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§749 The break of the Great War and heavy suffering of the French, the British and the Italians (1914-1918): I-26.

I-26 (§749):

The great shall fall to the ground by a thunderbolt by day,
An evil predicted by a claiming bearer
Following the presage a conflict shall occur by night
Reims, London, Etruscan plague-stricken.

(Le grand du fouldre tumbe d'heure diurne,
Mal & predict par porteur postulaire
Suivant presaige tumbe d'heure nocturne,
Conflit Reins, Londres, Etrusque pestifere.)

NOTES:  « I-26 (1914) Outbreak of the war 1914: As if through a thunderbolt from the sky the nations of Europe were startled by the news of the assassination of the Austrian heir to the throne. The First World War breaks out, it involves France, England and later Italy into its turbulence.» (Centurio, 1953, p.36).

Tumber: = Tomber (to fall); « TOMBER. Souvent tumber au moyen âge et encore dans beaucoup de parlers.
(TOMBER. Frequently tumber in the Middle Ages and yet in many speeches.) » (Bloch & Wartburg).

Le grand du fouldre tumbe d'heure diurne, Mal & predict par porteur postulaire: The construction is to be as follows: Le grand tumbe du fouldre d'heure diurne, & mal predict par porteur postulaire.

The great shall fall to the ground by a thunderbolt by day (Le grand tumbe du fouldre d'heure diurne) = The assassination in Sarajevo = §737, X-63: The death of two herons = 1914 assassination of Archduke of Austria and his wife in Sarajevo; « Francis Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria [The great] (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 [The great shall fall to the ground], with his wife, on a ceremonial visit to Sarajevo [by day], by a Bosnian Serb fanatic [by a thunderbolt], an event that precipitated the First World War.» (Palmer, p.103).

Postulaire
(claiming): From a Latin « postulō demander, réclamer (to assert, to claim).» (Nimmo).

An evil predicted by a claiming bearer
: « La guerre (Mal) déjà prédite (et predict) dans l’ultimatum envoyé (par porteur postulaire) [The war already predicted in the communicated ultimatum] » (Ionescu, 1976, p.383).

Suivant presaige tumbe d'heure nocturne, Conflit Reins, Londres, Etrusque pestifere: The construction is to be as follows: Suivant presaige Conflit tumbe d'heure nocturne, Reins, Londres, Etrusque pestifere.

Following the presage a conflict shall occur by night
: Following the exigent and harsh claim to Serbia by Austria-Hungary dated on 23 July, 1914, a great war shall break out in the dark European atmosphere on 28 July; « 1914 Jul: 23rd, Austro-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia; 24th, Edward Grey [British foreign secretary] proposes four-power mediation of Balkan crisis, but Serbia appeals to Russia; 26th, Austrians mobilise on Russian frontier; 28th, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.» (Williams, 1968, p.446).

Pestifere
: = « pestiféré, ée adj. Plague-stricken.» (Dubois); Pest (peste): This word, as well as the words pestilence, pestilent and pestifere (pestiferous), is figurative, non literal, for most of the expressions indicative of natural phenomena such as " earthquake, rain, tempest, dryness, inundation", etc. are not literal for Nostradamus, but figurative, describing metaphorically wars, revolts, social troubles, collective distress, etc., conditioned principally by human comportments (cf. Introduction §5). In fact, of 38 usages of the words « peste », « pestilence », « pestilent» and « pestifere », 32 are figurative for the warlike and social disasters and menaces, only 5 literal (II-19, II-37, II-46, II-53, II-65) and one for the real seism (VIII-84).

Reins
: = Reims representing France; « Les mots “Conflict Reims” sont suffisants pour mettre ce quatrain parmi ceux concernant la première guerre mondiale (The words ‘Conflict Reims’ are sufficient [for us] to put this quatrain among those concerning the World War I).» (Ionescu, id., p.381).

Londres
: = London representing Britain.

Etrusque
: = Etruscan representing Italian.

France
(Reims), Britain (London), Italy (Etruscan) plague-stricken: = Heavy suffering of the main Allied belligerents of Western Europe in the Great War: « Casualties, 1914-18 (in thousands): British Empire Killed 767 Wounded 2,090; France Killed 1,383 Wouded 2,560; Italy Killed 564 Wouded 1,030.» (Williams, 1968, p.471).
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