Nicolas Flamel The Immortal Alchemist

Go anywhere in France today and you will find that many people will know the name Nicholas Flamel.

His name has been immortalized in books and films. He even gets a mention in Harry Potter.

For many people around the world he is just a myth or legend.

But the truth is stranger than fiction. Nicholas Flamel is one of the most mysterious and legendary Alchemists in the World. Like many other Alchemists he started out being relatively unknown.


And in fact for nearly two hundred years after his death the life of Nicholas Flamel was purely speculative until texts and old parchments appeared.

Then his amazing life started to attract the interest of the local population, which in turn began to appeal to others farther afield.

The Alchemists.
The Alchemists. | Source

So who Was Nicholas Flamel?

Nicholas Flamel was born in 1330 and lived and worked in Paris.

He was well known as a scrivener, which is another word for a scribe or writer. He also sold manuscripts too.

This was a lucrative business back then as the printing press as we know it was not invented in Europe until approx 1436 by Gutenberg in Germany.


So someone like Nicholas Flamel would have made a good living at reading, writing, and selling manuscripts and religious papers to the local population.


But after his death in 1418, rumors were started saying that he was in fact an Alchemist who had been experimenting with the science of turning base metal into gold.

But there were also whispers of Nicholas finding and using the 'The Elixir of life' and the Holy Grail. In other words, The Philosophers Stone.

Not only turning base metal into Gold, but producing a serum which would cure all ills and make him Immortal.

In other words people believed that his death had been a ruse, and he was in fact still living somewhere else in secret, because he had become Immortal.

His life was actually one of the best documented of all the Alchemists. He ran two shops with his wife Perenelle and this is where he did his writing and selling of his work.

They were pretty rich by the standards of the day, which is probably why the rumors started in the first place.

Perenelle had already married, then buried two husbands, and their joint wealth was given over to her.

Therefore this extra money helped Nicholas with his experiments and also gave them the money to fund several properties too.

Nicholas lived well into his eighties and in fact designed his own tombstone, which can still be seen at the Musee du Cluny in Paris.

Later his Will showed that he had a generous amount of money but not so much that could be said of someone who had changed metal into gold!

Of course the people who believed that he was in fact immortal think the burial stone is fake, and Nicolas moved somewhere else to conceal his identity.





The House of Nicolas Flamel.

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Through the Window.

Now its a restaurant. Nicolas Flamels House.
Now its a restaurant. Nicolas Flamels House. | Source
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The House Of Nicolas Flamel

One of his houses is still there. Sitting in a small side road in Paris. Most people don't even notice the name above the door, but the locals still talk about him today.

51 Rue de Montmorency is the oldest stone house in the whole city. The inscription on the wall quotes:

We ploughmen and women living

at the porch of this house which was built in 1407, are requested to say every day,

Our Father and an Ave Maria,

praying God that His grace forgive poor

and dead sinners'

These days the downstairs of the house is a restaurant.

There is a road named after him in Paris, you can find it near the Louvre Museum, aptly named the Rue Nicolas Flamel.

The infamous Book!
The infamous Book! | Source

So What Made Him So Famous?

Like the legend of Robin Hood and King Arthur, the story of Nicolas was in fact added too and exaggerated much later in the 17th Century.


The works, published in 1612 and called Livre des figures hiéroglyphiques.are said to be the lost writing of Nicolas Flamel, and talk about how he achieved the impossible.

But its also where it gets slightly strange, because nobody really knows who wrote them or where they came from.

The actual books show designs of something called a tympanum, which in modern language means a lintel above a door, or in this case a lintel with sculptures and images carved into the surface.

The work was commissioned by an unknown source that had disappeared many years before, hence the reason why they believe it was Nicolas's work.

But the most controversial of all, has to be the works that appeared, concerning Nicolas and the secret Alchemy taught to him by a Jewish convert to Christianity, while on the road.


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The Book

In the introduction to Livre des figures hiéroglyphiques Flamels search and study to find the Philosophers is described in detail.

But then the mystery develops even more.

