Category Archives: Voynich

The last page f116v revisited

I would like to revisit the last page of the Voynich manuscript, namely f116v. Here below I reproduce the proposed analysis offered by Johannes Albus at the Voynich 100 conference in Italy in May 2012. One reason for reproducing it here is that it seems to me relatively unknown. I have tried to find out …

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The Voynich: lost language theory

One possible explanation of the Voynich manuscript’s mysterious script and underlying language – a view which I find plausible – is that the script was devised for a particular community, possibly to write down an already existing language, and then that script was lost to us, with the exception of the Voynich manuscript.
Just such an …

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TED-ED video about the Voynich manuscript

I’m pleased to say that there is a new educational video about the Voynich manuscript which I was invited to script, published by the prestigious TED-ED group:

It was published only yesterday and already has 382,753 views, which is gratifying. (My nephew told me that it is number 8 in the list of Trending YouTube videos worldwide, but …

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A proposed identification of a word found on f77v – by Darren Worley

This is a post sent in by Darren Worley – thanks Darren.
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In this report I suggest a possible reading for a text label found on f77v. This follows on from a 2015 post on the same topic (here) that I now believe to be incomplete. I also speculate on what this might imply for the …

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f68r – an eclipse in 1409?

In this post I would like to highlight some intriguing research carried out and sent to me by Andrés Eloy Martínez Rojas, president of la Sociedad Astronómica Urania (SAU) in Morelos, Mexico, relating to folio f68r.  This illustration shows what he is suggesting as an interpretation:

 
You can find a report in Spanish here from a Mexican newspaper and also …

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A proposed identification for the f57v symbol, by Darren Worley

This post was contributed by Darren Worley – many thanks!
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On page f57v of the Voynich manuscript, in the bottom right hand corner, an unusual symbol can be found. In this short report I suggest a possible identification and its purpose. I also describe a mid-15th century manuscript containing many other examples of this symbol.
Several Voynich …

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New facsimile of the Voynich manuscript

I was just interviewed by a Spanish journalist about the Voynich manuscript and he alerted me to a recent article in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. This reports on a forthcoming facsimile of the Voynich manuscript, to be produced in Burgos in Spain, and to be sold at 8000 Euros a copy! If any kind …

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Voynich conference speakers?

I have been approached with a suggestion to have a conference next year in London about the Voynich manuscript, where we could invite non-Voynich specialist to talk about their areas, for example an expert on mediaeval herbals, an expert on 15th century parchment, on art, or on astrology and astronomy.
 
I wonder if anyone has suggestions …

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How to crack the Voynich code, and how not to…..

Here is a pastiche of the type of message I get almost every week:
“Dear Mr Bax,
I am writing to tell you that I saw your website and I have deciphered the Voynich manuscript. You won’t believe me but it took me only two hours! I haven’t read anything much about the manuscript, but I am 100% sure that …

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Alain Touwaide on the Voynich – a review by René Zandbergen

I am grateful to René Zandbergen, whose authoritative site on the Voynich manuscript can be found here, for contributing the following review:

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the acquisition by the Society of Jesus of Villa Mondragone, the Second University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ has published a new book about the Villa.
http://www.palombieditori.it/detail.php?book=1406&vetrina=venduti
The book, …

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