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Re: Re: VMs: Evidence review
You are right, that part of Raphael's rumor was the most dubious, but we also
know that Dr. Raphael was in charge of orchestrating the court case of alleged
Wallenstein treason. He compiled the charges after the general was already dead
in order to justify his murder, so we may call Raphael at least a "creative
But even if he was telling exactly what he really heard, we do not know from whom he got
that information, to be able to judge its veracity. The point is Rudolph bought
many manuscripts and nowhere in Marci's letter is said Raphael actually saw the
VM in Rudolph's possession and positively knew he was talking about the same
manuscript. He probably just passed on some old rumor circulating in his time.
In the light of the gap in the VM history, we can only speculate how Baresh
got it and from whom. So he and Marci are still the only truly documented owners,
being so mentioned in their letters. As for Horczicky, we can hardly
dispute his ownership too - since his name is written there - but we do not have any
other document connecting him directly to the VM.
It was Voynich, who filled the gap in Raphael's rumor by Rudolph's donation of the VM
to Horczicky, but it was just pure speculation. He even claimed - if I remember
correctly - that Horczicky's name was written there by Rudolph. As we can see
from the new scan, that assumption looks even more dubious than ever.
======= At 2004-07-10, 18:13:00 you wrote: =======
>On 7/10/04 2:26 PM, "Jan" <hurychj@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> So your "solid" evidence is actually only third hand information, providing
>> Dr. Raphael was told about it directly by Rudolph :-). Pretty thin, I think.
>> If you read the same letter further down, Marci tells Kircher that he himself
>> has to make his own opinion about it,
>I read that to indicate that he reserved opinion on the authorship of the
>book being attributed to Roger Bacon, not on its history of having
>previously belonged to Rudolph.
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