Philip Begardi, a physician in Worms

“Paradoxically, Faust was saved from the oblivion into which most contemporary necromancers and astrologers fell at least in part by his very notoriety. In 1539, around the time of his death, Philip Begardi, a physician in Worms, attested that many people had complained to him that they had been cheated by Faustus. What better way for humanists to discredit false learning and for theologians to stigmatize black magic than to portray as an object lesson such a blatant and sordid example?”
See this ref. for more on the orig. Faust.

The sin of knowledge: ancient themes and modern variations (At Amazon)

By Theodore Ziolkowski

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