Illustration of a Devil found in the 13th century medieval manuscript Codex-Gigas. According to legend the book was written by a monk who sold his soul to the devil so in order to complete the manuscript in one night, and so complete the task which would let him off his execution (by being walled in alive) for breaking his monastic vows.
The Codex Gigas (Giant Book) is the largest medieval manuscript in the world. It is also known as the Devil’s Bible because of a large illustration of the devil on the inside and the legend surrounding its creation. It is thought to have been created in the early 13th century in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice in Bohemia (modern Czech Republic). (The side is 22cm thick.)
CODEX GIGAS facsimile. Thus when referring to pages in medieval manuscripts we do not use a numbering system from 1 to N as in modern books, but rather the folia would be numbered 1r (the front of the first folio) then 1v (the back of the first folio) then 2r then 2v, and so on. A quire is a set of pages, sheets or folia folded and stitched together. Quires are found in modern books as well; lay a thick book flat on a table and look at the top edge of the pages. Many books have sets of pages…
The Codex Gigas. The largest medieval manuscript in existence, created by a single scribe in the early 13th century. Sometimes called “The Devil’s Bible” because of a large unexplained picture of him. Lavishly illustrated. Just the writing alone, not counting the illustrations, would have taken five years of constant writing to complete