The Manuscript of Voynich there (really) been decrypted ?

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Two weeks. This is the time that it will likely take to this british scholar to break through the mystery of the Manuscript of Voynich. Text written in calligraphy and illustrated with several hundreds of pages, written between 1404 and 1438, the work has long aroused passions because of its language, until now, remained a mystery. Discovered in 1912, it is still wondered today if the famous Voynich was not the biggest troll in history. Obviously not, at least if one believes the assertions of Gerard Cheshire, a british researcher from the university of Bristol. Published on 29 April in the scientific journal Romance Studies, the results of this research indicate that the famous manuscript would have been written by a religious in the dominican republic for the Queen Mary of Castile. The language used would be writing “calligraphy proto-romance”, a mixture of French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, catalan or galician. If this melting-pot language would have been widely spoken at that time in the Mediterranean, the Manuscript of Voynich would be the last vestige existing written to this day.


Despite this finding, which should soon lead to an attempt of translation of the complete manuscript, it would seem that the mystery around the famous work is not yet ready to be dispelled. First of all, because Gerard Cheshire is not the only one to claim the title of official translator of the Voynich. The manuscript is regularly talking to him, and until today, no researcher is actually able to propose a translation, complete and coherent. On the other hand, because the face of this announcement, many linguists and historians have questioned the basis of this discovery. On Twitter, Lisa Fagin Davis, executive director of the Medieval Academy of America, explained that the language “proto-romanesque” was a real non-sense. A finding echoed by other researchers, which has pushed the university of Bristol to withdraw its press release, due to “concerns as to the validity of this research”. The mystery on one of the manuscripts the most famous of the Twentieth century and continues still to hover, the less the time that the audits confirm or refute the discovery.

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