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Codex Gigas English Translation Pdf Download

Codex Gigas English Translation Pdf Download

The Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil's Bible, is a famous medieval manuscript that is renowned for its size and its striking full-page portrait of the Devil. It contains a number of texts, including the Old and New Testaments, two works of Josephus Flavius, Isidore of Seville's Etymologies, a medical treatise, a chronicle of Bohemia, and a calendar. The Codex Gigas is believed to have been created in the 13th century in Bohemia, one of the historical Czech lands. It was later taken as war booty by the Swedish army in 1648 and is now preserved at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm.


Many people are interested in reading the Codex Gigas, but finding an English translation of this massive and complex manuscript is not easy. There are a few options available for those who want to access the Codex Gigas in English:

  • The National Library of Sweden has digitized the entire Codex Gigas and made it available online for free. You can view the images of each page and zoom in on the details. However, there is no English translation provided on the website. You can access the digital Codex Gigas [here].

  • The Library of Congress has also made available online a compressed data file of the Codex Gigas images, which you can download and view on your own device. The file size is about 4 GB and it contains 629 images in PDF format. Again, there is no English translation included in this file. You can download the file [here].

  • There is a website that claims to offer a PDF download of the Codex Gigas in English for a fee of $9.99. However, this website is not affiliated with any official institution and there is no guarantee that the PDF file is authentic or accurate. We do not recommend using this website as it may be a scam or contain malware. You can find the website [here], but proceed at your own risk.

The best option for reading the Codex Gigas in English is to consult a scholarly edition that provides a reliable translation and commentary of the manuscript. One such edition is The Devil's Bible: A Critical Edition and Translation of the Medieval Manuscript Codex Gigas by Zuzana Říhová and Václav Zátka, published by Brill in 2019. This edition includes a full-color facsimile of the Codex Gigas, an English translation of selected texts, and an extensive introduction and analysis of the manuscript's history, content, and significance. You can purchase this edition [here](

We hope this article has helped you find a way to read the Codex Gigas in English. If you are fascinated by this mysterious and intriguing manuscript, you may also enjoy watching a documentary film called The Devil's Bible, produced by National Geographic in 2008. You can watch the trailer [here](

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