Also known as the Codex Gigas, Codex of the Devil or Codex of Satan, is an ancient medieval parchment manuscript created in the early 13th century and written in Latin presumably by the monk Germán el Inmate of the Podlažice monastery (in Chrudim, center of today’s Czech Republic).
It was considered in its time as the “eighth wonder of the world” due to its impressive size (92 × 50.5 × 22 cm, the largest known medieval manuscript), its thickness of 624 pages and its weight of 75 kg.
It is illuminated with red, blue, yellow, green and gold inks, both in capital letters and on other pages, in which the thumbnail can occupy the full page.
It is in an excellent state of preservation.
This manuscript has passed through hundreds of people, from the owners of the monastery to its current location in Stockholm, Sweden.
Over the centuries, the Codex was the bearer of a supposed curse that led it to change its “residence” for a long time until it was collected by the invaders from the government of Rudolf II, invaders who came from Sweden, and who delivered the present to his queen Christina. The Codex contains the Bible (the Vulgate version, except for the Acts of the Apostles and the Apocalypse, which come from an earlier version), the full text of the Chronica Boemorum (Czech Chronicle) of Cosmas de Prague, medicinal cures, magical incantations, two works by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (the Jewish Antiquities and The War of the Jews), the Etymologies of the Archbishop Saint Isidore of Seville, several treatises on medicine by the physician Constantine the African, a calendar, a obituary list of deceased persons and other texts.