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Stockholm Agrees Loan of "Devil’s Bible"

Published torsdag 17 november 2005 kl 12.18

The biggest medieval manuscript in the world , known as the ”Devil’s Bible”,  is to be exhibited in Prague more than 350 years after it was carried off as war booty by Swedish troops.

The Stockholm Royal Library has agreed to loan the giant manuscript for an exhibition in 2007. The work of one monk alone, the manuscript is 624 pages long and weighs 75 kilos.

It is said to be the result of one single night’s work. But to achieve such a feat,  the story goes that the monk had to get the devil’s help, which explains the inclusion in the manuscript of a 50 centimetre high portrait of the devil. The illustration is currently on show at the Stockholm Royal Library.

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