the codex gigas

The Codex Gigas or the Devil’s Bible is famous for two features. First, it is reputed to be the biggest surviving European manuscript.Secondly, it contains a large, full page portrait of the Devil.

According to the legend that is already recorded in the Middle Ages the scribe was a monk who broke his monastic vows 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 made a special prayer, not addressed to 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.In tests to recreate the work, it is estimated that reproducing only the calligraphy, without the illustrations or embellishments, would have taken 5 years of non-stop writing

The original manuscript is kept in a climate controlled store room and is not on display for the general public.

                                           CODEX GIGAS

It is the largest extant medieval manuscript. It is assumed to have been created in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice in Bohemia (Czech Republic). It was probably written in the first third of the XIII century. In 1648 during the Thirty Years War, the work was taken and is preserved at the National Library in Stockholm, Sweden.

is also known as the “Devil’s Bible” for the great illustration of the devil contained inside and why according to a legend, the scribe was a monk who broke his monastic vows and was sentenced to be walled up alive. In order to avoid this penalthy he promised to create in one day a book to glorify the monastery (the story stems from the fact that it was the medieval belief that the copying of the texts was a privileged way for the atonement of their sins). Near midnight, he understood that his task was not possible, so he made a prayer to Lucifer asking him to help him finish the book in exchange of his soul. The devil completed the manuscript and the monk added the devil’s picture out of gratitude for his aid. In popular fiction, the 8 missing pages are rumored to contain an apocalyptic text called “ The Devil’s Prayer”.

It is contained in a skin covered with wooden cover, with metal decorations.

measures 92 centimeters long, 50 wide and 22 thick and weighs 75 kilograms. initially it contained 320 pages of vellum, but 8 of these were removed.

The code seems to have been created by a certain Herman the recluse of the Benedictine monastery Podlažice destroyed in the XV century. The code indicated 1229 as the year of completion. The book appeared later in the monastery of Sedlec and then purchased from that of Brenov. From 1477 to 1593 it was preserved in the library of a monastery in Broumov until it was not moved to Prague in 1594 became part of the collection of Rudolph II of Habsburg.

At the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648 the whole of Rudolf II collection was taken by the Swedish army.

It contains a full transcript of the Bible comes almost entirely from the “Vulgate”, except the Acts of the Apostles and the Revelation of St. John, taken from the Old Latin.

Also it includes:

1) Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville

2) Two of historical works of Josephus (Jewish Antiquities and the Jewish War)

3) a history of Bohemia Cosmas of Prague

4) various treaties

5) list of the monks of the monastery Podlazicama

6) spells

7) the greek alphabet, Cyrillic and Hebrew.

The book is written in Latin.

The manuscript includes thumbnails in red, blue, yellow, green and gold. The initial capital letters are illuminated and often occupy the entire page. writing is always the same from start to finish, the handwriting is the same and this did suggest that the manuscript was written in a short period and by the same person. Some scholars think that may be the work of one man who has worked for over 20 years.

 p. 577 or Folio 209 recto: contains an image of the Devil to the entire page. Some pages are written on blackened sheets different from the others. Directly opposite the devil is a full page depiction of the Kingdom of Heaven. Several pages before this are written on a blackened parchment with gloomy character, different from the rest. The reason for this is that the pages are made of vellum. Vellum tans when exposed to ultraviolet light.

Image: the Devil at page 577 in the Codex Gigas

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Codex Gigas (Giant Book) is the largest medieval manuscript in the world. It’s remarkable to look at, but the story of it’s origin is certainly a strange one: Legend has it, that in the middle ages a blasphemous monk was set to be executed by being encased inside a wall. In the hope of redeeming himself and escaping this harsh penalty, he vowed to create a huge book to glorify his religion, a book that would contain the entirety of human knowledge. He promised that in a year, the book would be complete. However, on the last night, he became sure that he could not complete this task alone, so he prayed to the Devil, 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. Although this is just a legend, experts have revealed that the book is so massive, that it would have taken a staggering 5 years of non-stop writing to produce it. Given the fact that the monk only had 1 year, the story doesn’t quite add-up and remains an eerie mystery.

Abu Yahya Zakariya ibn Muhammad ibn Mahmud-al-Qazwini, Wonders of the Seven Seas (Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing); facsimile of a page from an illuminated manuscript transcribed some time in the 17th or 18th century (Persia).

The Codex Gigas (Giant Book), also known as the Devil’s Bible, is the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world. According to the Codex legend, the single scribe was a monk who breached his monastic code and was sentenced to be walled up alive with no chance of escape. There was only one way the monk could avoid his excruciating death, he promised to create a beautiful, and fascinating book to glorify the monastery forever; a book that would include all human knowledge. There was one catch, he was given only twenty-four hours to complete the task in and if the monk would complete the task, then be free to live.

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The Codex Gigas (English: Giant Book) is the largest extant 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). It contains the Vulgate Bible as well as many historical documents all written in Latin.

anonymous asked:

can you tell us about some famous historical figures who became vampires?

