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The Voynich Manuscript

The “Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World” was created some time between the 15th and 17th centuries. So far, no one has been able to completely decipher it’s cryptic language. The book weighs in at 235 pages, filled with text in the body and margins, along with botanical illustrations, astrological diagrams, and whimsical nudes.

The Manuscript is named for Wilfrid Voynich, who discovered it in a Jesuit college in 1912. Though most of the Manuscript’s history is unknown, it was once owned by Rudolf II, who fancied the off-beat. He sent it to one of the day’s most well-known scholars, Athanasius Kircher, but Kircher returned the manuscript, unable to unlock its secrets. Modern codebreakers have failed and/or gone mad trying to plumb its depths.

Is it a hoax? If so, it is one of history’s most ingenious.

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