Have you heard of the Voynich Manuscript? The Voynich manuscript is a secret code containing six sections and has a long history background. Also, surprisingly the manuscript has not been decoded. Many people have tried to decode it, and people have come up with many theories for its meaning. However, some other people have theories that the manuscript is a hoax. This ancient manuscript is a very fascinating and complexing thing.
The Voynich Manuscript’s overall content include six section. The six sections are botanical drawings, astronomical and astrological drawings, biological drawings, cosmological medal, pharmaceutical drawings, and continuous pages of text. In the botanical section, there are 113 drawings of unidentified plant species. The astronomical and astrological contains astral charts with radiating circles, suns and moons, zodiac symbols, nude females emerging from different places, and courtly figures. Next, in the biological section, there are drawings of small women that are nude and most of them have swollen abdomens with interconnecting tubes and capsules. After that is the cosmological medal section. In the cosmological medal section, there are nine of these cosmological medal drawn on several folios that may be showing geological forms. Later, in the pharmaceutical drawings section, there are drawings of over 100 different types of herbs. All of these drawings were drawn in the colors of red, blue, or green. Lastly, following the drawings, there is the continuous pages of text. Here, obviously, contains pages of pages of texts that may be recipes or hidden messages. Also in the text section, there is a star-like flower marking the beginning of every new entry. (Voynich Manuscript, Yale University)
There is also a lot of history background to this Voynich Manuscript. However, the history to the manuscript is not solid fact. Some parts of it are not quite clear. The code, written by Roger Bacon, first belonged to English astrologer John Dee write. He also owned many other pieces of Bacon’s work. Later on, he sold the manuscript for 600 gold ducats to Emperor Rudolph II of Germany, or called the Holy Roman Emperor. The Emperor owned this manuscript from 1576-1612, which later in his life he gave it to Jacobus Horcicky de Tepenecz. Then, it somehow ended up in Georg Baresch’s hands. He gave this manuscript to Johannes Marcus Marci. In 1666, Marci presented book to Athanasius Kircher. The book ended up in hiding for three centuries, and in 1912 Wilfred M. Voynich purchased the manuscript from the Jesuit College at Frascati. Later, H. P. Kraus bought the manuscript from the Voynich family and gave it to the Beinecke Library in 1969. Now, the manuscript is stored away in the rare-book library at Yale University. (Voynich Manuscript, Yale University) (The Unread: The Mystery of the Voynich Manuscript, Johnson)
In addition, many people have came up with theories of the meaning to the Voynich Manuscript. One guy named William...