I’m torn about this. On the one hand, Aro’s collecting instincts probably aren’t uncommon. Somebody must have seen the appeal of vampire!Alexander the Great. On the other, vampires are petty and selfish and power-hungry. Vampire!Alexander the Great could be a very real threat, making it unlikely that he would be transformed. Basically, I tend to think that most famous-humans-turned-vampires have a niche skill set: philosophy, science, languages, and so on, that doesn’t make them inherently threatening. 

  • Phryne and Agnodice are definitely vampires. Phryne was turned because she was lovely and infamous and quite good at manipulating the legal system. Agnodice, on the other hand, actively sought out immortality because… well, in her human life, she dressed as a man and faced the death penalty to practice obstetrics. She’s clearly very committed to being a doctor, and vampirism could only expand her career.

  • Muhammad Al-Khwarizmi is probably still around– we don’t know when he died, after all– and he continues to be a mathematician. Sometimes, he pops up at a university under an assumed name, proves some impossible equation, and disappears when all the fancy math awards start rolling in.

  • I like to think that a lot of folk heroes/heroines are vampires. Somewhere out there, Vasilisa the Wise, Ng Mui, Yennenga, and the guys who gave us Beowulf and Robin Hood are hanging out and having adventures.

  • So, one of my favourite historical creepy stories is about the origin of the Codex Gigas. Allegedly, a monk broke his vows and to stave off punishment, he promised to create an extraordinary book in the space of one night. To make good on his promise, he made a deal with the Devil and finished a tome that should have taken 5 years to write by the deadline. This is more of a famous book than a famous figure, but still. Vampires! Vampires did it somehow!

The Codex Gigas / The Devil’s Bible - 

The largest medieval manuscript in the world, The Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil’s Bible, weighs 165lb and is made out of the skins of 160 donkeys. It currently has 310 pages but it once had 320 pages. According to legend the codex was created by a monk who sold his soul to the devil, in the 12th century in what is now the Czech Republic. The handwriting in the codex has been analysed and not only has it been proven be the work of one man but also that it was written entirely in one sitting. A feat that would have taken 5 years of nonstop writing. 

The legend surrounding the codex says that it was created by a monk who was sentenced to be walled up alive as a punishment for breaking his vows. To avoid this fate he promised to write a book in a single day that would glorify the monastery forever. When midnight approached on the day he realised that he could not to the task alone so he said a prayer to the fallen angel Lucifer, asking him for help in exchange for his soul. The devil took the offer and completed the manuscript. To show his thanks the monk added the image of the devil to the book. Many also believe that the missing pages from the codex contained an apocalyptic text called “The Devil’s Prayer”. 

Codex Gigas - the largest  ancient manuscript.


It takes two people to lift the book, which is made of more than 160 animal skins. It was written in the 13th century A.D., and it currently resides in the National Library in Stockholm, Sweden. At first glance, the contents of this bizarre book are equally strange. It contains a full Latin Vulgate Bible, interspaced with several other books, including Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus, a collection of medical works by Hippocrates and Theophilus, The Chronicle of Bohemia by Cosmas of Prague, the Encyclopedia Etymologiae by Isidore of Seville, and other, smaller texts. The latter works include a text on exorcism, magical formulas, and an illustration of the heavenly city.

Codex Gigas

The Codex Gigas is the largest extant 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]. It contains the Vulgate Bible as well as many historical documents all written in Latin. During the Thirty Years’ War in 1648, the entire collection was taken as war booty by the Swedish, and now it is preserved at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm, on display for the general public.

“The Codex Gigas 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.

According to one version of a legend that is already recorded in the Middle Ages the scribe was a monk who broke his monastic vows 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 made a special prayer, not addressed to 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 Codex Gigas, The largest medieval manuscript in existence, created by a single scribe in the early 13th century. Sometimes called “The Devil’s Bible” because of a large unexplained picture of him. Lavishly illustrated. Just the writing alone, not counting the illustrations, would have taken five years of constant writing to complete.

TITLE: I Guess This is Growing Up

CHAPTER NO./ONE SHOT: Chapter 13

AUTHOR: The-stuttering-kiwi

ORIGINAL IMAGINE: Imagine being another child that Odin has brought back to Asgard to raise along side Thor and Loki.  Thor is always the older brother but even from a young age there is no denying the connection between you and Loki.

RATING: Mature

NOTES/WARNINGS: attempt at smut again.

Our bed’s a tiny island

That can save us from the storm

Hide us from the pain outside

And keep us safe and warm

With my hand across your chest

You’re becoming my life vest

So hold me close and don’t let go

They say its over

But this is just the start

They can’t destroy us

Two bodies with one beating heart

Oh hold me close my dearest one

I fear the worst is yet to come

Ooh the time has come to sink or swim

Ooh so grab my hand and pull me safely in

Let us just drift out to sea

And forget what used to be

My home is wherever you are lying next to me

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