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* French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry, by Millard Meiss Splendidly detailed book, but don’t buy it expecting lots of extraordinary pictures, it’s mainly fine-detailed history.
🙂 * Solution of the Voynich Manuscript, by Leo Levitov I’ve been meaning to buy a copy of this for myself for ages, and finally got round to it.
* The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau: how Australia’s signals-intelligence network helped win the Pacific War, by David Dufty (ebook).
Nice little book on Australia’s surprising war-time cryptology effort, something that tends to get trampled by gung-ho American cryptology historians. Interpretation: Sizing Up the Money Pit: Volume 3, by G. Bath * Anson’s Gold: and the Secret to Captain Kidd’s Charts, by George Edmunds I reviewed Bath’s books and Edmunds’ book in my blog.
Interesting (and surprisingly influential) mid-20th century nonsense.
* The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, by Talbot, David Another book triggered by the release of the FBI papers concerning Paul Rubin: I wanted to know more about Allen Dulles (whose surname seems to appear in Paul Rubin’s cipher, or is at least in his covertext).
JACK APPROACHES A BOOKSELLER WITH A MOUSTACHE AND TWINKLING EYES. So what priceless Mac Guffin will I exchange our possessions for this week? [He brandishes the Voynich Manuscript] Behold – the world’s most unreadable manuscript! Of course, as a cipher historian who cannot for the life of me see any actual connection between La Buse and “his” cryptogram, there could be no place set for me at that particular table – for realistically, where would the mystery be without the cryptogram?
If (like me) you’re a pirate museum trivia fan, you’ll be interested to hear that the film-makers did their talking heads interviews in the Musée de la Marine and the Musée Cognacq-Jay (both in Paris), as well as on “L’Étoile du Roy“, a 46m replica of an 18th century British sixth-rate frigate that is a well-known tourist attraction in Saint-Malo (it was previously used as HMS Indefatigable in the TV series “Hornblower”).
* Comment ils ont trouvé un trésor, by Alain Cloarec Fairly lightweight, but helped me understand some of the practicalities of French treasure hunting law. * The Templars: The Secret History Revealed, by Barbara Frale Oh my, what an excellent little book this is.
2 x 52 minutes) documentary with fictional re-enactments (you get the idea) made by Kapali Studios, and due for release around January 2019 (so no need to get too excited just yet).
DAME TROT: That still sounds like “Love, Lipstick and Lies” PRINCE SALERNO: Jest not! PRINCE SALERNO: Margaret and Jack, to free yourself from this terrible curse, you must now climb Mount Doom and hurl the book deep into the biggest Crack you can find. Is there not time for a cup of Earl Grey before one goes? When destiny raises its head, you must grasp it firmly with both hands. PRINCE SALERNO: Go now, and remember the ancient wisdom of the Masons – the bigger the Crack, the better the builder. [TO BE CONTINUED…] “La Buse, l’or maudit des Pirates de l’océan Indien” is a two-part (i.e.
this manuscript’s proper price should be ten cows, but I’d accept one cow now with another nine in the future if you become unexpectedly filthy rich. JACK’S MUM: So what did you get for dear old Meteor, then? [He triumphantly holds the book aloft] JACK’S MUM: Errrm… JACK [encourages audience to join in]: Oh, No We Won’t! Dame Trot and Prince Salerno know all about ‘erbal medicine. DAME TROT [aside to the audience]: I don’t think the poor chicken knows he’s in a panto! You can’t just camp up your crypto to get onto Cipher Mysteries, these days you have to play by the ‘istorical rule book.
I give you – The World’s Most Unreadable Manuscript! JACK: At least 10% more unreadable than those, yes. Even the pictures aren’t about anything, they’re unreadable too. [Puts on airs and graces voice] One shall have to run one’s new acquisition past one’s dear friends next door.
Anyone wanting to read about the Templars should start here. * Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem between the Wars, by Shane White, Stephen Garton, Dr.