From the Publisher
While non-fiction is rarely both entertaining and powerfully
informative, "The Curse of the Voynich" rewrites the publishing rule-book
by ticking both of these challenging boxes.
On the one hand, it draws out many different strands of history and weaves
them into a narrative tapestry, to tell the story of one exceptional man's
journey against the tide of history - and how a Renaissance Cold War
brought "the world's most mysterious manuscript" into being.
On the other hand, readers with an interest in secret history will enjoy
being taken behind the scenes in early Renaissance Italy, to see power &
intrigue in action - and to glimpse the furtive world of early inventors,
at the time when many of the technologies we now take for granted were
first conceived and built.
From the Back Cover
With its cipher-like handwriting and curious drawings of naked
women, the bizarre Voynich Manuscript has for centuries fascinated and
frustrated all who have encountered it.
But now, by retracing one man's perilous journey East from Renaissance
Europe to the Ottoman Empire, "The Curse of the Voynich" opens up a door
into the lost world that brought this mystery to life...