13 Famous Historical Figures Who May Have Sold Their Soul to The Devil
Theophilus Of Adana
In perhaps the oldest story of a mortal striking up a devilish bargain, Saint Theophilus the Penitent was said to have made a deal with the Devil after he turned down the position of bishop out of humility, though he later regretted this decision.
He allegedly sought out a wizard to help him contact the Devil. In order to help him, the Devil commanded that Theophilus renounce Jesus and the Virgin Mary in a contract signed in his own blood.
Years later, Theophilus regretted this deal and fasted for seventy-three days before the very contract he signed appeared on his chest. He then took the contract to the legitimate bishop and confessed. The bishop burned the document, and Theophilus was so overjoyed to be free that he died shortly after.