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The life of Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Knight.

HEnry Cornelius Agrippa, Deſcended from a noble Family of Netteſhim in Belgia, Doctor of the Laws and Phyſick, Maſter of the Rols, and Judge of the ſpirituall Court, from his youth he applyed his mind to learning, and by his happy wit obtained great knowledge in all Arts and Sciences; afterwards alſo he followed the Army of the Princes, and for his valor was created Knight in the Field; when he was by theſe means famous for learning and Arms about 1530. He gave his minde to writing, and compoſed three Books Of Occult Philoſophy; afterward an Invective or Cynicall declamation of the uncertainty and vanity of all things, in which he teacheth that there is no certainty in any thing, but in the ſolid words of God, and that, to lie hid in the eminency of Gods word; he alſo wrote an Hiſtory of the double Coronation of the Emperor Charls, and alſo of the excellency of the feminine ſexe, and of the apparitions of ſpirits; but ſeeing that he publiſhed commentaries on the Ars Brevis of Raymundus Lully, and was very much addicted to Occult Philoſophy and Aſtrology, there were thoſe who thought that he enjoyed commerce with devils, whom notwithſtanding he confuted in his publiſhed Apology, and ſhewed, that he kept himſelf within the bounds of Art, 1538, He wrote many