Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

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Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa was a European scholar and humanist who wrote on theology and the occult. He styled himself “von Nettesheim” after his father's hometown. Agrippa was born in Cologne where he passed his early life. At university there, he studied medicine, law and theology (three subjects that supplied abiding intellectual and practical interests). He led a varied and peripatetic existence whose outlines can only be traced here. For a fuller biography, see Nauert, 1965.

Agrippa briefly attended the University of Paris (1507) and, after a period working for Emperor Maximilian I in Spain, he taught at the University of Dôle (in France). Here, in a bid to attract the patronage of Margaret of Austria, he delivered …

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Flood, John. "Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 May 2009
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