Michel de Nostredame, Nostradamus was a 16th century physician made famous by his mystifying and eerily accurate prophecies.
The mysterious character Hister not only sounds intriguingly similar to another “proud, wicked man," Hitler, but it is also a homophone of the region of Germany (south of the lower Danube) where Hitler was in fact born (of poor parents, no less). The Misty Knoll is distinctly reminiscent of the mystery surrounding the assassination of President John Kennedy.
Rarely does Nostradamus give a straightforward prediction, so the fact that the famous The King of Terror quatrain gives such an apparently clear-cut date (July, 1999) should in itself have been a clue that the obvious interpretation was not the correct one. In retrospect, it seems that 1999, may instead refer to its inversion, 9/11/1. The apparent reference to July is also misleading. Firstly, the French word sept may be instead a reference to September. Even more likely, though, is that Nostradamus was referring to the Julian calendar used at the time, in which the 7th month is, indeed, September. Also, it is interesting to note that New York City lies between 40˚ and 45˚ north latitude.
Finally, the phrase, “Resusciter le grand Roy d'Angoulmois," is often translated as “He will resurrect the ancient king of the Mongols." Of course, the most renowned ancient king of the Mongols is Genghis Khan. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the capital of his kingdom was eventually located in present day Kabul, the location of the seat of power of the bin Laden's Taliban. An Idiot Heir prophecies a nation ruled by the idiot child of an old leader. It also indicates the woes that his nation will face in war. The Great Famine includes prophecies that seem to describe an environmental catastrophe caused by the warming of the atmosphere and its effect on the oceans. Blood and Substance gives a dark and mysterious look at the future. Rome, in this context, may refer to the Roman Catholic church.