Mystery of Voynich manuscript

Voynich manuscript is one of the most mysterious book in mankind history. It fascinate researchers from many years, but nobody can decipher it. It can hide mysteries about unknown language that was used in Europe in middle ages.

History of Voynich manuscript

Name of this book came from Wilfried Voynich who was American with Polish roots.  He was lover and collector of antiques. He bought manuscript from Jesuits in 1912. Some people thing that Voynich falsify the book, but latest researches with radioactive carbon show that Voynich manuscript was written in middle ages. Walter Koehler ,who is researcher from Austria says that book was written between 1404 and 1438 . Main problem with reading is that all information in manuscript ale ciphered. There is a lot of pictures but they do not help.

Content of Voynich manuscript

Voynich manuscript have 136 pages and a leather-bound. To this day only 120 pages survive. The pages are 6x9 inches (about 15x22,5 cm). It is written in unknown language. Author is also unknown. Static analyses shows that language used in book have characteristic of nature language. In book author write about herbals, astronomy, biology, cosmology, pharmaceutics and recipes. On each page there is a plant or herb. It also shows planets and zodiac signs and naked women holding stars. Some pictures show human organs and others describe something like map. There is also picture of objects used in apothecary. Some pages are market with little star or flower and they describe recipes. Researchers think that main topic of manuscript is state of medicine in middle ages.

Is it real?

Some people thing that Voynich fabricate the manuscript, but also researches with carbon and other documents from time when Voynich discover the manuscript shows that it is real. This book shows that level of knowledge in middle ages was very high and disciplines like medicine and astrology were develop since then. Also language used to wrote this book is very interesting.

One of the pages of manuscript
One of the pages of manuscript
One of the pages of manuscript
One of the pages of manuscript
One of the pages of manuscript
One of the pages of manuscript

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

OK, an odd curiousity. There is no reason to think it is not an old manuscript, mainly because it probably has little interest for most scholars and there would be no reason to fake something like this. You may very well be the leading authority on this! Up one and awesome. Rj


Bialy 5 years ago Author

I'm glad you like it. It is really interesting. I hope that in few years somebody will find key to decipher content of manuscript.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Very cool hub Bialy. I'm curious about this manuscript. It seems the author was educated in several sciences. If you find out anything further you could add a second hub linking this one.


Bialy 5 years ago Author

Yep you're right. People in this years study a lot of things. It was quite cool and I regrade that this days it is impossible.

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