13 Famous Historical Figures Who May Have Sold Their Soul to The Devil
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa was one of the most influential writers of the Renaissance era. Though he never obtaining a degree, he was a scholar of law and medicine.
To most, he was known as a magician, alchemist, and astrologer. With his knowledge of the law, he frequently defended women accused of witchcraft and wrote three books on the occult that are still heralded as primary sources on the subject today.
In 1535, Agrippa was accused of heresy and condemned to death. He escaped, but died shortly after. After his death, rumors circulated about him consorting with demons. In the most famous of these stories, Agrippa kept a demonic black dog as his familiar. The dog (known as schwarze Pudel in German) later made appearances in numerous legends about Johann Faust, another Renaissance thinker who was rumored to be in cahoots with the devil.