No one considering this matter attentively doubts that the death of men occurs in multiples of seven and nine: as 14, 18, 27, 28, 35, 36, 42, 45, 49, 56. But if the seventh occurs with the ninth, all antiquity agreed that it was a most perilous year.Do you persist in doubting?
Nor am I disturbed by what Aristotle thought in Book v of the Politics and at the end of the Metaphysics - that there is no importance at all in numbers. Why then does the seventh male heal scrofula? Why does the child born in the seventh and the ninth month live, that born in the eighth, never?Leaving aside for the moment the assertion that no child born in August ever lives to adulthood, just what is the logic behind the claim that birth in the seventh or ninth month ensures life, but seventh and ninth years bring death?
In any case, this along with the business of the "secrets of empire" and the Machiavellian anti-Church polemic should earn Bodin a spot in the next edition of the Purple Bible.