Codex Gigas
Picture of the Devil in the Codex Gigas. Photo Credits: Google

The Codex Gigas, literally translated to be “The Giant Book” is also known as the Devil’s Bible, and its fascinating to know the legend that comes with it.


Legend has it, that back in the middle ages, a monk went against his monastic vows and he was supposed to be walled up alive as punishment.

He wanted to avoid this penalty, hence, as compensation he offered to write a book in a night which would comprise of the entire knowledge the human race had back then. He was given a chance to fulfill this promise, and his punishment would be withdrawn if he would be able to complete the book in one night.

Half through the night, the monk realized that he would not be able to complete the book. Instead of asking God for help, he prayed to the Devil, and asked him to complete this book in exchange of his soul.

The devil offered his help, and in a snap of his clawed fingers, the whole text was printed and done. In the end of the book, it is believed that the Devil signed the book by adding a portrait of himself, which you can see above.


The text contains the whole Vulgate Bible, and several historical documents in Latin. In tries of replicating the text of the Devil’s Bible, it is believed that it would take 5 years of continuous writing only to copy the calligraphy in the whole book.

The book is in a wooden file, covered in leather and metal. It is 36 inches tall, 20 inches wide and 8.7 inches thick. The book lies in the National Library of Sweden, in Switzerland. It is not open to be displayed to the public anymore.


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