alex_ulyanenkov (alex_ulyanenkov) wrote,

Voynich MS decoding. Problem with dating. Part 2

Which again brings us back to the nuances of dating. Russian version of this chapter/русская версия данной главы -
Full Russian version (in English it is translated only partly)/ Полная русская версия -

(I want to apologize for any mistakes in the text - it is a translation from Russian by Google and may be not yet completely verified)

In the reading of the name of the author and date -, I give my own interpretation of what I saw. It is based on two obvious facts:

- Available figures, symbolizing the constellation
- The presence of these figures, the Latin alphabet, carefully or not so carefully disguised.

The issue of correct reading and further interpretation of the text - it is a question of additional research. Which currently can be only performed by Yale library - it is needed make the images with higher resolution and microscopic research by special methods (especially with respect to areas of worn) - in the UV, IR, polarized light, a DF.

Reading the record in the form of «ViVA LEX VIARIUS CALLY EDVART CREATOR" - In addition to reading as such, requires more research in interpretation.

That record can mean not only direct authorship of Kelly, but also, for instance, the fixing fact of his completion of the manuscript decryption process, but manuscript was written by someone else.

Nevertheless, the found entry is clue or piece of evidence that says that Kelly was holding manuscript in his hands and that he had worked with it and most probably left a record made by his hand.

Again, the period of life of Kelly is known - according to the WiKi, referring to researchers of his life – it is - 01.08.1555 - end of 1597 / beginning of 1598g. Moreover, the first date is based on the words of Kelly addressed to Dee.

And here, I'll make a small remark. Regarding the sources and interpretation.

As it happend in the England of the 16th century, as well as the likelihood that Kelly was born before 1560. very high, the date of birth which Kelly told to Dee - namely the 1st of August 1555.

It would have to be written (in particular for drawing up a horoscope) - 1.5.1555.

Start of the new year in England of the 16th century, at least until 1560 calculated from March 25th , and if you can find in the descriptions of dates disorder between Scotish (Scotland joined in 1600 l’Edit de Roussillon, establishes the calculation of the new year from January 1st ) and British dates - the year 1560 not looks like a right point to new calculation of English dates, looks that it happened much later.

The date of his birth marked Kelly himself - 1.5. 1555 (because of differences in new year calculation - I will l check notes of Dee once more).

Same Dee in his notes there is other important recording time on the dating Kelly's death.
He writes: 25.11.1595 - News that Sir Edward Kelly was slain.

Very interesting date. Not in 1597 or in 1598. And we shall return to it for further investigation.

Kelly is interesting for us as a clue , because too many coincidences starting to happen with his person.

Now the question is - what else we might be able to help us with the definition of dating and authorship.

To find other evidence it is necessary to more closely examine the signs of age, when Kelly lived.

Very interesting work in the genre of popular science published a famous English specialist - Doctor of Historical Sciences Ian Mortimer ( It's called " The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England "

Let's begin with a simple.

To write a manuscript, you need to at least be able to read and write. And I want to add, to know how to read and how to write. For that period of time there are certain rules.

According to Mortimer in the 16th century in England was used a few handwritten fonts:
- Government font (used less often in relation to the others). Mortimer calls it "the hand of the court" - is used for writing state documents. Characterized by its "gothic splendor" - reminiscent of a set of vertical lines, similar to each other. Most often it was used to wrote the Latin text, and it is quite easy to read.

- Writing under the name of "secretarial hand" which clerks write, and whose purpose is to record information quickly. Much less easy to read. About half of the letters of "secretarial hand" are not letters that as it familiar to us. Many of the characters are written with a tilde above or below.

- "Black", or black-letter font - print version of "courtly arms", is the one used for the manufacture of hornbooks - the forerunners of modern ABC, which are taught to read and write.

- There is a font called "italic" (ancestor of all modern fonts) - font, which basically goes for printing and looks "light" compared to all the others. He appeared in England in the early 16th century.

So, if we consider the manuscript fonts - you'll find it in all types of fonts listed!

The main text - "secretarial hand", number of signatures in the astronomical section of Latin - "the court hand", a number of cipher - italic, a number of cipher - black-letter.

Where I found and printed italic, you ask?

Well, to start the explanation I would like to ask you first ou - what fonts are used to write the Arabic numerals?

Now we walk on 4r page of manuscript, which, in principle, again - in my own view, presents all 4 font and I again suggest you yourself find them.

Well, you say, we found the fonts and what's next?

This information turns us to the conclusion that the author have worked as a professional in the area of different text writing. So then again emerges a familiar name - Kelly, who according to legend, was working somewhere scriber and / or a lawyer...

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