According to the introduction, Flamel has dedicated his life's work to a mystical 21 page book that he had purchased.Evidently in 1378 Nicolas traveled to Spain to get help with some translation.

When he was returning to Paris he met a Sage or teacher who told him that the book was part of an ancient text or more likely a copy of the original Book of Abramelin The Mage.

It was this book, the knowledge stored in its pages that gave Nicolas all he needed to learn how to make the Philosophers stone. Or Gold. And of course the secrets of immortality.

Hence The Legend Begins

In 1761 over a hundred years later and after many whispers and talk of the mysteries of Nicolas Flamel, a man named Etienne Villain claimed the whole thing was a fake and made up by someone called P. Arnauld de la Chevalerie, Who was said to have written under the name of Eiranaeus Orandus.


But of course by this time the legend had taken hold, and many people scoffed at the allegations of Etienne Villain claiming that Nicolas Flamel had indeed been made immortal, and more to the point he had been seen many times over the centuries by writers and artists!

In fact there is one story that claims someone opened his grave and it was empty! Therefore starting off the rumors that he was in fact immortal.

Strangely enough even as late as the 19th century people claimed to have seen him walking around various parts of France.

Even the most famous of Alchemists, or should I say Scientist Sir. Isaac Newton, wrote about Nicolas Flamel in his Journals the Caduceus, the Dragons of Flammel!

Like many nouveau scientists, Alchemy was surrounded by mystery and a great deal of fear.

So, the legend of Nicolas Flamel was born. And is still going strong today.

The Dark Secrets Of Sir Isaac Newton And Alchemy

The Alchemists And Science.

Alchemy was a strange and mysterious secret back in the Middle Ages. Men hiding behind closed doors mixing strange concoctions seem the stuff of legends.

But of course they are not. These men, many who we know today as the great Scientists did in fact practice Alchemy. Today we call it Science.


By mixing various chemicals together to try to find the illusive Philosophers Stone these scientists discovered so many other amazing scientific finds.

In fact if we think about it,these men, call them alchemists or scientists, actually found many things we use today.

New alloys, acids and color pigments, even finding out about atoms which then took many centuries for us to prove!

All the chemicals in the Periodic Table were found by these original scientists or Alchemists who were striving for two things. Gold and immortality.

And the most famous of the Alchemists?

Sir Isaac Newton.



The Real Sir Isaac Newton.

Fascinating Short Docu Drama.

The video is a fascinating look into the real Sir Isaac Newton. Well worth watching as it shows his decline into madness, his frantic search for the philosophers stone and his reawakening into real science.

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Newton at 46 years of age.

The Young Newton
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Sir Isaac Newton The Secret Alchemist.

Newton was fascinated by the 'occult'. And was said to be the 'Last of the Magicians' and not the originator of Science.

He was interested in all the sciences, from natural to material. He was also fascinated by the Temple of Solomon. The writings which were the most magical and mysterious of his time.

He studied the dimensions of the the Temple and believed all knowledge was somehow hidden within the Temple.

And this is what he believed produced the chemical compound that would give him the Philosophers Stone.

Newton is only really known as a great Scientist, but his main body of work took him deep into the realm of the occult. Studying Atlantis, Predictions, the end of the world and Secret Societies.

At the time of his death he had become the scientist we know today. And his legend lives on. Time has changed the memory of Sir Isaac Newton from a secretive alchemist who was slightly unstable to a great man who helped change the world of science.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

That young Newton wasn't bad looking was he? Well if Nicolas was buried in America we would know for a fact if he was in that grave. They dig up graves here for pastimes.

Interesting story and very interesting how these men did seem to be so ahead of the game in knowledge. Up across and shared as always.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

LOL! now that made me laugh! dig them up for pastimes? thanks so much for reading Jackie, and glad you liked it. and yes the young isaac was pretty nice looking wasn't he?


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Nell....Too fascinating. I love it.....Most super geniuses ARE slightly "unstable," you know. This is a fact. I find these ancient tales so interesting and more often than not, they will spark a need to look for further info.....which appears to be what these historical characters did throughout their lives.

