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VMs: Dating the VM: Preliminary results
Some time ago I embarked on a mission to date the VM based on the clothing and
apparel of several of the characters depicted therein. Last night I finally was
smart enough to call upon help from a friend of mine who is way more
knowledgeable in medieval costume history than myself. It turned out quite fun
to discuss the topic over the phone, while we both were scanning the internet
resources at the same time...
My friend (not previously acquainted with the VM) could readily identify most
of the dresses (even the pancake headgear some of the nymphs on the Taurus
zodiac page are wearing -- I was stunned when she sent me a painting of one of
those...), and they seem to form a consistent picture for the most part.
And the answer is... Kazakhstan, 1920s.
No, just kidding.
Most of the evidence seems to point to 1420-1460, the Lower Rhine area, ie the
border region between Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
I know, that's not very spectacular -- except for the consequence that the
consistency of the costume would virtually rule out a later hoax by Dee or
I'll compile the results into a small paper and publish it asap. Please stay
Elmar, a late 20th century model
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