The Codex Gigas: The Devil’s Bible And Everything We Know About It
By | October 5, 2020
Of the volumes of medieval texts that have survived for centuries, one book in particular stands out. The largest of all medieval books, it rightly earned the name Codex Gigas, or "giant book," but what is found within the pages of this 165-lb. volume earned it a much more sinister nickname: The Devil's Bible.
The Spooky Spoils Of War
The Codex Gigas may have stayed hidden in a monastery in Prague had it not been for the Thirty Years' War. Swedish soldiers who sacked Prague in summer 1648 during the final battles of the war didn't realize until they were back home that they had pilfered a most unusual find. It seems like it would be hard to lug a book the weight of a person, and not a willowy one, either, across several countries without considering that it might be something notable, but hey, it was a chaotic time.