30 Sec's on....
I bloody love Easter.
I do, favourite bestest time, ever.
But since I talk about Easter and everything bunny-ish every year, this year I thought I would tell you a story...
Let me tell you about the Voynich quires:
The Voynich quires is a 234-page handwritten document, filled with enciphered text in an unknown alphabet, threaded through by a large number of drawings of equally uncertain meaning – unrecognizable plants, circular diagrams and small naked women.
It was believed to be written in 1608, but the presence of parallel hatching in some of its drawings implies a likely earliest date of 1450.
The numbers inside are a curiously weird hybrid of Roman and Arabic.
And almost all pages in the Voynich quires are illustrated:
A herbal or botanical section, with drawings of herbs, some of which look realistic, while others appear imaginary;
An astronomical section, with illustrations of Sun, Moon, stars and zodiac symbols;
A cosmological section, with mostly circular drawings;
A biological section, which contains some possibly anatomical drawings with small human (mostly feminine) figures populating systems of tubes transporting liquids;
A pharmaceutical section, so called because it has drawings of containers, next to which various small parts of herbs (leaves, roots) have been aligned;
A recipes section, which contains over 300 short paragraphs, each accompanied by the drawing of a star in the margin.
There are also missing pages, which look to have been cut out, but the most interesting thing is this:
Almost the entire text of the Voynich quires is written in a script that is not found in any other surviving document.
No one knows who wrote it, where it was written, or what its coded language means.
T and Spirit