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 …

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  Some of the content was superseded by subsequent research -  e.g. the date for transmission is better assigned to the mid-thirteenth to mid-fourteenth …

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 …

Voynichese related

Derek Abbott is an electrical engineer with an interest in mysteries of various sorts, including the Voynich manuscript.  He has a Voynich research plan - proposal - at the University of Adelaide website (here); and  a pdf of the final seminar. There's a YouTube video too, though I haven't checked that. Irena Hanzíková was mentioned at ciphermysteries last …

“Something useful…”

I had hesitated to explain why I've removed from public view so many posts among those I've provided here, since their aim was to give people working on the manuscript the bare bones of my investigation as it progressed - in addition to  opinions based in earlier formal studies and  experience. For longer-term, and/or better informed readers, I expect that to quote the …

Ring of roses: Earth’s Fabric in Byzantium Pt1.

This post is about some fairly well known figures in fourteenth-century Constantinople, the re-awakened interest in Claudius Ptolemy's Geography, links to Renaissance Italy.. and incidentally to Padua. It's pretty much all background information, though we do conclude that Ptolemy's Geography arrives too late to help explain the Voynich map. Oh - and I propose that a globe pictured on coins of Sinope is the Globe of Billarus which Strabo says was the only important 'adornment of the city' which Lucullus took from it. Enjoy.

Ring-o-Roses: heaven’s fabric in Byzantium

As demonstration that  Kabbalah relates naturally to representations of the heavens, of angelic ranks and of gridding 'by the Rose'  we have a vivid example in an illustration from  'Traité de la Cabale' or 'Traité de la Cabala chrétienne', an unpublished manuscript made by the Franciscan friar Jean Thenaud in 1521.

Ring o’ roses: Genoa, Constantinople and Pera

This series isn't a reprise of the analytical studies published from 2011 as the first stage of provenancing the imagery. We are now in the third stage, where the various elements are set in their appropriate historical context. There is evidence of more than one stratum of additions and alterations to the imagery; we are now considering implications of the map's "roses" - of interest chiefly because the period when charts gridded 'by the rose' emerge in Latin Europe is known to within quite narrow limits.

War between science and religion: The Draper-White thesis and ideas about the Voynich manuscript

An ill-founded thesis by Draper and White gained popular appeal from the last quarter of the nineteenth century. It so excited the popular imagination, and so deeply infected popular notions about medieval Europe that its reflection is clearly seen in the attitudes and assumptions which Wilfrid Voynich and William Friedman brought to their study of the Voynich manuscript. Nor did such attitudes fade after the …

The world in Padua’s botanical garden

Until now I've spoken generally in referring to my opinion about the manuscript's manufacture, saying that I believe it was made in 'the Veneto', but having now said plainly (at voynich.ninja) that I think it likely taken from materials then in the University of Padua, I've decided to add a few notes here. The post is not particularly short, but is written to serve as background and quick reference for those at work on the Voynich script and language.

‘Tatar’ plant-names in the Trinity College Herbal – brief note

Those researchers such as Koen Gheuens interested in the Trinity College manuscript's text may like to know that - at just about the time that Athanasius Kircher became interested in the Voynich manuscript -  there was in Berlin a court physician at work on a massive multilingual glossary of plant-names, the published title of which …

Ivy and so forth. The much-mentioned comparison

It's no pleasure to write posts about a particular instance without first being able to  assure whoever [1]  offered it that the aim is to understand the manuscript better, not to disturb them. The  comparison so often mentioned is between folio 35v of Beinecke MS 408 and folio 60r of BNF MS  Lat 6823, the second manuscript being the often-mentioned 'Manfredus'  …