Description of the MS


The Codex Gigas has 310 parchment leaves, perhaps made from calfskins. The pages are now 890 mm tall by 490 mm wide, and this probably makes the Codex Gigas the biggest medieval European Latin manuscript to have survived. Each leaf was foliated at the centre of each recto in ink, probably in the seventeenth century, perhaps after the manuscript was brought to Sweden.

The texts were written on ruled guide lines, with an arrangement of two columns of 106 lines per column on each page. The manuscript was written and decorated (and this includes all of the initials, from the elaborate to the plain, as well as the full page illustrations showing the Heavenly City and the Devil portrait) by one scribe-artist. No other work of his has been identified and where he was trained is unknown.

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