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The Voynich Manuscript

Updated on November 1, 2010
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Written in the 15th century in an unidentified language, the Voynich Manuscript is one of the world’s most bizarre mysteries.  Most of the vellum pages of the manuscript are hand written illustrations, many of herbs and cures for ailments.  Because no one has been able to decipher the writing, the manuscript has brought about much conjecture as to who wrote it—and why it was written.

The six main sections of the manuscript seem to touch on Herbal, Astronomical, Biological, Cosmological, Pharmaceutical, subjects, along with recipes.

The University of Arizona performed C14 Dating tests on the book in 2009 and reported that it dates back to 1404 – 1438.

The book was acquired in 1912 by Wilfrid M. Voynich, (an American book dealer ) from the Collegio Romano, who were apparently unaware of it being included with other books purchased in the sale.  Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is now in possession of the original manuscript.  A facsimile edition was published in 2005.

One series of drawings in the Astrological section has illustrations depicting twelve conventional symbols for the Zodiac and/or constellations. These include: two fish for Pisces, a bull for Taurus, a hunter with zodiacal crossbow for Sagittarius, etc.

Because no one has ever been able to decipher the script in the book, there have been many conjectures as to its origin.  None have been proven.


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      Christine B. 7 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Thanks for dropping by, Ladies.

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      LisaDelamare 7 years ago

      Loved it!!

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      Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Never heard of this before. Interesting and curious. Now you've done it again--struck with your master's touch of "leave them wanting more."

      A very nice teaser, Christine.... ;-)

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      mimind 7 years ago from THE UNITED STATES

      cool thanx for sharing