National Geographic Devil's Bible
first saw the blurb about this National Geographic Special involving the
Devil's Bible, I must admit that I was expecting something a
little more gruesome and supernatural as opposed to scientific.
According to the catch for this documentary, legends states that this
165 pound codex was created by a condemned monk who sold his soul to the
Devil in order to create this in-depth masterpiece. However the
scientific investigation lead to something totally different.
With that in
mind, this documentary is the journey of two individuals in an attempt
to determine who created this huge book which featured both the new and
old testaments, exorcism spells, healing and more importantly, a full
page picture of the Devil. Using state of the art technology, this
documentary traces the origin of this gigantic book and how it became a
sought after item during Medieval times as it travelled from country to
the experts, the book was written by one person which may have taken the
writer over 5-years to complete, provided it was a monk who actually
created it. The most significant aspect of this book is the full page
colour drawing of the Devil which was unlike anything that has been seen
before. This picture caused speculation over the creation of this book
and the biggest mystery is that why is this picture almost burned onto
the page. For that, you will need to watch this documentary.
for those that are looking for demon lore or something more
supernatural, this documentary is not that as this was a Christian book
with a very unprecedented picture of the devil himself. To accompany
this documentary, there is an equally interesting featurette called
The Witch Hunter's Bible which is another book that was written in
1486, two hundred years after the Devil's Bible that was a guide to
hunting out and exterminating witches. The featurette is almost as good
as the main documentary.
video and audio quality, this is another good presentation from our
friends at the National Geographic, although the blurb is a little more
exciting than the actually content of this DVD. Even so, it is still a
fascinating journey about one of the world's largest codexs that was
made from 160 calf skins. Now that's gruesome!