In most religions there is always some kind of book as a guidance to those that are following and practicing it. Just like in Christianity there is the Bible and how Islam has the Quran. There is one book that could fall in the category of religion even though it doesn’t is called the Codex Gigas. The Codex Gigas translates to giant book and it set to the devil’s bible. Now there isn’t a religion about the devil but the mystery and allure of the Codex Gigas has always been around. National Geographic made a documentary called “Who Wrote the Codex Gigas?” and before you would want to watch it we’re going to tackle some things about the Codex Gigas.
We’ll tackle first what is closely related to the historical facts. The Codex Gigas was believed to be created back in the 12th century. The Codex was found in the Benedictine Monastery of Podlazice in Bohemia which is now the Czech Republic. Some time in the 16th century presumably in 1640, the Codex Gigas was taken by Swedish army as a form of loot during their successful invasion during the 30 Years War. Currently the Codex Gigas has been made public and people are allowed to see it in the National Library of Sweden.
In terms of the Codex Gigas’ features there are a lot. In terms of the size the 20 inches wide, 36 inches long and 8 inches thick. There is apparently 320 sheets of the book as well as it is believed to be made from leaves and donkey skins. The cover of the book is made from wood and metal. Now that we’ve taken a look at the close historical facts, we’re now going to tackle the myth, fiction and theories. The documentary focuses on debunking whether the Codex Gigas was made by just one person. The even bring in specialists when it comes to calligraphy and other historians.
Basically their theory is that the Codex Gigas was made by one person. It is believed that a monk in the Benedictine monastery. The monk apparently violated his beliefs and was sent to be walled. Basically he was in monk prison with nothing but a candle and papers for writing. During his imprisonment he made the Codex Gigas. They try to debunk it as that could have been impossible. Keep in mind that the monk has limited time to write so it was impossible to do so.
Then at the same time their theory is also debunked by the Codex Gigas itself. According to the analysts the calligraphy on the book determines that it was really just written by one person. They elaborate more on it in the documentary which sparks a lot more interest. It is an intriguing book as to why someone would make it. The other question is why they made the book to honor the devil. There are just some things that you can’t understand but that’s what makes it intriguing.
You can watch a preview of the documentary through this link.