[Reading] ➬ The Friar and the Cipher ➳ Lawrence Goldstone – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

The Friar and the Cipher The Voynich Manuscript, A Mysterious Tome Discovered In 1912 By The English Book Dealer Wilfrid Michael Voynich, Has Puzzled Scholars For A Century A Small Six Inches By Nine Inches, But Over Two Hundred Pages Long, With Odd Illustrations Of Plants, Astrological Diagrams, And Naked Women, It Is Written In So Indecipherable A Language And Contains So Complicated A Code That Mathematicians, Book Collectors, Linguists, And Historians Alike Have Yet To Solve The Mysteries Contained Within.However, In The Friar And The Cipher, The Acclaimed Bibliophiles And Historians Lawrence And Nancy Goldstone Describe, In Fascinating Detail, The Theory That Roger Bacon, The Noted Thirteenth Century, Pre Copernican Astronomer, Was Its Author And That The Perplexing Alphabet Was Written In His Hand Along The Way, They Explain The Many Proposed Solutions That Scholars Have Put Forth And The Myriad Attempts At Labeling The Manuscript S Content, From Latin Or Greek Shorthand To Arabic Numerals To Ancient Ukrainian To A Recipe For The Elixir Of Life To Good Old Fashioned Gibberish.As We Journey Across Centuries, Languages, And Countries, We Meet A Cast Of Impassioned Characters And Case Crackers, Including, Of Course, Bacon, Whose Own Personal Scientific Contributions, Voynich Author Or Not, Were Literally And Figuratively Astronomical.


10 thoughts on “The Friar and the Cipher

  1. says:

    A mosh pit of Aristotelian, medieval and Elizabethan history that had very little to do with the discovered manuscript and its translation It was very readable, written in an almost folksy style, and made me want to learnabout Roge...


  2. says:

    This book was kind of weird, because I was all excited to read about the mysterious Voynich manuscript, but that only took up like 3 chapters at the end The vast majority of the book was a brief history of Roger Bacon and the development of scientific thought in Europe Which was kind of interesting, but not really what I was here for Plus I noticed at least one glaring to me historical inaccuracy, where the authors seemed to say that Mary Queen of Scots claim to the English throne came t This book was kind of weird, because I was all excited to read about the mysterious Voynich manuscript, but that only took up like 3 chapters at the end The vast majority of the book was a brief history of Roger Bacon and the development of scientific thought in Europe Which was kind of interesting, but not really what I was here for Plus I noticed at least one glaring to me historical ...


  3. says:

    A decent read, not as good as Out of the Flames To judge by the title I would think there would beof a focus on Roger Bacon and on the Cipher but this isof a history of the tension between religion and science from somewhat before Roger Bacon s time to a few centuries later, the time of Francis Bacon, covering a number of historical figures In a way these are backstory and context for the Roger Bacon story, and also a route through time for the provenance of the Cipher , but f A decent read, not as good as Out of the Flames To judge by the title I would think there would beof a focus on Roger Bacon and on the Cipher but this isof a history of the tension between religion and science from somewhat before Roger Bacon s time ...


  4. says:

    I am admittedly a fan of Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone, and really liked this book What could be an interminably dry subject in the hands of other authors is kept enjoyable and readable However, the title is very misleading A substantial portion of the book is devoted to the history of the relationship of the early Christian church with science, reasoning and discovery This provides interesting background and context for the place Roger Bacon not to be confused with Francis Bacon occupied i I am admittedly a fan of Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone, and really liked this book What could be an interminably dry subject in the hands of other authors is kept enjoyable and readable However, the title is very misleading A substantial portion of the book is devoted to the history of the relationship of the early Christian church with science, reasoning and discovery This provid...


  5. says:

    Goldstone achieved a readability score far in advance of most semi scholarly works The narrative is engrossing and informative and the scholarship is serious Good read, good mystery, farinteresting that the title might seem.


  6. says:

    I picked up this book from the library while I was there getting some other reading material for the break, and it looked extremely promising It is about Roger Bacon and the undeciphered Voynich manuscript The book started off very promisingly, recounting the modern rediscovery of the book, but then it changed course Instead of being about Bacon and the manuscript, the authors decided to conduct a li...


  7. says:

    I m about 3 4 of the way through this book so far and even though I haven t finished it, I feel like I can weigh in a bit about it The basic premise of this book is that Roger Bacon created the Voynich manuscript The evidence for this is so thin and so unconvincing, though, that the author has spent the first 3 4 of the book summarizing all of Bacon s works, all of Thomas Aquinas works, and John Dee s life and obsession with Roger Bacon rather than actually talk about Bacon s involvement with I m about 3 4 of the way through this book so far and even though I haven t finished it, I feel like I can weigh in a bit about it The basic premise of this book is that Roger Bacon created the Voynich manuscript The evidence for this is so thin and so unconvincing, though, that the author has spent the first 3 4 of the book summarizing all of Bacon s works, all of Thomas Aquinas works, and John Dee s life and obsession with Roger Bacon rather than actually talk about Bacon s involvement with the Voynich manuscript.The book is also riddled with factual errors at one point the author suggests that Henry VII was Henr...


  8. says:

    This book was an interesting overview of the historical background of the Voynich manuscript The majority of the book was about Roger Bacon and the historical beginnings of science and the opposition to it by Church hierarchy There is also background on all the people involved in trying to decipher the Voynich manuscript Over the last 400 years no one has succeeded No one is sure if it s real or a hoax, though most suspect it is real.As I was reading the book it became close to home, literal This book was an interesting overview of the historical background of the Voyni...


  9. says:

    Fascinating story of bizarre 13th or is it 15th Or 17th manuscript written in an as yet undeciphered cipher sorry and attributed with some dispute to Roger Bacon The husband and wife Goldstones trace the history of the manuscript as best as it is known, including a detailed history of Roger Bacon and his frantic times.Similar to Who Murdered Chaucer A Medieval Mystery which I recently read, the authors spendtime on the history of the era than on the topic in the title While the Fascinating story of bizarre 13th or is it 15th Or 17th manuscript written in an as yet undeciphered cipher sorry and attributed with some dispute to Roger Bacon The husband and wife Goldstones trace the history of the manuscript as bes...


  10. says:

    For a book titled The Friar and the Cipher , I really expectedabout the cipher The book was billed as being about this strange manuscript from the 13th century, yet it barely got any mention in the book Most of the 300 pages were devoted to the history evolution of philosophy and science and their clashes with the catholic church , from Plato all the way to Elizabethan England and slightly beyond While a very good read, I would have liked to have readabout the manuscript If t For a book titled The Friar and the Cipher , I really expectedabout the cipher The book was billed as being about this strange manuscript from the 13th century, yet it barely got any mention in the book Most of the 300 pages were devoted to the history evolution of philosophy and science and their clashes with the catholic church , from Plato all the way to Elizabethan England and slightly beyond While a very good read, I would have liked to have reada...


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