In 1912, Wilfrid Voynich, an antiquarian book dealer, stumbled upon a strange volume, its vellum pages covered in a beautiful but unrecognisable script accompanied by equally mystifying pictures. The codex, approximately 6 x 9 inches, has remained undeciphered from that day to this.
Voynich believed the codex to be the work of medieval philosopher Roger Bacon, others that the Elizabethan mathematician and occultist John Dee was the author. Whoever created the book - which now resides at Yale University - it remains to this day a singular enigma which continues to defy the best efforts of linguists, cryptanalysts and scholars. With the benefit of the authors' exhaustive research, readers can hazard their own guesses as to the meaning and provenance of this most beguiling of mysteries...
Publication date: 03/02/2005
|Publication date:||3rd February 2005|
|Author:||Gerry Kennedy and Rob Churchill|
|Genres:||Historical Fiction, The Real World,|
Walter Reid was educated at Oxford University, where he read history, and Edinburgh University. He is now based in the west of Scotland, but spends part of the year in France. His earlier book, To Arras, 1917, an exploration of service on the Western Front and the poignant memoir of a young officer, was published by Tuckwell Press.More About Gerry Kennedy and Rob Churchill