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The Legend of the Devil’s Bible
  1. Top Ten Interesting Facts on the Mysterious Codex Gigas or Devil’s Bible
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  5. Codex Gigas: The Dark Medieval Manuscript Dubbed as "The Devil's Bible"

Top Ten Interesting Facts on the Mysterious Codex Gigas or Devil’s Bible

Read about the Devils Bible in Swedish. The Codex Gigas was written in the Kingdom of Bohemia by an unknown scribe in the early 13th century. The Codex Gigas weighs 75 kg and has parchment leaves, probably made of calfskin. From a monastery in Bohemia to a castle in flames — 15 minutes about the history of the Codex Gigas!

It's called that because the manuscript contains a large portrait of the Devil.

The Codex Gigas

Read more about the Devil's Portrait. The Codex Gigas contains five other long texts in addition to a complete Bible. Read more about the long texts. The manuscript contains a few short texts as well; one that relates to penance and another on how to drive out evil spirits. Read more about the short texts. Because the book sustained damage from being on display with an open cover for many years, it is now on display with its cover closed.

If you would like to browse the work and see the famous portrait of the Devil, you can do this on a digital screen next to the showcase. To the exhibition. Yes, the entire manuscript has been digitalised. To the digitalised version in the World Digital Library. Yes, you may do so. The images in Libris. The images may be used freely, on condition that photographer Per B.

The Codex Gigas. Unable to do the immense task alone, the monk made a pact with devil in exchange for his soul. He asked the devil for his help. The deal was made, the book completed, and the image of the devil was added to the manuscript in gratitude.


In some accounts, the devil himself drew it. Working this much it would have taken the monk around five years to complete the book.

It is believed to have at least taken over 10 years, but most likely would have taken closer to 20 years. Most of the illuminations display geometrical designs or connect to plant life.

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Besides the Devil image, only the portrait of Josephus and a squirrel are noticed to be depicting human or animal life. And certainly why he chose to draw the devil remains a puzzle.

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Codex Gigas: The Dark Medieval Manuscript Dubbed as "The Devil's Bible"

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Learn how your comment data is processed. Below are the top ten interesting facts known about the Codex Gigas: 1 The largest illuminated manuscript of the world measures 3 feet long, almost 2 feet wide, and about 9 inches thick. Best of luck with all that you seek! Always Treasure the Adventure!