The Friar and the Cipher

The Friar and the Cipher

Roger Bacon and the Unsolved Mystery of the Most Unusual Manuscript in the World

Book - 2005
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Two acclaimed bibliophiles and historians describe in fascinating detail the theory that noted 13th-century pre-Copernican astronomer Roger Bacon was the author of The Voynich Manuscript, a mysterious tome discovered in 1912 which has puzzled scholars for almost a century.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0767914732 (hc)
Branch Call Number: 091 GOL
Characteristics: xi, 320 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Goldstone, Nancy Bazelon

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maroon_chicken
Nov 01, 2015

A little while ago I heard about the Voynich manuscript, a medieval document in a language no one has ever been able to translate. I wanted to learn more about this manuscript so I got this book.

This book was a disappointment. It isn't really about the Voynich manuscript at all, and instead spends 200 pages talking about the relationship between Aristotle's philosophy and Christianity, as well as as the history of education in Europe. This book is confusing and has no sense of organization, and I would say that the wikipedia article for "Voynich Manuscript" is more informative than this book.

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elwright
Aug 08, 2014

A good story, marred by factual errors and typos. Too many places where they were obviously careless about research.

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8217549
Apr 09, 2011

my suggestion is take notes who is who and belongs where. it's impossible to keep track of so many historical figures. this book gives you an idea what dark ages really were. first part was about history from Socrates to 13 century.

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