The story of Saint Theophilus is an important example in the development of the theology of witchcraft. As seen in the tale, the summoning of devils was not originally considered to be a damning sin, Theophilus’s troubles come from the fact that he has sold his soul, not that he treated with the devil. This changed during the late 13th century and into the 14th century as Inquisitors such as Bernard Gui and Nicolau Aymerich sought to expand the power of the Inquisition, whose mandate was the suppression of heresy, by defining sorcery as a form of heresy. Accordingly, Theophilus would have been branded a heretic for his association with the devil.
Notable supposed deals with the devil were struck between the 15th and 18th centuries. The motif lives on among musicians until the 20th century.
- Johann Georg Faust (1466/80 – 1541), whose life was the origin of the Faust legend.
- John Fian (executed on January 27, 1591), A Doctor and school teacher who was declared as a notorious sorcerer. He confessed to have a compact with Satan during the North Berwick witch trials in Scotland which he confessed to King James as the trial proceedings were taking place but later promised that he would renounce his compact with Satan and vow to lead the life of a Christian. The next morning, he confessed that the Devil came to him in his cell dressed in all black holding a white wand, demanding Fian continue his faithful service, according to his first oath and promise that he made. Fian testified that he renounced Satan to his face saying “Avoided Satan, avoided, for I have listened too much to thee, and by the same thou hast undone me, in respect whereof I utterly forsake you.” He confessed that the devil then answered “That once ere thou die thou shall be mine.” The devil afterwards broke the white wand, and immediately vanished from his sight. He then was given a chance to lead the life he promised but the same night he stole a key to his cell and escaped. He was eventually captured and tortured until his execution.
- Urbain Grandier (1590 – 1634), seventeenth-century French priest, who was tried and burned at the stake for witchcraft. One of the documents presented at his trial was a diabolical pact he supposedly signed, which also bears what are supposed to be the seals of several demons, including that of Satan himself.
- Christoph Haizmann (1651/2 – 1700), seventeenth-century painter from Bavaria, allegedly signed two pacts to be a “bounden son” to the devil in 1668.
- Jonathan Moulton (1726 – 1787), eighteenth-century brigadier general of the New Hampshire Militia, alleged to have sold his soul to the Devil to have his boots filled with gold coins when hung by the fireplace every month.
- Giuseppe Tartini (8 April 1692 – 26 February 1770), Venetian violinist and composer, who believed that his Devil’s Trill Sonata was inspired by the Devil’s appearance before him in a dream.
- Niccolò Paganini (27 October 1782 – 27 May 1840), Italian violinist, who may not have started the rumour but played along with it.
- Philippe Musard (1793 – 1859), French composer and more importantly orchestra leader, whose wild conducting and sensuous concerts generated the rumor while a celebrity in Paris in the 1830s.
- Tommy Johnson (1896 – 1 November 1956), blues musician
- Robert Johnson (8 May 1911 – 16 August 1938), blues musician, whom legend claims to have met Satan at a crossroads and signed over his soul to play the blues and gain mastery of the guitar.
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