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Re: VMs: VOYNICH CATALOGUES
At 14:21 30/05/2004 +0200, Jean-Yves Artero wrote:
My point is that when you consider V. s heraldry as it appears say in the
front cover of his catalogs it ( cat and mouse ) very much looks like a
woodcut which is to be found in David Ovason s book which is entitled The
According to http://www.heraldica.org/topics/jewish.htm
Nostradamus, the famous 16th c. astrologer who settled in
France, bore: Gules, a wheel broken between each spoke or.
Since the color of the charge was too clear a reminder of the
bearer's origins, a descendant had the arms changed to
quarterly, 1 and 4 Argent a wheel sable; 2 and 3 Argent an
eagle's head erased sable (Mathieu 1946, p. 41).
[ R. Mathieu (1946), "Le Systeme Heraldique Francais" ]
So... it doesn't look as though there is any obvious heraldic connection
between WMV and Nostradamus - and Alchabitius/Alcabitius himself (Abd
al-Aziz al-Qabisi, died 967) doesn't seem like a prime candidate to have a
coat of arms. :-o
However, I'm not familiar with the manuscript you mention & you're never
~quite~ sure of anything with WMV - so might I suggest that you scan that
page in from "The Nostradamus Code" and post it on the Web for us to have a
Incidentally, the copious 14-page preface (dedicated to his son Cesar) in
Nostradamus' 1555 edition of his "Propheties" would seem like a good place
to search for cryptography / steganography - has anyone ever examined this?
http://www.bm-lyon.fr/expo/nostradamus/prophetie2.htm (in French)
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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