About the Codex Gigas

The Codex Gigas is a very large manuscript. It contains five long texts as well as a complete Bible. Beginning with the Old Testament, then followed by two historical works,  The Antiquities and The Jewish War, by Flavius Josephus who lived in the first century AD, then Josephus an Encyclopedia of the middle ages, by Isidore, who lived in the sixth century in Spain. Next is a collection of medical works, and then the New Testament. The final of the long works is a Chronicle of Bohemia by Cosmas from Prague.

Additionally there are some short works. The first, before the picture of the Heavenly City, is a work on penitence. Following the Devil portrait, is a work about exorcising evil spirits. Finally a Calendar, containing a list of saints and Bohemians along with the days on which they were commemorated. Removed from the book is the Rule of St Benedict, a guide to monastic life written in the sixth century.


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