§737 Before and after the Great War in the Balkans (1889-1919): X-63.

X-63 (§737):

Cydonia, Ragusa, the city of saint Jerome,
The medical help shall remake green,
Death of a son of a king by the death of two herons,
The Arabe Hungary shall make common cause.

(Cydron, Raguse, la cité au saint Hieron,
Reverdira le medicant secours,
Mort filz de roy par mort de deux heron,
L'Arabe Ongrie feront un mesme cours.

NOTES: J. Guernon (2000, p.156-157), being not fully convinced of himself, gives us the theme of the quatrain as the events that started the First World War. We will develop it in full scope.

Cydron: An anagrammatic enigma of Cydon = Cydonia (modern Canea): « Kυδωνία (Kydōnia), Cydonia, city of the northern coast of Crete.» (Pillon). The word Cydron itself seems to refer to the Greek κυδρόν (kūdron, glorious, renowned) (cf. Liddell & Scott).

Raguse: « Ragusa. See Dubrovnik.», « Dubrovnik. Town and port, southern Croatia.» (as of 1997) (Room); « RAGUSE, cercle of the Austrian States, Dalmatia, isolated from the rest of this State, between European Turkey to the North and to the East, and the Adriatic. Capital, Raguse.» [as of 1863] (Bescherelle).

The city of saint Jerome
: = Stridon = « STRIDONIA, anc. geog.; city of Upper Pannonia, upon the river of Mura. Home country of saint Jerome.» (Bescherelle). The conditions of ‘Upper Pannonia, upon the river of Mura’ designate the area of the city of Stridon as in eastern Slovenia or in northern Croatia (cf. Duby, p.201, Chart C. Formation of Yugoslavia. The Mura is running parallel with the Drava (Drave) north of it to join it.)

Reverdir: = « Rendre vert de nouveau.» (Petit Robert).

Medicant: = Healing, curing, from the Latin « medeor, to heal, cure.» (Smith-Lockwood); « Medicatif. Portant remède (Bringing a remedy).» (Huguet)

Cydonia, Ragusa, the city of saint Jerome, The medical help shall remake green: = The medical help shall remake Cydonia, Ragusa, the city of saint Jerome green: The Powers of the Triple Entente (Britain, France and Russia) shall help the Balkans stand on their own feet liberated from the foreign occupation:

1° Crete [Cydonia] is refreshed by the unification with Greece in 1908 after having been autonomous in 1898, which finishes her liberation from the long Turkish occupation, the independence of Greece itself from the Turkish rule in 1830 having been effected with their military aid: « ... the Great Powers intervened to establish a Greek Kingdom [The medical help shall remake ... green]...» (Palmer, p.119); « 1830 Feb: 3rd, at London Conference, Greece is declared independent under the protection of France, Russia and Britain.» (Williams, 1968, p.162); « An uprising on Crete failed (1866). After the acquisition of Thessaly (1881), Macedonia became the object of dispute between Greece and Bulgaria. A 2nd uprising on Crete led to the 1897 Greco-Turkish War with Greek defeats in Thessaly. Nevertheless, Crete gained political autonomy under Turkish sovereignty because of the interference of the great powers [The medical help shall remake Cydron green]. The leader of Enosis, Venizelos (1864-1936), proclaimed the annexation of Crete in 1905. 1908 Formal union of Crete and Greece.» (
PenguinAtlas 2, p.81).

2° « Croatia [Ragusa], region of Yugoslavia, capital Zagreb (formerly called Agram). Although there was an independent Croatia in the tenth century, from 1102 to 1918 Croatia was joined to Hungary. In 1917 Croatian exiles signed with the Serbian Government the ‘Pact of Corfu’ providing for the establishment of a Yugoslav State after the war.» (Palmer, p.74).

3° Slovenia [the city of saint Jerome = Stridon]: « Yugoslavia. A movement for the union of the South Slav peoples, known originally as ‘Illyrianism’, began early in the nineteenth century but it was not until the First World War that a South Slav State (a ‘Yugoslavia’) became possible with the prospect of detaching Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina from Austria-Hungary and uniting them with Serbia and Montenegro. The Pact of Corfu, an agreement on the formation of a unitary kingdom under the Serbian dynasty, was signed on July 20th, 1917, and the ‘Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes’ came into being officially on December 4th, 1918. King Alexander formally changed the name of the Kingdom to ‘Yugoslavia’ on October 3rd, 1929.» (Palmer, p.310).

