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.

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  1. Archie San Romani says

    Looking at all this makes me remember…. Bob Timmons?? my high school track coach, He said, “you are on your way, or in the way”… the take on this is always look and move forward…. or like Bill Bowerman, from Oregon, said, ” sometimes you come home a champion, holding your shield high… sometimes you come home on it… a winner always gets up and back in the game… for what ever, but, the idea of all that works in everyday life…. ( for some )