The Voynich Manuscript: The Mysterious Code That Has Defied Interpretation for Centuries

By Gerry Kennedy

An exam of the numerous theories surrounding this enigmatic textual content, it appears written in code

• finds the connections among this paintings and the Cathars, Roger Bacon, and John Dee

• Explains the cryptanalysis equipment utilized in makes an attempt to wreck the code

• contains colour photos from the manuscript juxtaposed with different medieval writings

Since its discovery via Wilfrid Voynich in an Italian monastery in 1912, the Voynich Manuscript has baffled students and cryptanalysists with its unidentifiable script and weird illustrations. Written in an unknown language or an as but undecipherable code, this medieval manuscript includes enormous quantities of illustrations of unknown vegetation, cosmological charts, and inexplicable scenes of bare “nymphs” bathing in a eco-friendly liquid that a few interpret as a symbolic depiction of human replica and the becoming a member of of the soul with the physique.

Gerry Kennedy and Rob Churchill discover the secret surrounding the Voynich Manuscript, interpreting the various present theories concerning the attainable authors of this paintings and the knowledge it may possibly comprise. They hint the speculative heritage of the manuscript and demonstrate those that could be hooked up to it, together with Roger Bacon, John Dee, and the Cathars. With the chance that it can be a misplaced alchemical textual content or different esoteric paintings, this manuscript continues to be essentially the most exciting but enigmatic files ever to have come to gentle.

Gerry Kennedy is a contract author and has produced a few BBC Radio four courses, together with one at the Voynich Manuscript in 2001. Rob Churchill is a certified author who has written scripts for lots of construction businesses, together with the BBC and Thames tv. either authors have been experts for the BBC/Mentorn movies documentary The Voynich Mystery. They dwell in London.

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Existence should have looked as if it would have replaced for the higher, his power papal sponsorship auguring a few actual ‘good fortune’. unfortunately this used to be to not be. On 29 November 1268, Pope Clement IV died; and along with his loss of life, Bacon’s hopes of an endorsement to proceed his life’s paintings evaporated. It continues to be doubtful no matter if Clement ever observed the Opus Majus. To all intents and reasons Bacon had hit all-time low. regardless of his declared purpose of subsuming his medical paintings to the provider of theology, his perspectives have been too wide-ranging and unorthodox to safe a completely untroubled house in Christendom. After his demise, asserts Brian Clegg, ‘Bacon’s paintings turned obscured via a smokescreen of legend and fantasy, transmuting the “First Scientist” right into a pantomime determine. ’6 A sixteenth-century choice of stories, The well-known Historie of Fryer Bacon, portrayed the scientist as a vainglorious and diabolic magican, bold, for instance, to build a brass head which could speak and foretell the long run. His life’s paintings turns out to were principally overlooked, other than, as we now have famous, for that champion of general practitioner Mirabilis (as he turned known), John Dee. no longer till 1733 used to be the Opus Majus released. In 1861 Emile Charles made a entire survey of Bacon’s unpublished works during which he declared, ‘The monk of Oxford has paid together with his repose and along with his liberty for the privilege of being prior to his time. ’ Unsurprisingly, the Victorians, these masters of the applying of technological know-how to the sensible, much less weighted down by means of ecclesiastical dogma, grew to become enamoured with Bacon and extra of his works turned to be had to the general public. even though, a few volumes have even but to be translated from the Latin, and nonetheless others were ascribed to him although his authorship is uncertain. as a result, the newfound acceptance of the ignored philosopher ended in a number of celebratory guides recognising the intended seven hundredth anniversary of his delivery in 1914. Voynich’s statement that he had stumbled on a manuscript most likely written by way of Bacon, which would not just throw mild on his lifestyles yet carry inside of it notable discoveries according to his genius, obviously aroused significant curiosity. William Romaine Newbold, Professor of Philosophy on the college of Pennsylvania, used to be the 1st individual to announce decipherment of the manuscript, and the snippets of decrypted textual content he produced appeared to offer Voynich with corroborative proof of Bacon’s authorship. Of the entire innovations, few if any have contributed extra to the rise of information than these of the microscope and the telescope. The telescope has prolonged the diversity of imaginative and prescient a ways out into the depths of house; the microscope has printed the lifestyles of the unimagined realm of the infinitely little, and sometimes exposes to view the key mechanism wherein the procedures of nature are finished. That either one of those necessary tools have been recognized to and possibly came upon via Roger Bacon, and that through their potential he made discoveries of the maximum significance, the Voynich manuscript places past the variety of average doubt.

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