Was the history of the French nation predicted centuries in advance?
Did this "Little Red Man" help Napoleon become Emperor?
Legend has it that at the start of the Enlightenment, In 1542, a Frenchman named Philippe Dieudonne Noel Olivarius—who was a doctor, a surgeon, and an astrologer—wrote Livres de Prophéties (The Books of Prophecies). The prophecies were supposedly found in a Benedictine monastery in 1793, in the clean-up after the French Revolution. Livres de Prophétieswere discovered in a single bound volume along with other occult works, and they were said to map the destiny of the French nation. The prophecies became known as the “Olivar Prophecy.”
Interestingly, the occultist Guillaume Postel had visited the French King, Francois I, in 1544—around the same time that the Olivar Prophecy was supposedly written. Postel warned Francois I to prepare for a universal restoration: a French Empire would soon be established upon the earth. Though this Empire was still almost three centuries away, Postel’s prophecy to the King seemed to anticipate it. When Francois I took official action that ignored Postel’s advice, the King died several days later. The following year the Massacre of Merindol, in which hundreds or even thousands of people were slain by Papal soldiers, marked the beginning of insoluble rifts between Catholics and Protestants. The new world order that was coming was to be born with a huge amount of blood.
New World Order: The Rights of Man, 1796
Could the author of the Olivar Prophecy and Postel have had some connection? Might they even have been the same person? In particular, the Olivar Prophecy accurately matches major events in the life of the Emperor Napoleon. When Napoleon heard about it, he ordered the book be found and brought to him. He is said to have treasured it, and convenient to this romantic story, the original has not been seen since. However, the mystery of Olivarius is not so easily dismissed. Napoleon is known to have talked to others about the prophecy during his lifetime, and a copy of it was printed in 1815, the year of Waterloo. The Olivar Prophecy is also attached to the story of “The Little Red Man,” an apparition said to have haunted French history for hundreds of years.
Napoleon ordering fires in Moscow
The Little Red Man was a dwarf-like creature dressed completely in scarlet. He is said to have appeared at critical points in French history before decisive, bloody events. The story of The Little Red Man is well established, mentioned in scores of books, official records, and even Napoleon’s diaries. The first to be confronted by the apparition was Catherine de’ Medici in 1564.
Catherine de Medici
Catherine de’ Medici had married a French King and now her son was on the throne. When The Little Red Man appeared to her, she interpreted his visit as a bad omen. Catherine was caught up in court intrigue at the time, and had just got involved in a plot to kill a prominent Protestant. When the assassination attempt actually took place in 1572, it sparked a holy war. Catherine probably induced her son, King Charles IX, to initiate the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. The massacre lasted almost a week, and persisted even after a royal decree that it should cease. After that it spread to the provinces . Thousands were killed in the city alone. Catherine’s son Charles was haunted by the bloodshed and went into physical and mental decline. He was replaced by Catherine’s other son, Henry III of France, who was stabbed to death by a fanatical monk.
Madness engulfs France: Religious difference = Slaughter
After the religious civil wars ended, the French hoped for lasting peace, but The Little Red Man appeared once again. This time it was to the next King, Henry IV—just before he in turn was assassinated, in 1610, by another fanatic. After that, The Little Red Man would not be seen for more than 150 years. He is said to have appeared again in the bed of Louis XVI—frightening the royal chambermaids—while the King was busy trying to escape the revolutionaries. Louis XVI didn’t escape, of course, and The Little Red Man was reportedly seen again by guards at the prison where he and Marie Antoinette were held whilst awaiting the guillotine. Most significant, however, is The Little Red Man’s relationship with Napoleon.
Marie Antoinette's execution, 16/10/1793
The Little Red Man first appeared to Napoleon in 1798 during the conqueror’s Egyptian campaign. The entity made a deal with the General. Napoleon would enjoy victory in war for a decade if he accepted The Little Red Man’s counsel. The Little Red Man claimed he had successfully advised previous French rulers, and that he had already been at Napoleon’s side since his schooldays. He warned Napoleon that the French navy had not obeyed his orders and that the Egyptian campaign, despite its glorious beginning, would not succeed. When Napoleon returned to Europe he would be surrounded by the allied forces of Britain, Russia, and Turkey.
Napoleon before the Sphinx
As The Little Red Man is said to have predicted, the Egyptian campaign did fail. After ten otherwise successful years on the battlefields of Europe, Napoleon stationed himself at Schonbrunn in 1809. The apparition came to him again. The ten-year deal was up, but Napoleon asked for another five years of guaranteed victories. The Little Red Man agreed, but warned Napoleon not to attempt any campaign on Russian soil. When Napoleon ignored this advice, he suffered massive losses to his army and reputation and won nothing. His disastrous Russian campaign is said by many to have been the root cause of the Emperor’s decline. The Little Red Man was to make one final appearance.
Napoleon retreating from disaster in Russia
On New Years Day 1819, shortly before the end of Napoleon’s “100 days” reign, the Counsellor of State, Molé, was confronted by The Little Red Man. The Little Red Man demanded to see the Emperor urgently. Molé had been ordered not to disturb the Emperor, but when he passed on the message, Napoleon told him to send The Little Red Man in immediately. Napoleon supposedly beseeched the apparition for more time, but now The Little Red Man would grant him only three weeks to achieve a general peace accord. If Napoleon didn’t comply, that would be the end of him. Instead of listening to the advice, the Emperor tried to launch a new military campaign against coalition forces to the east. He was finally defeated at Waterloo, and forced to abdicate.
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That was the end of Napoleon, but not quite the end of The Little Red Man. He was last seen in 1824, when Louis XVIII lay dying at Tuileries Palace. Louis XVIII (originally the Compte de Provence) had fled the country at the time of the Revolution, and had acted as regent for his imprisoned young nephew, Louis XVII, after the executions of Loius XVI and Marie Antoinette. Upon his nephew’s death he declared himself King Louis XVIII, but had remained abroad until Napoleon’s abdication and exile to Elba. Napoleon returned and resumed power, but after the “100 days” reign, Louis XVIII had been reinstalled as King. The second French Revolution (the “July Revolution”), in which many were killed, came six years after The Little Red Man’s last visitation and Louis XVIII’s death.
Copyright HTR Williams October 2015