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Looks at the 16th century - the golden age of prophecy and it's most famous prophet Michel de Nostredame or 'Nostradamus'. Nostradamus was first known for his work with plague victims - demanding his patients stick to a regime of hygiene (clean bedding, washing) good diet and exercise - concepts not common in the culture at the time (patients were often bled for example).
In the 20th and 21st centuries Nostradamus is of course known as a seer and the programme looks at his work and the claims made on it's behalf. Written in a cryptic form, the work seems to produce all sorts of interpretation. The oft quoted prediction about the the rise of Hitler is untrue - in fact this was Nazi proaganda designed to prove they were on the historical ascent and were 'meant to be'. The word he actually used was 'Hister' which is the classical name of the Lower Danube.
(it provides a fairly objective perspective overall, but mostly it is the cinematography and production for this programme that make it a pleasure to watch, IMHO).
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