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Re: VMs: cathars?

Hi Christine,

At 19:00 11/09/2004 -0400, Christine wrote:
I came across this message from 1996 on an alchemy list at

From: Tom Hennessy
>I am wondering if anyone knows a little about the Voynich Manuscript? A
>man named Levitov seemed to have come up with a 'cypher' for the work but I
>have not been able to find this translation. Did he ever completely finish
>the translation or did he just solve the cypher?
>It is supposed to be a Cathar manuscript called the 'Endura'.

Has anything further been uncovered regarding the VMs and the Cathars?

Dennis Stallings' (1998) debunking of Levitov's claim is fairly comprehensive:- http://www.geocities.com/ctesibos/voynich/levitov2.htm

Also: I'm not sure if Jacques Guy's "On Levitov's Decipherment of the Voynich Manuscript" paper is on the web anywhere - the rand site (which was hosting it) was taken down a long time ago & the file's not in the Wayback Machine. :-(

AFAIK, no-one is actively promoting a VMs-Cathar link ATM, probably due to lack of any supporting evidence - while it's a hopelessly romantic idea, it's also probably a hopeless idea as well (sadly). Oh well. :-p

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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