Beinecke MS 408, commonly called the Voynich manuscript
(after Wilfrid Voynich, a book dealer who bought it in Italy), has long been dismissed as gibberish by most, but beginning in 1915, and certainly since the 1960s, it has also been a source of fascination for people who believe it must be a code. Or a recipe book. Or something. It is actually a proto-Romance language, according to a new paper
. It just had never been written before because educated people used Latin, says Dr. Gerard Cheshire.
So uneducated people wrote in a language from 2000 years earlier?