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Israeli Computer Scientist Helps Crack Secrets of Mary Queen of Scots' Lost Letters

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Portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Researcher George Lasry said Mary, also known as Mary Stuart, learned how to create secret codes from the age of nine, taught by her mother.

Credit: National Portrait Gallery/Public Domain/Via WIkimedia Commons

Israeli computer scientist George Lasry led an international research team to decipher secret coded letters written by Mary, Queen of Scots, over four centuries ago.

Lasry and his collaborators found the letters in the national library of France's online archives for enciphered documents.

They decoded the letters using computerized and manual methods, revealing how Mary maintained connections with the outside world during her years of captivity, and how and by whom the letters were relayed.

Said Lasry, “We are not historians, but we have some ideas about history.”

From The Jerusalem Post (Israel)
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