Friday, July 24
The 15th Century Voynich Manuscript and the Naked Women
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University houses a very mysterious manuscript known as The Voynich Manuscript.
Why so strange? Because it is written in a language and script unlike any other.
It has been studied my historians, linguists and cryptologists but none can come up with a theory to explain the contents of the 246 page manuscript.
The vellum on which it is written has been carbon dated to the early 15th century.
Wilfrid Voynich (thus the name of the manuscript) claims to have discovered it in 1912 at a Jesuit college in Frascati, south east Rome.
At the time it was thought that it may have been attributed to Roger Baker a 13th century English philosopher. Other suggestions have been the likes of the English occultist mathematician John Dee or his medium Edward Kelley.
The enigma remains, as to who created this illustrated 246 page manuscript written in an unknown script / language? What are the strange plants and creatures and why the naked women featured on the pages?