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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.)

from National Geographic Society (blogs)

Devil’s Bible Darkest Secrets Explained

It’s a mysterious book that in its day was believed to contain all human knowledge. But why did medieval people believe that the author sold his soul to the devil to be able to write it? The “Devil...


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.


10 Things You Should Know About The Devil’s Bible


The Codex Gigas also known as The Devil’s Bible, once considered the eighth wonder of the world. The book weighs a hundred and sixty-five pounds. One of the mysteries of the Codex Gigas legend is who wrote it. Legend has it the codex was created by a monk who sold his soul to the devil. Illustration of the devil, Folio 290 recto.

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


The Codex Gigas or the Devil’s Bible at the National Library in Stockholm is famous for two features. First, it is reputed to be the biggest surviving European manuscript. (Codex Gigas means ‘giant book’.) Secondly, it contains a large, full page portrait of the Devil. For more information on the manuscript see