So..let me get this straight, Nell.....Nicolas Flamel is in fact, Elvis.....because, between you and me girlfriend.....they're the only 2 immortal men in the world who "have not the left the building and never intend to leave." Right? Did I get the gist?....UP & awesome!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Fascinating read on Flamel and Newton too, as I had not known such about Newton. Great photo too of him in his younger years.

Sometimes it is great to get a legend started for tourism and such and just adds to the mystery of someone. Alchemy is mysterious in and of itself.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

LOL! yep Paula, Nicolas was really Elvis in disguise...well you never know! if he was immortal he had to take on many different disguises! lol! thanks for making me laugh! and always great to see you, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Faith, that's so true, yes that part of France probably does get a lot of tourism because of Flamel, so the more mystery the better for their economy, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great read Nell. I love these hubs of yours. I always find out things I never knew before. Flamel was a mysterious character, and who knows, he may be still walking around among us. Now you have me wanting to read more about Isaac Newton. I never knew he had that other side.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

An interesting hub!

I did not know much of Flamel and Newton you certainly informed me to the point and in detail. You expressed greatly with thorough research and with a lovely photo.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I learned a lot from reading this hub, Nell. (Sorry to say I had never heard of Nicholas Flamel before!) Imagine if we were scriveners from way back -- we would be rolling in the dough.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I have to tell you, I learn a lot from your Hubs!! I never heard of this Flamel before, but it was an interesting read.

Voted UP, etc.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I've never heard of Flamel, so I learned something today! Judging from what you've brought forth about Flamel and Sir Isaac Newton, I think I know where the term "mad scientist" originated.

Fascinating article, Nell!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi bravewarrior, lol! now that says it all! and totally true! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, thanks so much for reading, I am glad you liked it, have a wonderful weekend, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Wouldn't we Flourish? lol! wow, that must have been something for people to read and write back then, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thankd you DDE I am glad you learned something new, and liked it too, have a great weekend, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Jodah, thanks so much for reading, yes its lovely to see the real human side of Isaac Newton, even if he was a bit well mad sometimes! lol! and nicolas flamel was a mysterious guy, thanks as always, nell


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Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

That Philosopher's Stone book you have here for purchase is cool. Colin Wilson is a fantastic writer/researcher.

The Alchemists are historical figures I'm not all that aware of. How awesome the oldest building in Paris was his home. Very mysterious with the book and all.

Very fine read, Nell, liked it much! I also like how you are spacing your sentences, it does make it easier on over-used eyes. Hm, maybe some editing is in order for some of Alastar's stuff! Chow for now, m'lady.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Alastar, this sort of thing always fascinates me, and I have to get my teeth into it so to speak! lol! I read a little bit, then have to find out more. Alchemy fascinates me as it mixes real science with 'magic' or occult. lol! I space it out because I remember someone complaining ages ago on a hub that their eyes couldn't define each different line, and it all ran into one! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting stuff Nell. Flamel must also have been quite clever at keeping under the radar, as it was too easy to find yourself on top of a bonfire for dabbling in the occult in 14th century France. I have read several books about Newton being an alchemist and interested in the occult, so must do some more research.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Wow another amazing hub Nell. You have always set yourself such a high standard and not one of your hubs disappoint. You are one very talented writer. Voting up for sure and wishing you a great weekend.

Eddy.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Another fascinating Article, Nell! I have never heard of this guy before reading this, so this is quite an interesting and informative piece. I enjoyed the videos. I have to chuckle st the "Elvis sightings" of this guy. I guess each generation has their immortal tales. I enjoy stories and information on alchemists because as you say, through their experiments we learned so much about metals and alloys. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

What a great article about Nicholas Flamel! I really enjoyed learning about him and your research of his life and legends. Voted up!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I'm always glad when i see that you have written a hub. You always write about mysteries and the famous people of long ago. I enjoy that. This is interesting. Thank you Nell...


