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    On the pages 82r,  and some other pages, see piuctures below, we see a lady holding a round object.

    It is my belief this is a mnemotechnic image of a ‘woman holding a ring’.

    In medieval mnemomic the giving of a ring is symbolic. See also the engraving here.

    The ring worn in the Middle Ages had a different meaning and purpose than today. True tradition and history had nothing to do with modern commercial extravaganza. The first evidence about the use of rings as a promise of love was dated back in the days of the Roman comedian Plautus in the 2nd century. The wedding rings were famous because of the inscriptions carried in their inner band that looked like contracts signed in the emperor. This custom not only continued but was christened around the 4th century by St. Augustine who implored the priests not to perform marriages without wedding rings. The Byzantine wedding rings were just thin sheets of gold with round or oval designs depicting the couple either staring each other or accepting the blessing of Christ for their union.

    Maximilian, the Archduke of Austria
    In the late Middle Ages there were four types of rings:

    1. The ecclesiastical rings, brooches and utensils with sacred emblems,
    2. The therapeutic rings for the treatment of diseases,
    3. Rings with romantic aspects, like wedding rings and
    4. Rings with practical purposes, such as seals etc.

    Each of the above categories was only a privilege of the nobility. Privileges reserved for the nobles in order to differ from the rest of the people were established by specific laws that defined what ordinary people was allowed to wear and what not.

    An act of Saint Louis (Louis IX, of France, 1214-1270) created a prestigious law for the maintenance of a stock of diamonds for the King, testifies how rare diamonds were and the value that was attributed to them at that time. With this Order, Louis I gave the Kings the right to wear diamonds only kings, thus excluding all women. In 1283 an English law forbade ordinary people to have diamonds in their possession. The ultimate goal of this law was to ban exchange export, since all the jewelry were imported from abroad.

    In 1447 the Archduke Maximilian of Austria was the first man in history who gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy as an engagement ring. This became a tradition later on and now engagement rings are a custom and a sign of everlasting love and commitment. Of course this could be a tradition of the Roman times too, because they used to connect diamonds with supernatural powers, like restoring the disturbed relations of a couple.

    Here is the story of

    king and martyr, crowned and holding a ring (18th) (the giving of a ring to a beggar is a story derived from the life of St Edward the Confessor, whose feast day is 13th October).

    Edward was riding by a church in Essex and an old man asked for alms. As the king had no money to give he drew a large ring off his finger and gave this to the beggar. A few years later two pilgrims were travelling in the Holy Land and became stranded. They were helped by an old man and when he knew they came from England he told them he was St John the Evangelist and asked them to return the ring to Edward telling him that in six months he would join him in heaven. source

    Not to be confused with


    Source Harley MS-2332, f4r

    The giving of a ring, for a person symbolizes: holyness, kind hearted, nobleness, prudent and pious nature
    St. Edward the Confessor
    Edward gave away large sums of money to the poor and for religious purposes, especially the founding of churches and abbeys.

    Edward was said to have the gift of prophesy.

    There were several instances where he predicted the outcome of battles or royal conflicts. The most prominent is his vision of Svein junior, king of Denmark, drowning when embarking to invade and conquer England.
    Edward cured an Irish cripple, by the name of Gillomichael, by carrying him on his back from his palace to Westminster abbey on the orders of St. Peter, to whom Edward had a strong devotion.

    The most well known miracle, or at least the most depicted in artwork, is the story of the ring that Edward gave to St. John the Evangelist. In the account, while dedicating a church to St. John, Edward gives a ring to a beggar who in fact, is St. John in disguise.<br>

    The source: 
    More info: -google book link-

    The giving of a ring in  Verse_of_Wilayah

    “The 24th of Thi Alhujja, was the day when the Commander of The Faithful AS Gave charity with a ring ,while he was praying.
    Due to the importance of this anniversary, and the moral concepts included in, and its deep meanings, Allah the Almighty sent a verse about it, the Almighty said: (Only Allah is your Wali and His Messenger and those who believe, those who keep up prayers and pay the poor-rate while they bow. 5:55)”

    He saw a beggar in the mosque and he asked him: ‘Did you get something from anyone?’ The beggar replied: ‘Yes, I got a ring of gold’. The Prophet asked him: ‘Who gave it to you?’ The beggar said: ‘That person who is standing in prayer’, and he pointed to ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib. The Prophet asked him again: ‘In which position did he give it to you?’ The beggar said: ‘He gave it to me while bowing in prayer’. The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said ‘Allah is the greatest!’, and also those who were in the mosque.”


    From a religious Christian point of view:

    Didacus Valades, Scala Naturae,1579 explains it all:

    God holds in his left hand the earth and in his right a wedding band, his bond with the Church. From here, the Chain descends through all being.   source:



    All derived from source.


    In the Voynich we have the following images:


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