The Devils Bible – Codex Gigas

The Devils Bible – Codex Gigas is a mysterious book that in its day was believed to contain all human knowledge and ancient arcane spells.

According to legend in the Middle Ages, a monk who broke his monastic vows and was sentenced to be walled up alive as punishment. In an desperate appeal for clemency he promised to create in one single night a book to glorify the monastery forever. However, as midnight approached the enormity of the task became to much and sure that he could not complete this task alone, he made a special pact, not with God but to the fallen angel Lucifer, asking him to help him finish the book in exchange for his soul.

The devil completed the manuscript and the monk added the devil’s picture out of gratitude for his aid.

The Devils Bible Documentary

The documentary explores the The “Devil’s Bible, from its creation and tries to answer the questions relating to this mysterious and aged codex.
The codex is bound in a wooden folder covered with leather and ornate metal cornering. At 92 cm (36.2in.) tall, 50 cm (19.7in.) wide and 22 cm (8.6in.) thick it is the largest known medieval manuscript.

Weighing 74.8 kg (165 pounds),  the same weight as an average human, the Codex Gigas is composed of 310 leaves of vellum allegedly made from the skins of 160 donkeys .

The Codex Gigas is the world’s largest medieval manuscript.  It initially contained 320 sheets, though some of these were subsequently removed.  It is unknown who removed the pages or for what purpose but it seems likely that they contained the monastic rules of the Benedictine’s.

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