Illustration of a Devil found in the 13th century medieval manuscript Codex-Gigas. According to legend the book was written by a monk who sold his soul to the devil so in order to complete the manuscript in one night, and so complete the task which would let him off his execution (by being walled in alive) for breaking his monastic vows.

Illustration of the devil from the Codex Gigas, the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world, ca.

Codex Gigas, otherwise known as ‘the Devil’s Bible’ is the largest and probably one of the strangest manuscripts in the world.  It is so large that it is said to have taken more than 160 animal skins to make it and takes at least two people to lift it.  It measures approximately 1 meter in length. According to legend, the medieval manuscript was made out of a pact with the ‘devil’, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Devil’s Bible. It was written in Latin during the 13th century…

The Codex Gigas (English: Giant Book) is the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world. It is also known as the Devil's Bible because of a large illustration of the devil on the inside and the legend surrounding its creation.

Devil’s bible – Codex Gigas

Illustration of a Devil found in the century medieval manuscript Codex-Gigas. According to legend the book was written by a monk who sold his soul to the devil.

The Codex Gigas (Giant Book) is the largest medieval manuscript in the world. It is also known as the Devil’s Bible because of a large illustration of the devil on the inside and the legend surrounding its creation. It is thought to have been created in the early 13th century in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice in Bohemia (modern Czech Republic). (The side is 22cm thick.)

Codex Gigas ("The Devil's Bible") the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world at 165 lbs and 310 leaves. Believed to have been written by a single scribe in the century.

Selected Leaves of Codex Gigas, A 148, unknown creator, unknown location, undated via National Library of Sweden, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  “The Codex Gigas or the Devil’s Bible at the National Library in Stockholm is famous for two features. First, it is reputed to be the biggest surviving European manuscript. (Codex Gigas means ‘giant book’.) Secondly, it contains a large, full page portrait of the Devil.” - National Library of Sweden  "The origin of the…

Selected Leaves of Codex Gigas, A unknown creator, unknown location, undated via National Library of Sweden, Creative Commons Attribution International License. “The Codex Gigas or the.

The Codex Gigas, captured in a stereoscopic image in 1906. (Photo: National Library of Sweden)

Object of Intrigue: The Devil's Bible

The Codex Gigas: The Legend Of "The Devil's Bible"

The Legend of Codex Gigas or "The Devil's Bible"

The Codex Gigas: The Legend Of "The Devil's Bible"

The Legend of Codex Gigas or "The Devil's Bible"

This is the city of heaven that is oposite the depiction of satan in the Codex Gigas.

Codex Gigas: National Library of Stockholm

Codex Gigas: National Library of Stockholm

It’s a mysterious book that in its day was believed to contain all human knowledge. But why did medieval people believe that the author sold his soul to the devil to be able to write it? The “Devil...

Codex Gigas or Devil’s Bible -the largest medieval manuscript in the world.“Legend” has it that the scribe was a Benedictine monk who was walled up alive for breaking his monastic vows. To bear this.

Devil illustration from the Codex Gigas at the National Library of Sweden.

The Codex Gigas (English: Giant Book) Site, with digital files of all pages. Largest extant medieval manuscript in the world.

Images from the Codex Gigas - Kungliga biblioteket

Images from the Codex Gigas - Kungliga biblioteket

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