guest post by Logan Brannan
The Devil’s Book or the Codex Gigas is believed to be written in 1210 AD by a monk sentenced to be walled in alive for breaking his monastic vows. The goal of the book was to write out all human knowledge, glorify the monastery he betrayed, and basically have the meaning of life in one book–in hopes of trading this for his freedom.
Now here’s where it starts to get a little strange. Supposedly, at around midnight the monk realized there was no way he could finish such a daunting task. In fear of his life, he made a deal with the devil pleading to him to finish the book for him.
When the daylight struck and the monastery came to collect his book they found a one hundred and sixty five pound book–that’s three hundred and ten vellum (the hide they use to make book sheets out of). That much hide is believed to be about one hundred and sixty donkeys. To copy such a task it would take roughly five years of nonstop writing and that’s only the calligraphy, not including all the pictures he added. Talk about a hand cramp!
As if the story couldn’t get more strange, to thank Lucifer himself for this more than impossible task, the monk drew a picture of the demon in the book he helped write.
Notice the burns on this page? Well it’s the only page with burns on it. Experts say that it’s due to where the page was placed in the book and the pressure from the immense weight of the book itself that caused this burned look. I prefer to believe the other side of the story saying that this was the page the demon touched.
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