Kingdom Come Deliverance

Kingdom Come Deliverance is a first-person, medieval RPG¬†based in realism rather than the magic you find in most RPGs of this type. It is based around true stories during the early 15th century medieval Bohemia at the time of King Wenceslas IV and his half-brother Sigismund’s opposition to the throne. Currently the game is in the beta phase.

The following is the official Beta Trailer:

And here’s an article this week from Kotaku with a video showing a walkthrough of one of the quests in the game.

I love all kinds of video games, especially ones like Total War Medieval and Skyrim which are based in medieval / fantasy lore. Kingdom Come is certainly a game’s development I will follow since you do not see a lot of the RPGs based in a realistic medieval setting. They almost always have fantastical elements, which I also enjoy, but it will just be nice to see something more gritty and hopefully accurate to the time period.

Codex Gigas

The Codex Gigas is one of the largest surviving medieval manuscripts in the world. Believed to have been created by Herman the Recluse in the Benedictine monastery of Podlazice in Bohemia, the collection contains the Vulgate Bible as well as additional historical documents written in Latin. The monastery was destroyed during the Hussite Revolution. For more on the Hussite Revolution, I would recommend Victor Verney’s book Warrior of God.

The Codex Gigas is also commonly known as the Devil’s Bible due to the large illustration of the devil found inside. The manuscript now resides in the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm.

Stuff You Missed in History Class has a good podcast covering this topic as well as links to additional reading about the codex.

*image copyright, author attribution: Kungl. biblioteket