Unexplained Mystery:- Voynich Manuscript. (Video Included)

The Voynich manuscript is a handwritten book thought to have been written in the 15th or 16th century and comprising about 240 vellum pages, most with illustrations. The author, script, and language remain unknown: for these reasons it has been described as “the world’s most mysterious manuscript”.

Generally presumed to be some kind of ciphertext, the Voynich manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II. Yet it has defied all decipherment attempts, becoming a historical cryptology cause célèbre. The mystery surrounding it has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript a subject of both fanciful theories and novels: numerous possible authors have been suggested for it.

 

In 2009, University of Arizona researchers performed C14 dating on the manuscript’s vellum, which they assert (with 95% confidence) was made between 1404 and 1438. In addition, the McCrone Research Institute in Chicago found that much of the ink was added not long afterwards, confirming that the manuscript is indeed an authentic medieval document. However, these results have yet to be published properly, leaving room for continued speculation.

    

The book is named after the Polish-Lithuanian-American book dealer Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912. Currently the Voynich manuscript is owned by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, and is formally referred to as “Beinecke MS 408”. The first facsimile edition was published in 2005.

The illustrations of the manuscript shed little light on the precise nature of its text but imply that the book consists of six “sections”, with different styles and subject matter. Except for the last section, which contains only text, almost every page contains at least one illustration. The overall impression given by the surviving leaves of the manuscript is that it was meant to serve as a pharmacopoeia or to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine. However, the puzzling details of illustrations have fueled many theories about the book’s origins, the contents of its text, and the purpose for which it was intended.

Following are the sections and their conventional names:
Herbal – Astronomical – Biological – Cosmological – Pharmaceutical – Recipes.

Learn more from Wikipedia.

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4 Responses to Unexplained Mystery:- Voynich Manuscript. (Video Included)

  1. gregoryno6 says:

    Fantastic that even in this day and age genuine mysteries can still survive.
    Unless the writings are total gibberish, one day, someone will crack the code. We’ll have plenty of reading to do then, but it will be a slightly sad event all the same.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi gregoryno6,
      Yes I also believe that the code will be broken, I find it amazing that they still can’t identify some of the plants. It really is a mystery.

  2. Alex Clark says:

    It’s a fascinating book. Incredibly interesting, and, yet, not that interesting- in the sense that almost nothing can be stated about the text or illustrations with certainty. Odd that a book on flora, and natural remedies, and, perhaps, Astrology, would have to be encoded. Which leads me to believe that the text may not relate to the illustrations at all. It may simply be an alchemic (or pseudo-alchemic) book disguised as a book on herbal remedies. I don’t believe it’s a fake, because far too much work is invested here. If someone (or some group- there seem to be at least a couple of different ‘hands’ at work here) wanted to produce a forgery, it would be much easier to create three pages, rather than nearly three hundred illustrated ones. The cruder coloring of the illustrations may have been done somewhat later. Some of the books’ clumsiness may suggest that it is a later (not well understood?) copy of an earlier work. That’s where Roger Bacon, or a follower/ student of his, may become possible. Again, a fascinating mystery!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Alex,
      I also agree that this book is not a fake, as you mention there has been a lot of work put into it. I find it all very fascinating, as we know certain plants come and go, and new species of plants emerge, maybe some of these plants just no longer exist in our time? (I have replaced the video, I didn’t know that it no longer worked.)
      Thank You for visiting and your comment.

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