How are old scripts deciphered

Researcher claims to have deciphered the mysterious Voynich manuscript

The illustrations show circles with filigree elements that are partially connected to each other. Bathing women, botanical drawings of plants and trees with roots and leaves. Plus an ornate handwriting, the characters of which nobody understands. The so-called Voynich manuscript has puzzled scientists for decades and stimulated the imagination of many esotericists.

A British linguist from the University of Bristol claims that he succeeded in what other researchers failed to do for decades. Gerard Cheshire, reports the “NZZ”, was not only able to read the language, but also understood the content - in just two weeks.

"I experienced a series of 'Eureka' moments while deciphering," Cheshire is quoted as saying. “What it reveals is even more astonishing than the myths and fantasies it has spawned.” Cheshire had previously published his version of the text interpretation in a specialist article in the journal “Romance Studies”.

Mystery on which many have already failed

Many have already tried to decipher the contents of the collection from around 100 pages stapled together. The manuscript was named after its discoverer. A Polish antiquarian named Wilfried Voynich living in London came across it in 1912 "in an old castle in southern Europe".

Only after his death in 1930 did it come out that the chest with the manuscript came from the Villa Mondragone near Frascati, a Jesuit college south of Rome. The Fathers needed money to renovate their home at the time, so they sold rare manuscripts.