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Thursday, January 29, 2015




You've heard of the fictional Necronomicon

 But did you know that FIVE MYSTIC TOMES actually exist?

 The Voynich Manuscript

This is the granddaddy of them all. 

Nicknamed “the most mysterious manuscript” 

this collection of nearly 250 pages of ciphered writing

has been capturing people’s imaginations for 500 years!

The text is written in an unknown alphabet that (at least superficially) seems to follow the patterns of a real language.

The book seems to have passed through the hands of alchemists, botanists, nobles, and priests 

before ending up in the rare books collection of Yale University, where it lives today.

 The Rohonc Codex

This text from Hungary dates back at least 200 years and perhaps as much as 500.

 Like the Voynich Manuscript, 

the text is written in an unknown alphabet which is stubbornly resistant to translation. 

There is even quite a bit of debate about what direction the words and pages should be read.

The Devil's Book

 The book is real 

because the Roman Catholic Church officially claims ownership of it, but has never let the public glimpse it. 

It is fact that it was discovered in Jerusalem in 1750, in the tomb of Solomon, written in either Biblical Hebrew or Aramaic. 

The manuscript has not been dated to an earlier time than this, 

or else the Church has not said, but the book itself is inscribed with the date of 1522 AD. 

Theorists claims it was copied in that year from a manuscript written in the 1200s AD or earlier.

 The Book of Soyga

It is a 16th century tome of magic that once belonged to John Dee

probably European history’s most famous magician. 

Have no fear, the book does have a section of ciphers, 

but they are only one part of the Latin-langage text 

that covers such metal subjects as spells, angels, and demonology.

The Oera Linda Book

This is the youngest of the texts discussed here (only about 150 years old), 

but it claims to be a record of much older events dating back nearly four thousand years and including wisdom from mythical Atlantis. 

Written in Old Frisian (an early Germanic dialect)

it was recognized as bat-merde crazy from pretty much the first time anyone translated it, 

but you better believe that didn’t stop the Nazis from trying to make something of it. 

The book (which has a good crop of generally nationalist and specifically pro-German components to it) 

even earned the nickname “Himmler’s Bible” for a time, 

because of its important role in some forms of Nazi occultism.


  1. You started off with the Voynich manuscript! At the moment it has a significant part in my yet to be finished book The Age of Stars. I've done some research into it and don't know what to make of it, either. There are hobbyists that are rather snobby about people using the manuscript in a fictional way. The other manuscripts you mention are very interesting, too, and I'll be looking into them. It seems like Voynich is actually kind of popular and not as mysterious as I'd like it to be. :)

  2. Interesting, but kind of a waste if nobody can read them. But, if they contain spells or technology to destroy our world, perhaps they should keep their secrets.

  3. I've read about the Voynich manuscript and since I know all about the Tudors I'm of course familiar with John Dee. But the rest of these books are a mystery to me--and clearly they could be wonderful sources for some novelists.

  4. Lara:
    I'm glad I could spotlight the Voynich Manuscript that figures so prominently in your new novel. :-)

    Modern Man thinks he knows so much -- but each new century shows the fallacy of the "truths" he once believed.

    If you want to use it in your novel, then go ahead. You are not forcing those hobbyists to read your book! :-)

    Perhaps they can be read -- but only by secret societies. And like you said, if what they contain is dangerous, then being locked in an unknown language is just fine with me!!

    John Dee is a fascinating figure in history -- as are most of the major players in the Tudor world. How are your novels coming along?