Here is Mr. Fortin's analysis of the Nostradamus quatrain XII 52. It represents his opinions only, however he has a much better understanding of the cultural and linguistic background of Nostradamus than I do.--jbh
1.Deux corps, vn chef. champs diuiez en deux
2.Et puis repondre à quatre non ouys.
3.Petis pour Grands. à Pertuis mal pour eux.
4.Tour D'Aigues foudre. pire pour Enouis.
1. "Deux corps" is two armies as in "corps d'armée" (army corp). "vn chef" (one chief, leader). "champs diuiez en deux", fields divided in two. In the medieval period, some fields were divided by stone walls to delimitate kingdoms. It could be a vision of these two armies advancing on fields seperated by such wall or a natural element (river, cliff etc..).
2. "Et puis repondre à quatre non ouys" (And then respond to four non heard). Four "non ouys" could be four semaphores or flag signs. Messages seen from a distance but unheard. Interpretation : "Then responding to four signals"
3. "Petis pour Grands, à Pertuis mal pour eux". Petis pour Grands (Smalls for Talls) could be as simple as Children and Adults ("Les petits et les grands" is a common expression in french). Pertuis* is an old town 6 km south of Tour D'Aigues. "Mal" is used as misfortune, grief, pain (not evil). Interpretation : Children and Adults , in Pertuis grief for them.
4. "Tour D'Aigues foudre". Tour D'Aigues is the 16th century castle as mentioned ealier."Foudre" (thunder) in french can be used in a figurative sens (in english as well) for retaliation or being attacked. As in "S'attirer les foudres de l'ennemis" (to provoque the ennemy's thunder). Enouis in "Pire pour Enouis" would be Ansouis* (pronounced the same), another medieval castle 7 km east of Tour D'Aigues. Interpretation : Tour D'Aigues attacked, worst for Ansouis.
Two armies, one leader, advancing on divided fields
Then responding to four signals
Children and Adults , in Pertuis grief for them
Tour D'Aigues attacked, worst for Ansouis
My conclusion: This quatrain is about an invasion by an unidentified party in a specific area in Provence, France. It doesn't seem that this prophecy occured and it haven't been retained by Nostradamus exegetists in previous studies. Needless to say, nothing sounds familiar with 09/11/01.
- Daniel Fortin
*See images above