The Codex Gigas which in English means Large Book is THE largest ancient medieval manuscript in the world. Note – not one of the largest but THE largest.
Work on Codex Gigas started in the early 13th century. This happened to be in the Benedictine monastery that was situated on the PodlaÅ¾ice in Bohemia.
The Codex Gigas is now preserved at the Government run State Library of Sweden in Stockholm. The book is so huge that it needs two librarians to pick it up.
Codex Gigas – The Devil’s Bible
Also, Codex Gigas is popularly known as the Devil’s Bible. The reason behind that is the huge sketch of Devil’s on the inside. Plus there is some myth about the devil’s illustration and before you know it, you haveÂ the conspiracy theorists already seeing heady dreams about some sort of ancient plot.
There was a time when the Codex Gigas could have been lost to mankind and this was during the end of 30 years war in 1648. The complete book was taken away by the sweedish Nordsmen as part of the spoils of war. But fortunately, the Swedes recognized the importance of such book and kept it in a museum.
If you are wondering about the myth or legend behind the Codex Gigas, here is some that I have been able to gather from different sources:
According to the fable, the writer happened to be a monk who could not keep his vows and was punished to be walled up alive.
Since the monk did not want to undergo this punishment, he dreamt up this feat of creating a book with all the knowledge that would keep the information about the Monastery alive in years and generations to come.Â Hence the Codex Gigas.
If indeed that was the purpose of this book, then the monk lived up to his promise.
Check out the National Geographic show on Codex Gigas.
You can perhaps even make out parts of the translated manuscripts.