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Petrucci, Ludovicolocked

(b. c. 1575, d. in or after 1619)
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Petrucci, Ludovico (b.c. 1575, d. in or after 1619), poet and soldier, was born at Pitigliano, near Siena, son of an Italian nobleman, Ariodante Petrucci. In 1597 he was arrested by the inquisition, accused of a number of crimes relating to necromancy, including possession of magic books and summoning of spirits. In particular, he had allegedly persuaded the son of a member of the Neapolitan aristocracy to sell his soul to the devil, and provided another Neapolitan nobleman with a familiar spirit to ensure success in love. It is unclear which members of the aristocracy of ...

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