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Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535)

By Patti Wigington

Early Years of Agrippa:

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim was born in Cologne, France, 1486, but beyond that, little is known about his early years. In 1499, he entered university at Cologne. Over the course of his education, he learned eight languages, and studied alchemy and hermetic philosophy. He took a position as secretary to Maximilian I, king of Germany and Rome, and spent a good deal of time socializing with scholars and nobles. According to scholar Charles Nauert, rumor has it that Agrippa formed or joined a secret society in Paris at this time.

Agrippa the Educator & Feminist:

In 1509 Agrippa joined the teaching staff at the University of Dole, France, where he lectured on Johann Reuchlin’s De Verbo Mirifico, which expounded on cabbalistic theory and ideas. When local clergy denounced him as a heretic, Agrippa tried to win the support of Maximilian’s daughter Margaret of Austria, by writing The Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex, which touted the moral and spiritual superiority of women. The work was never published, and Margaret never intervened on his behalf.

Read the original article at: Pattis Paganism

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