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He was fascinated by alchemy and magic and is alleged to have actually found the Philosopher's Stone. He was engrossed in achieving spiritual union with the Godhead.
After a military and diplomatic career under Maximillian I, King of Germany, he became a professor of Hebrew and belles-lettres at the University of Dole in France. Also, he was a respected astrologer when they were plentiful. He likewise was knowledgeable in law, theology, medicine, and philosophy. Some may have rightly called him the Renaissance Man of the occult world. A.G.H.