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Trithemius was born in Germany, as a magician and alchemist he studied in France, where he Latinized his name. Upon returning to Germany he served as an abbot of a monastery at Spannheim, and later at St. James of Wurzburg. His fame as an occultist came from his works in geomancy, Kabbalism, necromancy, sorcery, a book on guardian angels that govern the world (translated into English in 1647), and a book on alchemy. His work on sorcery contained the first record of the famous folk story Dr. Faustus. He is credited as having revealed to Emperor Maximillian a vision of his deceased wife. A.G.H.