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, thanks so much for reading, I love all these mysteries! lol!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi writer, thanks so much for reading, and I am glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Suzette, lol! yes well you never know! Elvis may not have left the building...! glad you liked it, and thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much Eddy, glad you liked it, and have a wonderful Mothers day tomorrow!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Cynthia, yes that's so true, I think Flamel didn't really get his reputation until after his death, or disappearance, so I think he did fly under the radar so to speak! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very interesting hub about a fascinating character, Nell! I enjoyed learning about the other side of Isaac Newton, too. Thanks for an enjoyable read.


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brownella 2 years ago from New England

Interesting hub, I had heard the name Flamel but never the whole story. I couldn't help thinking of Paulo Coelho's novel "The Alchemist" which I read a while ago, something you might like if you haven't read it already :-)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Alicia, thanks so much for reading, glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi brownella, I will have to look into that book it sounds fascinating, thanks!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Nell, very interesting. Thank you for the introduction to Nichols Flamel and the mystery of alchemy. Stories like this remind us to do our best at whatever we do; what is not recognized now may be recognized later.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi MsDora, thanks so much for reading, yes that's so true, if it wasn't for these earlier Alchemists we wouldn't have the science of today, thanks, nell


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

Fascinating hub. During the whole Dan Brown/Da Vinci code craze a few years ago I remember reading that Flamel was also once the head of the Priory of Sion, the secret organization supposedly dedicated to the preservation of the Grail Bloodline. Other heads of this organization were apparently Leonardo Da Vinci, Victor Hugo of Les Miserables fame, and I think also Isaac Newton. Makes for interesting conspiracy theories. I had also heard that Newton was an alchemist, and also that he considered himself more of a theologian than anything else and only dabbled in math and science in his spare time.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Mel, that does ring a bell about the Priory of Sion, but it was so convoluted with all the names supposedly involved I didn't remember Flamel being mentioned, yes there are so many of them that were supposedly doing and being involved in mysterious things, I bet they would be so surprised to hear it themselves, as they were probably all just innocent guys who wanted to learn new things! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Nell, you need to have your own talk show on these topics. Very fascinating history of this man, very mysterious. Thanks for the education, dear lady.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi teaches, lol! thanks! that would be great! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I so enjoyed reading this hub, Nell, and watching the videos. I have come to the conclusion that Flamel may be someone right here somewhere on HubPages -- lots of mysterious people around here. hahaha

I am still listening to the video 'Dark Secrets', so interesting. Wonderful hub, Nell.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much Phyllis, yes Flamel is fascinating isn't he? and you could well be right, maybe he is floating around on here under a false name! haha! thanks again, nell


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kittythedreamer 2 years ago from the Ether

Never heard of this guy, but this was an amazing story. Also, I knew a bit about Newton being an alchemist so this was very intriguing. Thank you Nell!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi kitty, yes he is fascinating isn't he? I only really discovered him when recently reading a novel, and I thought, hang on, who is this guy? lol! I knew the author had taken a real man and put him in the book, so I had to go search, thanks so much for reading, and I hope you are having a great weekend!


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Really interesting Nell. What a mysterious man he was and off course no-one will ever know the real truth of his longevity.

You have made us wonder though. :)


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

This is interesting, and some of the comments are really funny. LOL. I'd heard of him before but I think when my kids read Harry Potter and I told them it was a true person we looked him up-- that must have been, oy, over 10 years ago at least... I'd forgotten most of what we'd learned. Great hub.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Anna, thanks so much for reading, glad you liked it, nell

Hi Wiccan, I didn't know about him until recently, where the heck was I? lol! thanks again, nell


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Many people connected to the sciences have done a great many good things that are still going strong today. There are even scientists like Temple Grandin, who is autistic. It is said that autism is a world of its own.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Deb, yes many autistic people are so clever, they are said to be able to remember things and even produce amazing paintings etc that we can't do, I don't know of Temple Grandin, but I will go and take a look, thanks as always Deb, nell


