Exploring History
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Exploring History

Manuscript illustration of Pope Sylvester II and the Devil (circa 1460) (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Was Pope Sylvester II a Sorcerer?

His exposure to and use of Arabic science led to claims of necromancy

Not all popes are known for their sanctity. The Middle Ages saw glut of immoral popes. But Pope Sylvester II has the distinction of being the first accused necromancer to rule the church. Religious politics saw witchery in his erudition.

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Tim Gebhart

Tim Gebhart

Retired Lawyer. Book Addict. History Buff. Lifelong South Dakotan. Blog: prairieprogressive.com