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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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The History of The Devil

The History of the Devil – From the beginnings of Judaism to the present day war on terror this feature film covers many aspects on how interpretation of the Devil have been formed.

This film also covers how our belief in the Devil has evolved and how the Devil has been used for countless centuries in providing a powerful means of public and political control.

The Devil or Satan as he is Known in the western world is believed in many religions and cultures to be a powerful, supernatural entity that is the personification of evil and the enemy of God and humankind. The Devil is seen as being an effective opposite force to god, and to where both the Devil and God are tied in an eons long holy war for human souls to some people the Devil is an abstract aspect of the individual human condition, yet the same could be said for God.

Whilst mainstream Judaism contains no overt concept of a devil, Christianity and Islam have variously regarded the Devil as a rebellious fallen angel or demon that tempts humans to sin, In these religions – particularly during periods of division or external threat – the Devil has assumed more of a dualistic status commonly associated with heretics, infidels, and other unbelievers. As such, the Devil is seen as an allegory that represents a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment.

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Oakley Court. Berkshire

The Court was built in 1859 in the style of a French Chateau

A number of ghostly hooded figures have been seen walking the grounds of Oakley Court

Remarkably little is known about the property despite the fact that it was built over 120 years ago. Oakley Court is situated along a stretch of the river Thames known as Water Oakley. It was first shown on maps around 1800 and the name appears to originate from Cornish Breton in which it appears as “Warhta Eog Lee” — The Upper Salmon Place.

The Court was originally built in 1859 for Sir Richard Hall Say and legend has it that he built it in the style of a French Chateau to comfort his homesick young French wife.

The court has a very  reputation for being ‘evil’, and a number of accidental drownings both in the building and outside of it have occurred over the past thirty years. One such tragic story involves that of a woman named Penelope Gallerneault.

Mrs Penelope Gallerneault, 26, lived in a flat in the Victorian-Gothic country house of Oakley Court,.The family were warned by friends before they moved in that the place was spooky and had previous history of accidents involving death by drowning. In the three years they were there, she and her husband and children suffered many tragedies.

The horror began in the summer of 1972. ‘I started to see people walking in the grounds wearing hoods,’ she says.  In December her two-year-old son, William, died. Mrs Gallerneault was running him a bath when the phone went.

When she returned he was floating in the water. ‘I realize that many people might try to blame me for being careless, but that is just not the case.’ A second tragedy struck the family when her second son Edward, who was just two, was left in his playpen in the grounds. Somehow he got out, toddled down to the river, fell in and drowned.

Mrs Gallerneault said, ‘The house has an aura of evil and I could never go back there.  The Rev. Sebastian Jones, curate of St Michael’s Church, Bray, added: ‘Oakley Court is definitely “spooky” and I would not want to stay there myself. Evil can generate evil, and the grounds would be an ideal place to practise black magic’ The police, called in at every stage, are mystified too.

A senior policeman said: ‘There have been some strange happenings at the house, which have never been explained. We made regular patrols after complaints about witches, and things seem to have quietened down now.

In the 1950s, the place was left derelict for many years. The atmosphere around the building apparently became so oppressive that it caused a number of people to commit suicide in the Thames.