Nostradamus and rose beads
- Hi! [waves] Checking in from the frozen north...
About a year and some ago, there was a discussion on the list about
period recipes for rose-petal beads for rosaries and paternosters, and
Nostradamus was quoted as a source:
> The Elixirs of Nostradamus Edited by Knut Boeserand subsequently appeared in Augsburg in 1572, in a
> Bell Wakefield, Rhode Island and London 1996
> The two books by Nostradamus that make up this
> edition were originally published in French in 1552,
> translation by Dr Hieremias Martius. Only a very fewI've been fussing with this recipe, among a few others, and
> copies are still in existence. The original is in
> the Austrian National Library in Vienna.
> Page 30
> How to make an aromatic long-lasting paste, which is
> easy and suitable for forming musk beads and
> paternoster beads. to all aromatic mixtures are
> added roses which are the best things for imparting
> scent.[Recipe follows in the book].
unfortunately it definitely does *not* make a paste that can be used
to form beads of any kind. What I have managed to create is a bottle
of a very concentrated, strongly scented rose *oil*, which is then
referenced as a scent carrier in his next recipe for a pomander.
This doesn't prove or disprove anything, of course, since the very
fact that Nostradamus references "musk beads" and "paternoster beads"
in the preamble is a start. I've yet to find another in-period recipe
for beads or pomanders, however, that involves more of a rose than
just the scented oil.
I'm giving the 1680s one a whirl now - I'll let you know how it turns
Joane, playing with flowers.