No, someone hasn’t cracked the code of the mysterious Voynich manuscript

No, someone hasn’t cracked the code of the mysterious Voynich manuscript

Enlarge / Composed circa 1420, the 240-page Voynich manuscript is considered by scholars to be the most interesting and mysterious document ever found. (credit: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)

The Voynich manuscript is a famous medieval text written in a mysterious language that so far has proven to be undecipherable. Now, Gerard Cheshire, a University of Bristol academic, has announced his own solution to the conundrum in a new paper in the journal Romance Studies. Cheshire identifies the mysterious writing as a “calligraphic proto-Romance” language, and he thinks the manuscript was put together by a Dominican nun as a reference source on behalf of Maria of Castile, Queen of Aragon. Apparently it took him all of two weeks to accomplish a feat that has eluded our most brilliant scholars for at least a century.

So case closed, right? After all, headlines are already trumpeting that the “Voynich manuscript is solved,” decoded by

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