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May 29, 2006

De fvrtivis

In the course of making a case for Francis Bacon as Shakespeare, Paul J. Dupuy offers insights into early cryptology. Though I should confess I had figured out Leonardo Da Vinci's encoded message spelled out "I AM VOLDEMORT" even before I read this.

Throughout the Middle Ages, ciphers were used by monks "for scribal amusement, and the Renaissance knew from its study of such classic texts as Suetonius that the ancient world had used ciphers for political purposes". Around the middle of the 13th century, the English monk Roger Bacon wrote "Concerning the Marvelous Power of Art and of Nature and Concerning the Nullity of Magic". He listed seven cipher methods and asserted that "a man is crazy who writes a secret in any other way than one which will conceal it from the vulgar".

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 29, 2006 08:33 AM

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