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Voynich manuscript

Voynich manuscript

The Voynich manuscript is considered by many to be "The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World". It is named after its discoverer, the American antique book dealer and collector, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who unearthed it by chance in 1912, amongst a collection of ancient manuscripts kept in the Villa Mondragone in Frascati, near Rome.

Belived to have been written between the 15th and 17th centuries, its hand-written text and crudely drawn illustrations have baffeled linguists and cryptologists for nearly a hundred years.

The manuscript is small, 17.78 x 25.4 cm (7 x 10 inches), but thick - nearly 235 pages. It's cracked vellum pages are abundantly illustrated with Astronomical, Biological, Cosmological, Herbal and Pharmaceutical diagrams and sketches. It is written in a language of which no other example is known to exist: an alphabetic script variously reckoned to have from 19 to 28 letters. But none of them bears any relationship to any English or European letters system.

There is evidence for two different languages and more than one scribe-which some have seen as an indication of an ambiguous coding scheme... A variety of theories about the manuscript's meaning and origin have been suggested: it was written by the great medieval scientist Roger Bacon, encoded to protect him from charges of heresy; it's a medieval treatise on elixir of life; 16th century hoax;an account of ancient civil war written in a vowel-less form of Ukranian; an ancient prayer-book offering repetitive meditations on the themes of pain and death; an ancient attempt to transcribe an east-Asian language into alphabetic form or even a hoax created by Voynich himself.

But some believe that it contains Ancient Knowledge beyond our understanding. That the use of such complex encryption is a clear sing that the secrets it conceals are of an awesome magnitude. That the key to some terrible Power must lie within its innocuous-looking pages... Until the code is broken, perhaps we shoul be thankful that the Voynich manuscript remains an enigma...

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Voynich manuscript on Wikipedia

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