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

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


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.)


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.


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National Library of Sweden, Codex gigas, or The Devil's Bible, Gospel of Matthew, 254 r.

from Atlas Obscura

Object of Intrigue: The Devil's Bible

Codex Gigas, world's largest extant medieval illuminated manuscript: 13th century handwritten Old & New Testament w/ other texts, 620 p. nearly 3 ft high, 165 lbs. bound in wood covered w/ leather and ornate metal…nicknamed "Devil's Bible" for full page image of devil … legend that single scribe who wrote the giant book made deal with the devil to complete the work in a single night, prob. from Bohemia (Czech Republic) … 1906 stereoscopic image / National Library of Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden


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Incipit Daniel, Codex Gigas, c. 1225-30, Stockholm, Kungliga Biblioteket HS A 148.

from National Geographic Society (blogs)

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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…