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World's most mysterious text is finally cracked: Bristol academic deciphers lost language of 600-year-old Voynich manuscript to reveal astrological sex tips, herbal remedies and other pagan beliefs


Within the manuscript there is a foldout illustrative map, provided here, that provides the necessary information to date and locate the origin of the manuscript. Vignette A illustrates the erupting volcano; B, depicts the volcano of Ischia; C shows the hows the islet of Castello Aragonese and D, represents the island of Lipari

For 600 years it has steadfastly refused to give up its secrets and has beaten some of the world's most brilliant brains, including Alan Turing.

Experts variously claimed that the Voynich manuscript - known as the 'world's most mysterious text' - contained codes, magic spells, alien messages and even communist propaganda.

Eventually most agreed that it was either impossible to solve or else written in gibberish as an elaborate practical joke.

But a linguistics expert from the University of Bristol has now cracked it - and it took him just two weeks.

Dr Gerard Cheshire worked out that it was written in a dead language - proto-Romance - and then by studying symbols and their descriptions he deciphered the meaning of the letters and words.

He discovered that the manuscript contains information on herbal remedies, therapeutic bathing and astrological readings about sex, matters of the female mind and parenting.

It was written in accordance with the Catholic and Roman pagan religious beliefs of the time and has been carbon-dated to around the mid-15th century.

Dr Cheshire discovered that it was compiled by Dominican nuns as a source of reference for Maria of Castile, Queen of Aragon, who is the great aunt to Catherine of Aragon.

There are also images of Queen Maria (1401–58) and her court conducting trade negotiations whilst bathing as well as many other images of naked women bathing.

It demonstrates that the spa lifestyle was highly regarded as a form of physical cleansing and spiritual communion, as well as a general means of relaxation and leisure.

Also within the manuscript is a foldout illustrative map that helped Dr Cheshire to date and locate the origin of the manuscript.

The map tells the story of a rescue mission, led by the Queen of Aragon, to save the victims of a volcanic eruption in the Tyrrhenian Sea in 1444 off the western coast of Italy.





The Voynich manuscript, named after Wilfrid M Voynich, a Polish book dealer who bought the manuscript in 1912, was written in Central Europe in around the 15th century, according to academics.

Its date, origin and language have been debated as vigorously as its puzzling drawings and undeciphered text featuring botanical and scientific drawings.

Among those who have famously attempted to crack the code are Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park and the FBI during the Cold War.


This figure shows Folio 19 left: Borage (Borago officinalis). The first line of the accompanying text reads: ‘panais-or o nauira æo arna o péor omor or é’epe a doméas t’ (the narrow golden taproot, its bark has the potency to kill the domestic/family belly). Borage oil has a long history as a toxic uterine stimulant for inducing miscarriage and abortion, which was commonly practised to deal with unwanted pregnancies as a form of birth control

Proto- Romance is ancestral to today's 'Romance' languages including Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, Catalan and Galician.

Some of the symbols were unfamiliar to scholars studying the text because they have different geographical origins or because they have different variants which indicate particular phonetic accents.

The language was ubiquitous in the Mediterranean during the Medieval period, but it was seldom written in official or important documents because Latin was the language of royalty, church and government.

'I experienced a series of 'eureka' moments whilst deciphering the code, said Dr Cheshire.

This, he said, was followed by a sense of 'disbelief and excitement' when he realised the magnitude of the achievement, both in terms of its linguistic importance and the revelations about the origin and content of the manuscript.

'What it reveals is even more amazing than the myths and fantasies it has generated.



The next step is to use this knowledge to translate the entire manuscript and compile a lexicon, which Dr Cheshire acknowledged will take some time and funding, as it comprises more than 200 pages.

'Now the language and writing system have been explained, the pages of the manuscript have been laid open for scholars to explore and reveal, for the first time, its true linguistic and informative content,' he added.
The peer-reviewed paper, The Language and Writing System of MS408 (Voynich) Explained, is published in the journal Romance Studies.

 

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I doubt this is true, don't be fooled by this sensationalism. People have been claiming to have solved the mystery of the Voynich Manuscript for years. It's no different than how every few years we find out who Jack the Ripper REALLY was, for real this time, and it's always a different person. Curiously, the media never reports on all the counter-arguments against these theories.
 

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Is it that time of year again? Makes sense, Atlantis was found again not that long ago and I expect Noah's Ark to be found shortly before Christmas.

Holy crap, you're right. It's basically just Cosmo. It's got how to do women, how to raise kids, what plants to take for pregnancies, horoscopes.

The only difference is that this one has volcanic eruptions.
Women's magazines have always had plenty of those, it's mostly about Trump these days.
 
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How much do we trust this guy's ethics? As in if he is the one that broke the code how can that be proven? How do we know that it isn't all in his head?
And also how is this useful?
As a Brit I would love to think that we had done something useful but I just can't see interpreting an old manuscript written for a noble in that category.
 
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Got no bitch in my blood. Zero bitch in my blood.
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I doubt this is true, don't be fooled by this sensationalism. People have been claiming to have solved the mystery of the Voynich Manuscript for years. It's no different than how every few years we find out who Jack the Ripper REALLY was, for real this time, and it's always a different person. Curiously, the media never reports on all the counter-arguments against these theories.
Yeah, it's yet another unsubstantiated claim. These "journalists" know it's bullshit, but it's ez views on an article whenever someone claims to have done so.
 

Rei is shit

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Lots of people are calling this guys claims BS. He has only managed to translate a few words, no passages. And most of what he translated is the zodiac section that probably had words added to it later on.

A lot of the stuff mentioned in the article has been theorized about for years/decades now. The era the manuscript was written in (1400-1450) was a time when spas experienced a resurgence of popularity. The herbal aspect is obvious to anyone who looks through it; there are pages and pages of chimera plants. The "nymphs" have also been speculated about endlessly.

Here is a good blog about cryptography with a heavy slant to the voynich. If you have an interest in this thing start here - http://ciphermysteries.com/the-voynich-manuscript
 

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Tbh i'm kinda sad it was cracked, I liked the idea of a mysterious undecipherable text. :(
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This is the thing with the drawing of the landmass of Antarctica, right?
You're thinking of the Piri Reis map, and the idea that it shows Antarctica is based on misinterpretation. It actually shows the coast of South America, but it's drawn in an awkward way so that it slides down towards the bottom of the map, making it look like it is located below the other landmasses rather than to the west of them.
 

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