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Interesting stuff, Nell. This guy was really ahead of his time. I wonder if he really did find the key to immortality. I read the Harry Potter series (several times) but never knew that Nicholas Flamel was a real person. This was fascinating. Learned quite a bit here.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Peg, I was not that familiar with him either until I read the books, and he got me totally intrigued, its amazing how a small story or myth about someone could end up so huge as his story, and yes I do wonder if he really did find the philosophers stone and get immortality! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a fascinating hub on the topic of immortality. There are a lot of novels and movies about alchemists that I searching for the fountain of youth. I'm sure even today scientists are hoping to find a cure for aging. Good luck to them. Thanks for this interesting story of the life of Nicholas Flamel.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much Nadine, yes he was an amazing man, and maybe just maybe...lol! so many people put him in books and people think he is just fiction, but of course he was real, and did go down in history as the man who achieved immortality, thanks, nell


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GetitScene 2 years ago from The High Seas

WOW WOW WOW! I LOVE this hub. GREAT tie in to Abramelin the Mage. Excellent! Fantastic! Voted up and Awesome.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much Getit! lol! yes he is a fascinating man isn't he? did he really achieve immortality? Well the French people in his village think so, thanks so much for the awesome praise!


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

WAW I see you really go far back in history and dig out these stuff for us, lol. I would like Nicholas Flamel to turn some metal into gold for me right this minute. I can cash it in and make some money :) . The only place i believe it have immortal souls is in Heaven so if Nic isn't here perhaps he is over there. Once on this earth we are mortals unless you're in the form of an angel or something... but who knows where he is? NOT ME! Oh probably he's in Rome because the Vatican is sitting on heaps and heaps of GOLD lol. You know from the 1330's to now that sure is a mighty lot of Gold Flamel has been turning for them.

Have a bless day.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Jo, lol! yes the Vatican is really rich, so much for being poor and church like! all that gold, can you imagine what we could do with it? thanks as always, nell


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Ha ha ha that is the last place i'd think is poor and as for churchlike it is even further shhhhhh. Don't say i told yah! Lmbo . They got trillions in there storing and hiding from through all the dark ages....., could you imagine the seat the pope is sitting on i am sure its made out of jaspers and pearls and cabuncle and gold by flamel lmbo.

Yes nell i can imagine we can pave streets with it make golden air planes, cars, houses etc and they still gonna be filthy rich......

I am off to being a good gurl now, saying my prayers and getting to bed no flying for me tonight only people in England do that. Lol , they fly in the wee hours of the morning on brooms and in front their computers he he he


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Just saying hi Nell had a crazy weekend still recovering from that illness or boi pain like crazy lastnight....... i hope you are fine enjoy your evening ;)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Jo, sorry I haven't answered you, I have been away for a few days, then my bro was in hospital, long story, and exhausting! hope you are feeling better today, nell


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Oooh i see yeah i had a mind you went on your trip. Well i am here still with the dengue virus my platelets keeps dropping so i am doing blood test regular and visiting the doctor, today is like four times i visited and seven sets of blood was taken in the four visits. Ugh i am tired with the sticks! And pains i am home on sickleave so hardly on HP to this week.

Sorry about your bro hope he is doing well.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Jo, that is awful I am so sorry, what a nightmare! I hope it clears up soon, any idea of how long it usually takes?


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

It take up to 15 days or more, i need iron to build up my platelets . I am drinking young paw paw leaf juice but to me it is still dropping. I will eat some baghi tomorrow plz God. Ugh today makes it 12 days since my stomach feels like the walls have been scraped its dried out.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hiya Jo, you are going through it aren't you? I hope you feel better soon, take it easy, and get that iron down you okay?


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I've returned to this hub. I see I read it 17 months ago. The great thing is that I found it as fascinating today, as I did then. You do such a wonderful job on these curious topics that I love so much.

I especially enjoy learning special facts about historical people who are so infamous to us today!....Thanks Nell.


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Nell Rose 12 months ago from England Author

Thanks Paula, yes he was pretty strange wasn't he? I wonder if he is still.....er no, probably not! lol!

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