It’s a mysterious book that in its day was believed to contain all human knowledge. But why did medieval people believe that the author sold his soul to the devil to be able to write it?
The “Devil’s Bible,” a behemoth volume weighing in at 165 pounds, believed to have been produced by a single monk over the course of decades in the 13th Century, is the focus of this documentary.
This mysterious book includes medical formulas for everything from treating epilepsy to fevers. It took a full-year of planning to coordinate the book’s transfer to Prague in 2008. During the transfer it was insured for $15.1 million. It is 600 pages made up of 310 parchment leaves, all from donkey skins.
Once considered to be the eighth wonder of the world, it weighs a hundred and sixty-five pounds. The Codex Gigas, the book in question, is allegedly made from the skins of 160 donkeys. It is one of the world’s largest and most puzzling medieval transcripts known to man.
As we watch, the documentary follows a group of scientists as they begin a ground-breaking journey to uncover the secrets surrounding the book’s dark pages. With the use of handwriting analysis, re-creation of text, and ultra-violet lights forensic document experts strive to discover the truth behind this ancient book.
The Codex Gigas is three feet long and because of its size requires two people to carry it. This is the only book that posts both the Old and New Testaments beside violent, holy incantations. One full page in the book is a devil’s portrait and opposite of it a Heavenly City.