Lisa Fagin Davis, executive director of the Medieval Academy of America, an expert in manuscript studies and codicology, and who as a grad student at Yale was responsible for correspondence regarding the MS, wrote it.
She proffers no explanation for the MS, summarizing some of the more recent claims as to having deciphered it. She argues that pretty much without exception, all those who tackle the MS have a preconceived notion of what it’s about, often based on an understanding of medieval Europe based on Tolkien, Game of Thrones, and other popular depictions of it. These explanations tell us more about ourselves in the 21st century than they do about the MS or medieval Europe:
In this context, what are we to make of the widespread popular interest in a 600-year-old manuscript that no one can read? While it is the mystery of the Voynich that appeals, that grabs and holds the attention of a curious public, undercooked solutions presented without context lead readers down a rabbit hole of misinformation, conspiracy theories and the thoroughly unproductive fetishization of a fictional medieval past, turning an authentic and fascinating medieval manuscript into a caricature of itself.
She ends with a caution about our historical preconceptions of the medieval past in light that they are often used today by white supremacists to justify their racist ideologies. (She’s not saying that the proposed explanations for the MS are themselves racist in origin, just that popular ideas about the medieval in general often give rise to racist notions.)