Music for a change

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reprint: first assertion and first reasoned argument – no Christian imagery in Beinecke MS 408

Thank heavens for the old-timers, who will recall the frisson - and worse - which met this information when I first presented it.  Most may also know how regularly I've returned to the point, and how VERY recently others have begun announcing the same as if inspired by the paraclete.  Still, we needed this paradigm …

Snippets only

I understand that it's annoying for you if you were following the blog before many posts were made private to have emails still arriving and showing the first lines to posts you can't read in full. That's a wordpress thing; if it's something specific you want to read, you can always email me voynichimagery gmail …

The Mexico-Nahuatl argument and why I’m “meh” about it.

[additions, small typos fixed; picture-links added 28/03/2015] First, I'm way past needing any convincing that MS Beinecke 408 ain't a mainstream Latin work, but that's because in addition to the "background image" of what mainstream illuminated mss look like compared with what MS Beinecke 408 looks like, I've done several years' deeper research.  And the …

Precedence

Added note - This post from 2013 is made a 'sticky' for the time being - just for the record and because this is easier than recalling an essay in press to add a footnote there.  Some of the content was superseded by subsequent research -  e.g. the date for transmission is better assigned to the mid-thirteenth to mid-fourteenth …

“inverted T-O”? – not exactly. (Pt 3 – a digression) in summary form

Preliminary remarks: This post was originally a three thousand word essay provided with the usual   historical, iconographic and comparative detail, cross- referenced to earlier commentary by the present author, as to other academic sources. The whole was provided with a bibliography. On reflection, what is now almost a decade's experience of publishing 'Voynich' research and …

“inverted T-O”? – not exactly. Pt.2

During the earlier Christian centuries, Christ was not envisaged with royal regalia.  'My kingdom is not of this world' (John 18: 36/37 ) though he was recorded as saying he would return on the world's Day of Judgement  'in great power and glory/majesty'.  [texts]. The Byzantine Christ Pantokrator (ruler of all) bears neither  sceptre nor orb; …

Containers in the “leaf and root” section – a selective review

*click to enlarge I have agreed to assert intellectual rights over the research and conclusions for which these comparative images were first introduced to Voynich studies as illustration. It is not pleasant to have to make the assertion, which would be unnecessary were all Voynicheros in the habit of observing the usual civilities and formalities. …

Text/image disjunction

As my longer-term readers will surely know, the bizarre dichotomy which exists  between  Voynicheros' standards and methodology in treating the written part of the text versus that applied in relation to the pictorial text has, over the years, elicited from me  reactions from astonishment through blank incredulity, to smiling bemusement  - even occasional sympathy -  …

Reading [the] script: inscribe and DigiPal

http://www.digipal.eu/blog/inscribe-training-platform-for-palaeography-and-manuscript-studies/ "More often than not, the exploration of the codex as an archaeological artefact helps one to better understand its origin, provenance and even its very raison-d'etre" - from the Introduction " The PAL is a Platform Abstraction Layer that is used in a variety of projects. The PAL allows for easy compatibility between many different flavors of …

A History of Voynich ideas/An idea of Voynich history (de-clunked)

Through 2014-15  I wrote three series in which I  traced the history of Voynich studies. These posts were ones I was driven to research, out of pure frustration that it was apparently impossible to discover  who had first asserted or argued a given 'Voynich fact' or where one might read and evaluate that idea's first …

‘Dispensatories’ and related – by request

POSTS published at voynichimagery with tag/category 'Dispensatories'. 2013 'Hypothetically', (June 22nd., 2013) - not available to the public at present. 'The Language Elephant' (June 23nd., 2013) ' "In these same characters" - Pt.2' (Aug. 30th., 2013) 2015 'Barsch's "virum bonum" and Theriac'  (Feb. 20th., 2015) 2016 'The Voynich "albarello" - deconstructing a phantom. Pt 2' …

Asterisms and Constellations and how not to confuse them with Tropical Signs.

Worth your time.

The Renaissance Mathematicus

If you are going to write about something, especially if you intend to lay bare somebody else’s ignorance, it pays to actually know what you are talking about otherwise you could well end up looking like a total idiot, as does Anna Culaba in her article on the RYOT website, The Stars and Your Astrological Signs Have Been Lying to You This Whole Time. I should point out that Ms Culaba is by no means the first person to publically embarrass themselves pontificating on this subject, in fact it’s a reoccurring theme much loved by scientists and science fans who want to take a cheap shot at astrology. Indeed, as we will see later Ms Culaba, in her article, is in fact just regurgitating the content of a BBC website. So what exactly does our intrepid science fan say in her blog post?

My horoscope for today (I’m a…

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Some questions – part of the research plan

Here are some among the questions formulated as part of my  research plan, and which then gave structure to the work which I did on this manuscript, publishing selected items online, in blog form, between 2008-2017.   Given the extent to which the results obtained have proven so stimulating to tired imaginations, I hope the questions may prove useful to people …

Basic resources for medieval manuscript study

[addition blmmb- 5/07/2017] I like the technical stuff on Erik Kwakkel's page, called 'Medieval Books' - you might like to add it to your Reader list too. https://medievalbooks.nl/ Kwakkel's titles are usually a bit ..well... screamer-headline, but that's part of the fun.  e.g.one post about foldouts and scrolls is 'The Incredible Expandable Book'.  Damage and repairs is the subject …