King Rudolph II acquired over two hundred pages of a manuscript during his reign. It proved unreadable, a foreign language.
Below is a map of King Rudolph’s world, it’s also the world where many of the manuscript inspiration seekers dwell. This is where they are looking, these countries, their languages.
Rudolph’s map shows three caravan routes coming into Europe from the east.
The Silk Road map shows one caravan route joining it from northern India.
“The first reference to the Gypsies in Europe dates back to the 9th and 10th centuries. At the time, the Roma (Gypsies) settled in the Balkan regions that belonged to the Byzantine Empire. Some centuries later, they moved further west into European countries, spreading rumors of their Egyptian origin. It was only at the end of the 18th century that
it was learned that the Roma language was an Indian dialect, and that their motherland was in the area of northeastern India, Afganistan, and eastern Iran. We discussed the background and status of Romani culture in contemporary Russia with some experts.”
Georgy Tsvetkov, Writer and President of the Russian Romani Union.