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Codex Gigas , Devil’s Bible

  • Legends claims that it was written in a single night (though some historians estimate 20 years to complete) .
  • Weighs 165 pounds and consists 624 pages .
  • Is preserved in natioanl library of Sweden and is subject of $8 milion insurance.

It is the largest extant manuscript Codex Gigas also known as Devils Bible (Known only due to a large illustration of the devil on the inside and the legend surrounding its creation)


The Codex includes the entire Latin version of the Bible

Legend (Source Wikipedia)

According to legend the scribe was a monk who breached his monastic code and was sentenced to be walled up alive. In order to forbear this harsh penalty he promised to create in one single night a book to glorify the monastery forever, including all human knowledge. Near midnight he became sure that he could not complete this task alone, so he sold his soul to the devil for help. The devil completed the manuscript and the monk added the devil’s picture out of gratitude for his aid.

You can also browse the manuscript here

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