5 Oct 2007
Jean-Luc Deuffic

The Codex Gigas

The Codex Gigas or the Devil’s Bible is a medieval manuscript at the National Library in Stockholm that 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. 

This site contains a digitised version of every page of the manuscript as well as commentaries on its history, texts, script, initials and decoration.
The manuscript was made in Bohemia (now part of the modern Czech Republic) between about 1200 and 1230. It is remarkable that virtually all of the manuscript, script, initials and decoration, appears to have been the work of one person who probably worked in a Benedictine monastery. The Codex Gigas contains four long texts as well as a complete Bible. The manuscript begins with the Old Testament, and it is followed by two historical works by Flavius Josephus who lived in the first century AD. These are The Antiquities and The Jewish War. ..
Manuscrit numérisé (digitised version) [En ligne]
Stockolm, National Library [En ligne]
Indiqué: blog The medieval scriptorium [En ligne]


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  • The manuscript has recently been loaned to the Czech Republic and will be exposed at the National Library in Prag (http://www.nkp.cz) until January 2008.

    Among the Swedish officials who presented the manuscript to the Czech Republic was Sweden’s minister of foreign affairs, Carl Bildt, who refers to the ms. as "Codex Cigas" (Freudian slip?) in his blog: http://carlbildt.wordpress.com/2007

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