Bragadini, Mark Antony (d. 1595)

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Bragadini, Mark Antony (d. 1595)

A sixteenth-century alchemist of Venice, who was beheaded in 1595 because he boasted he had made gold from a recipe that he had received from a demon. He was tried at Munich, by order of Duke William II. Two black dogs that accompanied him were also arrested, charged with being familiars, and duly tried. They were shot with an arquebuse (portable "hook-gun") in the public square.