It may be that there is at least some truth to both stories here, a document smuggled out of Russia (though not the VMs) by Ethel Voynich and the VMs found at Mondragone. I find it hard to understand why an antiquarian would want to do this (smuggle document), unless he had a private buyer particularly interested in the specific manuscript, the value of which had already been established or who was an avid collector of Roger Bacon documents, perhaps. Hmm, I wonder if Wilfrid Gaye was named after Wilfrid Voynich?
----- Original Message -----
From: Petr Kazil
Sent: Wednesday, December 25, 2002 1:23 AM
Subject: VMs: Looking for Wilfrid Gaye
I found a Wilfrid Gaye at this site, and he's the only one on the web:
So I sent the following e-mail to the secreatry and webmaster.
We'll see what happens.
Dear Sir / Madam,
Maybe this person :
Vice Chairperson, Wilfrid Gaye,
11 Ashford Way, Hastings TN34 2HG
is the same one who posted a message on a BBC Discussion Board about the
Voynich manuscript (see below). If this is the case then we (the
international Voynich study group) would very much like to contact him, to
ask about the evidence he mentions.
It is a small chance that these two people are identical, but it is worth
Petr Kazil. Rotterdam, The Netherlands
re: The Voynich Manuscript WILFRID GAYE - 1st post - 23 Dec 2002 12:16
I found the programme very interesting. However, as my Mother was the
adopted child of Wilfrid & Ethel Voynich, I have printed documentary
material that states that Ethel V sneaked the document out of Russia for
Wilfrid V and not from an Italian Monastery. I accept that this may still
not be the truth. If the manuscript is a modern fake, it must have taken a
very large amount of effort and resources. I have never heard it said that
Wilfrid V. was a forger or skilled draughtman.
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