German writer, soldier, physician and magician, 1486-1535, author of De Incertitudine et Vanitate Scientiarum et artium atque Excellentia Verbi Dei Declamatio.
Fishburn and Hughes: "Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1535), a German author of Latin texts on magic and the occult who fought against the condemnation of witchcraft. He was Professor at the University of Dôle and Pavia. Persecuted by the Inquisition, he was imprisoned for a time in Brussels. His writings, based on an explanation of the world in terms of Pythagoras' numerology and a Cabbalistic interpretation of the Hebrew alphabet, aim to demonstrate that God is best reached through magic." (4)