The Codex Gigas

Old Man Whateley at Yog-Sothoth posted some links to the Codex Gigas, the largest surviving manuscript from the Middle Ages.  I’d heard of it before, but it wasn’t until his post that I read deeply enough to find that the manuscript also included spells and conjurations along with more traditional ecclesiastical material.   The National Library of Sweden, where the Codex is held, puts the manuscript’s conjurations into context and then provides translations of several spells.  Old Man also provides us with an online documentary on the Codex.

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  1. And the best thing is that you can actually browse the whole thing online. 🙂

  2. I recently ran across an online repro of what was either a Medieval psalter or book of days that contained brief conjurations for similar purposes. I’ll see if I can dig up the link this evening…

  3. As promised: The Burnet Psalter, courtesy of the University of Aberdeen:
    http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/historic/collects/bps/text/066v.htm

    Nice Pope Leo connection here, too:
    “Four of the five prayers contain incantations, invoking God by alternative names in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. They are preceded by introductions, two of them (to Adonay, Flos, Sabaoth and Messyas, Sother, Emanuel) in French, which describe the efficacy of the incantations when carried on the person, against sickness, fever, plague and the hazards of childbirth, weapons, fire and water, evil spirits, and sudden death without confession. Messyas, Sother, Emanuel and Dominus, Deus, Unigenitus are attributed to St Leo (Pope Leo I).”


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