The Voynich mysterious manuscript is often referred to as the ‘The Book That Should Not Exist’. What is the story behind this strange manuscript and who originally penned it?
Wilfred M. Voynich was actually born with the name Michal Wojnicz in 1912. He changed his name after fleeing his native Poland and settling in London.
When he arrived in London he opened up a bookstore that became reasonably successful and this led him to eventually move his business to America.
As far as book traders went he wasn’t really that impressive. His business was decent but there were other traders out there who often surpassed his efforts. However, all that changed when he acquired a very special manuscript in a secret deal with the mysterious and ancient order of Jesuits.
The Voynich Mysterious Manuscript
The ancient order of Jesuits were also known as the Society of Jesus and they inhabited the Ghislieri College in Frascati, Italy.
This Ghislieri College is the setting for the deal that brought the Voynich mysterious manuscript to the public’s attention.
Voynich himself struck a deal with the Jesuits and ended up with the book in his possession. It stayed in his possession until his death in 1930 and was then passed onto his wife.
As soon as she took charge of this book there was a mad frenzy of bids and offers for it from various dealers and experts but she decided to ignore them all. She held onto the book until she passed and it was then passed onto one of her closest friends.
A Rare Wonder
The Voynich mysterious manuscript is now considered one of the rarest items on the planet – it should not be in existence!
It is made of very old manuscripts combined together in a book format of 240 pages made out of Vellum. Vellum is actually cow’s skin that has been dried out and then stretched so it can be written upon.
Experts have examined the book and believe it to date to the 15th century but nobody has any sort of idea about who actually wrote it.
It would be a huge step if they actually managed to find out who penned this manuscript as it may give us some indication to what is written inside. Nobody has ever been able to decipher the language that the book contains.
There are over 35,000 separate words inside the book along with complex and decorative illustrations. Nobody has any idea how these illustrations link to the text provided.
The illustrations in some cases seem to cover various plant life that has gone through transformations. Other pictures then seem to show complex aqueduct drawings and even anatomical type depictions of female characters.
The manuscript has been covered by every expert on the planet but they are still no closer in finding out the truth behind it. Both cryptologists and linguists are completely stumped by it!
It turns out that the earliest known ‘keeper’ of the book was named Georg Barech and he was a alchemist from Prague in the early 17th century. Some theories relate to the fact that Barech was capable of creating this book himself to test his understudy.
Another theory claims that Voynich himself created the book as a way of securing his businesses future.
The claims do not end there and of course there is plenty for the conspiracy theorists to get their teeth into. They claim it is the product of an alien race that used it for the act of time travel.
I read somewhere recently that a few scholars now think the book could be the property of an ancient alchemist. It was apparently used by him for medical procedures.
The fact that the book came from the Society of Jesus could also indicate that it was once part of Masonic origin to the Knights Templar.
Well recently there have been rumors that the Voynich mysterious manuscript has been decoded. This sounded very interesting to me so I checked out the article online to highlight the findings.
Unfortunately this ‘decoding’ is still very much up in the air and the truth of the matter is these findings are not conclusive at this point.
It is a very interesting report though and it does seem like the experts are getting closer to the truth on this matter. Hopefully before long we should have the complete answer to what this strange book’s purpose was…