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The Royal Cipher
Both Singh and Kahn note that Louis XIV's Royal Cipher
(probably more correctly nomenclator) enciphers *syllables*,
rather than single letters (phonemes, etc.).
I was really glad to see this, because it fits
perfectly with my theory of the VMs: that the underlying
language is medieval French and it enciphers syllables
rather than phonemes. This due to
the fact medieval and modern French in their spoken form do
not have clear word breaks. Also, if I am not mistaken, it
was the language of communication of the European
nobility by the late XV century.
Can anybody point me to a copy of the Royal Cipher?