Codex Gigas

The Codex Gigas or the Devil’s Bible at the National Library in Stockholm is famous for two features. First, it is reputed to be the biggest surviving European manuscript. (Codex Gigas means ‘giant book’.) 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 Highlights contain a selection of images from the manuscript. About the Codex Gigas presents a short introduction to the manuscript; Read more includes a commentary, augmented by a number of transcribed and translated shorter texts. The glossary and biographical addenda can be used as study aids.

The original manuscript is on display for the general public in our Treasury in Humlegården, Stockholm.


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Codex Gigas digital images by Per B. Adolphson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


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For example: National Library of Sweden, MS A 148