- trees yields [5, Ovi. Indeed, the hyphenated spelling date-trees , as opposed to date trees , could be taken as a signal that trees is the ending of a word.
These trees are preceded by so by itself or as an abbreviation for south or southern and men , which are also English words. Here, Ovid's original, quae colis et Memphin palmiferamque Pharon , required only minimal modification to achieve the correlation. Shakespeare gives us "Than Rhodope's of Memphis ever was" [2, 1H6]. Rhodope is the name of a tree-infested mountain in Bulgaria, so perhaps Somentrees really is a place with lots of trees! Nostradamus: Le grand Mercure d' Hercules fleur de lys [1, X].
The great Mercury of Hercules fleur-de-lys. Mercury was the god of commerce, and Hercules represents force, giving the verse the following sense: the great armaments trade shall flourish.
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Marlowe: Besides, there goes a Prophesy abroad, Published by one that was a Friar once, Whose Oracles have many times proved true; And now he says, the time will shortly come, When as a Lyon, roused in the west, Shall carry hence the fluerdeluce of France . Note the allusion to the Pillars of Hercules in the penultimate line as a lion roused in the west.
It combines with the fleur-de-lys in the last line to give us another correlation. This citation is from Edward the Third , a play that was published anonymously and whose authorship was debated among scholars for centuries. Today, Shakespeare is believed to have written parts of it, and Marlowe the passage that we cite see footnote 6. The setting of this passage was France, so abroad in the first line means Britain, not France.
In the second line, Marlowe described Geoffrey of Monmouth as a publisher. Into a corner of the Moon he shall come to render, Where he shall be taken and placed on strange terrain, The immature fruits shall be, by great scandal,.
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Marlowe makes a complex correlation out of it:. Marlowe: And search all corners of the new-found world For pleasant fruits and princely delicates; I'll have them read me strange philosophy [5, Fau. On the immature fruits, Shakespeare writes "Then it will be the earliest fruit i' th' country; for you'll be rotten ere you be half ripe " [2, AYL]. Shakespeare also takes a look at the third line combined with the last line:. The immature fruits shall be, by great scandal, Great vituperation, to the one, great praise. Shakespeare: Oft have I heard his praises in pursuit, But ne'er till now his scandal of retire [2, 3H6].
In Nostradamus, the praise louange is also in pursuit , that is, follows the scandal esclandre of the preceding line, but in all cases the great scandal comes after the new-found Moon! Around the same time, the surviving brother as we saw, his two older brothers were killed runs into some trouble of his own:. The youngest brother slandered by a detractor. The "puis nay" is the after born of male siblings.
Shakespeare: To do in slander. And to behold his sway, I will, as 'twere a brother of your order [2, MM]. Shakespeare reuses this correlation, only changing "slander" from a noun to a verb:.
Shakespeare: your brother incensed me to slander the Lady Hero [2, Ado]. Marlowe employs a word not found in Shakespeare: "An eare, to heare what my detractors say" [5, MP]. Nostradamus: Apres le siege tenu dixsept ans, Cinq changeront en tel reuolu terme: Puis sera l'vn esleu de mesme temps , Qui des Romains ne sera trop conforme [1, V]. After the Holy See held for seventeen years, Five shall change in such revolved term, Then the one shall be elected of same time, Who of the Romans shall not be very conformable.
By of the same time , it is implied that the non-Italian Pope of the last line is the last of the five Popes who follow the Pope that reigned for seventeen years. Marlowe: That doth assume the Papal government Without election and a true consent [5, Fau. Marlowe: POPE. Welcome, Lord Cardinals ; come, sit down. Shakespeare: At all times to your will conformable [2, H8]. After the election of the new Pope, the action moves from Italy to the Middle East:.
The King of Persia by those of Egypt taken. Persia is the old name of Iran. How chance you came not with those other ships That sail'd by Egypt?
Marlowe fails to perceive that taken is used in the sense of accepted and not in the sense of carried , which explains why he ends with a question mark. Nostradamus now takes us from Iran to neighboring Afghanistan:. All jointly move from east to west in twenty-four hours upon the poles of the world; but differ in their motion upon the poles of the zodiac [5, Fau. The French Arie was the old name of Afghanistan but Marlowe sees the Aryans as something in the zodiac! The Bastarnae were a people who occupied Poland and the Ukraine during Roman times.
Note that, contrary to legend, Marlowe originates the great Tamburlaine in Scythia an ancient land covering the Ukraine and parts of Russia. Later, perhaps just a few years later, the newly-elected Pope has transformed himself into a great Pontiff:. From the party of Mammer, great Pontiff, It will subjugate the frontiers of the Danube, To chase the Cross by iron, by hook or by crook, Enticed: gold, bag more than one hundred thousand red things. Variants : les croix, bagues.
The partie can refer to a region or to a political party while the fer can represent any type of weapon made of iron. Nonetheless, Marlowe associates this attack on the great Pontiff represented by the Cross in the third line with the country of Bulgaria since he ends a line with Bulgaria immediately below a line ending with the Danube:.
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Zula, a bay at the southern end of the Red Sea, makes no sense in the given context. More likely than not, Marlowe wishes to allude to the famed city of Zara see below on the Adriatic Sea, on the opposite end of the Balkans from the Danube and fitting the context perfectly. Marlowe: A hundred thousand crowns [5, JM]. Shakespeare: The payment of a hundred thousand crowns; [2, LLL]. Shakespeare views the hundred thousand as a payment [to the Bulgarians? Royal prelate his baissant all shot up, The Anglican reign by reign breathes anew.
This prophecy indicates that the attack on the Pope will occur around the time of an English royal wedding. The meaning of baissant is unknown. Shakespeare likewise is unable to figure out what baissant means:. Shakespeare: I cannot tell vat is baiser en Anglish [2, H5]. It is, however, somewhat mysterious where the Project Gutenberg found these words because the First Folio reads a bit different: "I cannot tell wat is buisse en Anglish," which is preceded by the words "baisee" and "baisant.
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Nostradamus: Long temps mort vif en Tunis comme souche [1, X]. Long time dead alive in Tunis like a stump. The expression dead alive like a stump could refer to someone who became a human vegetable.
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