TIL that the biggest medieval Codex known as Codex Gigas is said to have been written only within 24 hours by a monk with the help of the devil in a desperate attempt to save himself. As a thank you, it is said that he drew a large picture of the devil which can still be seen today at Stockholm.

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  1. From wiki

    In tests to recreate the work, it is estimated that reproducing only the calligraphy, without the illustrations or embellishments, would have taken twenty years of non-stop writing.

    That’s a lot of quills and ink and probably a fatal case of carpal tunnel.

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