4° « Bosnia-Herzegovina. Bosnia-Herzegovina was occupied by the Turks in the fifteenth century and, even today [in 1962], contains the largest group of Moslems in Europe outside Turkey. In the 1870s the provinces were moved by enthusiasm for union with their Serbian compatriots; in 1875 there was a serious uprising which was suppressed by the Turks with customary cruelty. At the Congress of Berlin of 1878 Austria-Hungary was given the right to occupy the provinces, although they remained part of the Turkish Empire. The Austrians developed Bosnia considerably, treating the provinces as if they were colonial possessions and reducing Turkish authority to a mere formality. The Young Turk movement made the Austrians fear that their control would be challenged, and in consequence they formally annexed the provinces in October 1908. The annexation precipitated the Bosnian Crisis since it was particularly resented by the Russians, who wanted compensation for increased Austrian power by concessions over the Straits. Although the menacing attitude of Austria’s ally, Germany, forced Russia to accept the annexation (March 1909), it left much international bitterness. Moreover, the Serbs living in Bosnia began a terrorist agitation against Austrian rule which culminated in the 1914 assassination in Sarajevo and so led to war. Between the wars the provinces formed part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.» (Palmer, p.36-37).

A king: = « Francis Joseph, Emperor of Austria (born 1830, reigned 1848-1916), succeeded to the throne on the abdication of his uncle, Ferdinand, during the revolution of 1848, crowned King of Hungary in 1867. Francis Joseph once described himself as ‘the last monarch of the old school’... his personal tragedy... His brother Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, was executed (1867); his son Rudolf committed suicide at Mayerling (1889); his wife Elisabth was murdered by an anarchist at Geneva (1898); his nephew was assassinated at Sarajevo (1914). He reigned in full sovereignty for a longer period than any other European monarch and was succeeded by his great-nephew, Charles.» (Palmer, p.103-104).

Death of a son of a king
: «  Francis Joseph, Emperor of Austria... his son Rudolf committed suicide at Mayerling (1889).» (Palmer, p.104).

Heron [Héron]: « m. Z
OOL. Heron, hern.» (Dubois); « heron n. a large, long-legged bird that lives in marshy places. It lives on fish, frogs and insects.» (Dubois). Deux heron: = deux hérons (two herons), Nostradamus sometimes employing a singular form for a plural in favour of poetic simplicity with expressive essence: e.g., sept. fum extaint au canon des borneaux for sept. fums extaints aux canons des borneaux (§552, IX-14); bruit des cymbres, tubes & sonnaillons rendront... for bruits des cymbres, tubes & sonnaillons rendront... (§560, II-44); oyseaux dechassé,.. enemis repoulsé for oyseaux dechassés,.. enemis repoulsés (§567, II-23).

The expression ‘two herons’ is an Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol of ‘a burning anger of a man when he is injured by malice’ according to Orus Apollo compiled by Nostradamus in c.1545 (cf. Benazra, 1990, p.1-2; Dufresne, 1995, p.334; Clébert, 2003, p.1126; Guinard, 2015, p.58-59). This term in the quatrain connotes

1° the rage of a Bosnian Serb fanatic against the Austrian imperialistic annexation of the mainly Slavic provinces of Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1908,
2° that of the Austrian government against the terrorism, and perhaps
3° that of Archduke Ferdinand on bad terms with the Emperor and his antiquated régime because of his morganatical marriage.

The death of two herons: = 1914 assassination of Archduke of Austria and his wife in Sarajevo; « Francis Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria (1863-1914); nephew of Francis Joseph and heir to the Austrian throne from 1889. Francis Ferdinand was a man of strong character. In 1900 he morganatically married the Countess Sophie Chotek (a Czech); the insults and affronts to which his wife was exposed by the petty restrictions of antiquated etiquette made Francis Ferdinand hostile to the régime and he became on bad terms with his uncle, the Emperor. Speculation on the extent to which Francis Ferdinand would have been a reforming monarch is, however, vain; on June 28th, 1914, he was assassinated, with his wife, on a ceremonial visit to Sarajevo, by a Bosnian Serb fanatic, an event that precipitated the First World War.» (Palmer, p.103).

By the death of two herons, The Arabe Hungary shall make common cause:
The Serbian assassination of the Prince of Austria unlatched the Austrian declaration of war upon Serbia that led to the First World War on a large scale fought between the Allies (Britain, France, Russia and Serbia) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria). Turkey [The Arabe] joined the latter: « Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28th, 1914; Russia mobilized along the German and Austrian frontiers on July 29th; Germany declared war on Russia on August 1st and on France on August 3rd, invading Belgium on the same day. Germany and Austria-Hungary were joined by Turkey (November 1914) and Bulgaria (October 1915). The original Allies were supported by eighteen other states, the most important being Japan (August 1914), Italy (May 1915) and the U.S.A. (April 1917).» (Palmer, p.306).

As to the first hemistich of the quatrain, Fontbrune (1999, p.130-131), understanding the verb reverdir in its ancient sense of maltraiter (to maltreat, to ill-treat), gives the following interpretation without any comment on the text “la cité au saint Hieron”: « Crete (Cydonia) and Dubrovnik (Raguse) will maltreat the humanitarian aid (Doctors of the World, Doctors Without Borders, etc.)». But, the verb ‘reverdira’, being the singular of the third person, should suppose ‘the medical help’ as its subject. Then, his interpretation leads to the reverse of his hope: ‘The humanitarian aid (Doctors of the World, Doctors Without Borders, etc.) will maltreat Crete and Dubrovnik.’ 
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Koji Nihei Daijyo

Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 219 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§949).

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