Monday, January 7, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript: the Nymphs of Jean Duc de Berry

Voynich researcher Edith Sherwood,PhD first noticed similarities between illustrations of the VMS and Ovide Moralise, 1380s manuscript from Paris (Cod 742 of the Bibliotheque de Lyon - here). What she didn't notice is that the book belonged to the same Jean Duc de Berry, whose name pops up often in my VMS explorations. Plus in the early 1380s Peter of Candia was popular lecturer at the University of Paris where he received his Master of Theology title. So I decided to repeat Edith Sherwood's image comparison with better pictures now provided by the Lyon library here
More widely popular opinion among researchers is that the 'bathing section' is closer to images seen in Petrus of Ebulo, De Balneis Puteolanis (medieval version of porn, if you ask my opinion on it). These two ideas, however, can coexist together since some of the Voynich ladies may represent nymphs and other mythical creatures, some may be enjoying thermal baths. One of them may be representing both. In the late 14th century the thermal springs known today as Karlovy Vary (about 81 miles west of Prague) was discovered. One of the oldest springs in Karlsbad is called Rusalka (Mermaid)so I couldn't resist posting the creature both mythical and balneological - the fishtail woman on f79v of the Voynich Manuscript.


  1. Ellie,

    See my comment which I posted to "That Which Brings....." on Nick's pages. In re: Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D. - "The Goddess Diana and the Lake of the Mirror of the Moon"

    Theresa C. Dintino is the name of the person who posted Professor Rigoglioso's discussion.

    When I found this brief article, I had been investigating Shakespeare's various stage playwriting and Inquisition activities. So, it now appears to me that Fr. Kircher may have been trying to keep out of the spotlight of the Inquisition while attempting to encourage readings of the Greek/Roman classical writings.

  2. She is not fishtailed, she is being eaten and enjoying it. This means nothing, of course. Bring me the future, where we all find out that it was painstakingly written by a half arsed smart arse in bad arabic about drugs and free love/god, from a time when the written word was the last word in entertainment

    1. It means everything if the fish is leech...