Three books of occult Philosophy or Magic [NOOK Book]

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A text on occult philosophy from the turn of early 15th century. Very valuable if you want to see the origins of the occult movement. It is important to note that at this time in history any advanced knowledge was related to witchcraft. This are the very early works af a very educated man for his day.
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Three books of occult Philosophy or Magic

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Overview

A text on occult philosophy from the turn of early 15th century. Very valuable if you want to see the origins of the occult movement. It is important to note that at this time in history any advanced knowledge was related to witchcraft. This are the very early works af a very educated man for his day.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013306165
  • Publisher: Naleon
  • Publication date: 10/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,169,307
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Agrippa was born in Cologne in 1486. In 1512, he taught at the University of Dole in the Free County of Burgundy, lecturing on Johann Reuchlin's De verbo mirifico; as a result, Agrippa was denounced, behind his back, as a "Judaizing heretic." Agrippa's vitriolic response many months later did not endear him to the University.
In 1510, he studied briefly with Johannes Trithemius, and Agrippa sent him an early draft of his masterpiece, De occulta philosophia libri tres, a kind of summa of early modern occult thought. Trithemius was guardedly approving, but suggested that Agrippa keep the work more or less secret; Agrippa chose not to publish, perhaps for this reason, but continued to revise and rethink the book for twenty years.
During his wandering life in Germany, France and Italy he worked as a theologian, physician, legal expert and soldier.
He was for some time in the service of Maximilian I, probably as a soldier in Italy, but devoted his time mainly to the study of the occult sciences and to problematic theological legal questions, which exposed him to various persecutions through life, usually in the mode described above: He would be privately denounced for one sort of heresy or another. He would only reply with venom considerably later (Nauert demonstrates this pattern effectively.)
There is no evidence that Agrippa was seriously accused, much less persecuted, for his interest in or practice of magical or occult arts during his lifetime, apart from losing several positions. It is impossible of course to cite negatively, but Nauert, the best bio-bibliographical study to date, shows no indication of such persecution, and van der Poel's careful examination of the various attacks suggest that they were founded on quite other theological grounds.
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    Posted October 13, 2012

    Bottom of page cut off

    Whoever scanned this did a horrible job. Tried the sample and noticed the last bit of each page was missing.

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