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Trithemius, Johannes
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Trithemius, Johannes, * 1 Feb 1462 (Trittenheim), † 16 Jan 1516 (Würzburg)

1. Life and Work

Benedictine abbot of St. Martin at Sponheim, 1483-1505, and of St. Jacob at Würzburg, 1506-1516. Notable for writings in the fields of monastic instruction, mystical theology, ecclesiastical history, Christian humanism, demonology, and → magic. In his capacity as a working magician Trithemius is counted among the pioneers of the art of cryptography, his foremost contrib…

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Brann, Noel L., “Trithemius, Johannes”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 24 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_365>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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