§ 635.Louis-Napoleon's unheard-of promotion

19th century:
§635. Louis-Napoleon's unheard-of promotion (1848-1870): VIII-53.

In Boulogne he will want to wash his faults,
He shall not be able in the temple of the Sun,
He shall fly in achieving so honorable things.
In hierarchy none shall have been heightened like him.

(Dedans Bolongne vouldra laver ses fautes,
Il ne pourra au temple du soleil,
Il volera faisant choses si haultes
En hierarchie n'en fut oncq un pareil.)

Keys to the reading:
The construction of the verses 1-3 should be: In Boulogne he will want to wash his faults, He shall not be able; in the temple of the Sun, He shall fly in achieving so honorable things;

Bolongne: Boulogne-sur-Mer en France (Torné-Chavigny, 1860, p.80);

His faults: Louis-Napoleon's failing coup d'état in Strasburg in 1836;

The temple of the Sun: France as predicted by the Prophet, temple in its Latin origin templum signifying a demarcated space where the fortuneteller catches a prefiguration (Torné-Chavigny, id., p.13), and the Sun being a symbol of France in its glory (Torné-Chavigny, id., p.81). As to the temple as France, cf. III-6, III-45, VI-1, VI-16(§618), VI-22, VI-65, IX-21(§388) and X-81bis. As to the Sun as French kings, see Discussion below.

The Strasburg Bonapartist plot failed (1836): « The nephew of Napoleon I had been living for some years at the castle of Arenenberg in Switzerland with his mother. The continual risings which took place in France, and the letters of his partisans, made him believe that the time had come for attempting, by means of a military revolution, to replace on the throne the Napoleonic dynasty. He had succeeded in opening communications with the garrison of Strasburg. On the 29th of October, 1836, he arrived at Strasburg. The next day at five o'clock in the morning. Colonel Vaudrey presented him to the fourth artillery regiment. For a few moments he succeeded in arousing the enthusiasm of the soldiers who cried "Long live Napoleon ! Long live the Emperor I " But the 46th line regiment turned a deaf ear to these outcries and remained faithful to their duty. By order of their commanding officer, the infantry surrounded Louis Bonaparte and took him prisoner. Louis Philippe sent him to America.» (HH, XIII, p.70)

Louis-Napoleon's second attempt at a coup d'état in Boulogne (1840): « Louis Philippe left Paris for his castle of Eu, where he had given a rendezvous to MM. Thiers and Guizot for the purpose of discussing Eastern affairs. There he received strange tidings: Louis Napoleon had landed at Boulogne on August 6th, 1840. The latter, since he had transferred his residence to England, had recommenced the same operations as in Switzerland. He believed he could count upon the commander of the departement du Nord, General Magnan, who, later on, was to be one of his chief accomplices on December 2nd. He prepared declamatory proclamations wherein he promised to the soldiers " glory, honour, wealth," and to the people reduction of taxes, order, and liberty. The expedition landed at night at Vimereux, north of Boulogne, and proceeded to that town. The confederates entered the courtyard of the barracks of the 42nd regiment of the line. A lieutenant, who was for Napoleon, had mustered the men and told them that Louis Philippe reigned no longer; then Louis Bonaparte harangued them. Confused, fascinated, they were beginning to shout " Long live the emperor," when there appeared upon the scene a captain, who, breaking through the confederates, and regardless of their threats, summoned the non-commissioned officers and men to his side. Louis Bonaparte fired a pistol at him, but it missed him and wounded a grenadier; the soldiers rallied round their captain. The confederates left the barracks and ascended to the castle, but they were unable to break in the doors. None of the townspeople had joined them. They left the town. The national guard and the line regiment advanced upon them. Louis Bonaparte and a few of his followers fled towards the sea and swam to a yawl, in which they attempted to regain their vessel. The national guards opened fire upon the fugitives; the yawl capsized and a spent bullet struck Louis Bonaparte. Two of his accomplices perished. Louis Bonaparte survived. The pretender was this time arraigned with his accomplices before the court of peers, which condemned him to imprisonment for life (October 6th). He was imprisoned in the castle of Ham.» (HH, XIII, p.73-75)

In the temple of the Sun, He shall fly in achieving so honorable things: E.g., the transformation of the town of Paris by Haussmann (1853f.) (cf. Seignobos, 1921, CVI, p.259-260) and the annexation of Savoy and Nice (1860) (cf. Seignobos, 1921, CVII, p.120).

In hierarchy none shall have been heightened like him: « And as a remarkable thing, the figure has become always bigger since four years ago. In 1848, it was five and a half millions; in 1851, seven and a half millions; in 1852, nearly eight millions. The popularity of the Prince mounted, mounted, mounted ever; and now it attained such an elevated summit that one could hardly believe it accessible to the ambition of anyone. In consideration of the growth of the population, one found yet, all the proportion strictly kept, that Napoleon the Ist himself had not been brought so high by the public favour and recognition.» (Guy, cité Torné-Chavigny, 1860, p.82).

P. Guinard (2011, p.95-96), essentially following Torné-Chavigny, interprets against him the temple of the Sun as the castle of Ham, where Louis-Napoleon was imprisoned. The quatrain IV-65(§634) calls the castle the grand fortress, which cannot be called temple in Nostradamus' vocabulary. For the term temple, 36 times in all in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, is used to signify 1° Christian churches, catholic or protestant (18 times), 2° ancient shrines (4 times), 3° France in the same sense as in this quatrain (10 times), 4° a demarcated space in its original sense (3 times) and 5° the tower of Temple in Paris (once, IX-23,§367), of these only the last in its proper name suggests a prison. Moreover, his interpretation does not fit the context, for he shall not be able to wash his faults in the castle of Ham, but in Boulogne, nor shall he fly in the castle of Ham, but all over France.

And Le Pelletier (I, p.287) advances the temple of the Sun as «the sky of Italy, the Sun being the emblem of Italy, more specifically of Rome, Sun of the Christendom and Universal Metropolis». Certainly this metaphor does not fail in ordinary domains of letters, but to attain the point in question we need more arguments concerning all the uses of the term in the Prophecies of Nostradamus. In fact, of 38 uses of the Sun (Sol, soleil), 13 are for the celetial body, 17 for persons like sovereigns, 4 for gold and money (IV-30, V-32, V-66 and VI-98), twice for Japan (V-11, V-62) and once for France (VIII-53) and once for soil or ground (I-57). And of 17 persons like sovereigns, 10 are Oriental kings (rising Sun), 6 are French kings: Henri II (VI-58,§36), Louis XVI (I-31,§344; III-34,§372; IX-19,§387), Louis XVIII (I-38) and Charles X (IV-84,§596) and once the pope (V-25). Now, the last unique example, namely that of V-25 for the pope is in the occasion of the battle of Lepant in 1571, where France was absent. So, the use of the term Sun for Italy, Rome or a pope is not preferable to France in Nostradamus in general. And as to the quatrain VIII-53, where the option of France is not merely excluded but also recommended by the context, it is reasonable to interpret the term as recommended. In fact, Napoleon III flourishes (fly) first and primarily in France (in the temple of the Sun) as her leader.
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