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A list of medieval wizards, including both real and legendary wizards and sorcerers. Wizards from the middle ages are the course of our modern concept of wizards. Merlin was a medieval wizard. The dark ages were a frightening time in the western world: Rome had fallen, the church had filled the void, and the occult was on the rise. While some may equate the occult with Satanism, this is a misnomer. Occultists and mystics are not the same as cultists.

Occultists simply study the unknown, bordering on the supernatural. To an unfamiliar eye, modern science could seem like magic or sorcery. For mystics and real-life wizards, white magic vs. black magic was hardly the point, as knowledge was the ultimate goal. Even modern practitioners of witchcraft, wiccans, are benevolent. So, beyond the spells and potions this list of famous wizards is a list of those who sought knowledge of the unknown, you might even call them... scientists. No matter what you call them, you'll find plenty of recognizable wizard names on this list.

Who are some medieval wizards? Take a look at this list and you'll some of the famous ones.
Abraham Abulafia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Medieval Wizards
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Abraham ben Samuel Abulafia, the founder of the school of "Prophetic Kabbalah", was born in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1240, and is assumed to have died sometime after 1291, following a stay on the small and windswept island of Comino, the smallest of the three inhabited islands that make up the Maltese ...more

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Age: Died at 51 (1240-1291)

Birthplace: Zaragoza, Spain

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Albertus Magnus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Medieval Wizards
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Albertus Magnus, O.P., also known as Albert the Great and Albert of Cologne, is a Catholic saint. He was a German Dominican friar and a Catholic bishop. He was known during his lifetime as doctor universalis and doctor expertus and, late in his life, the term magnus was appended to his name. ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1193-1280)

Birthplace: Lauingen, Germany

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#5 on Famous Supernatural Writers

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Gilles de Rais is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Medieval Wizards
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Serial Killer

Gilles de Montmorency-Laval, Baron de Rais, was a knight and lord from Brittany, Anjou and Poitou, a leader in the French army, and a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc. He is best known for his reputation and later conviction as a presumed serial killer of children. A member of the House of ...more

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Age: Died at 36 (1404-1440)

Birthplace: Champtocé-sur-Loire, France

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Arthurian Wizard
Morgan le Fay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Medieval Wizards
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Queen Morgan le Fay, alternatively known as Morgan le Faye, Morgen, Morgaine, Morgain, Morgana, Morganna, Morgant, Morgane, Morgne, Morge, Morgue, and other names, is a powerful enchantress in the Arthurian legend. Early works featuring Morgan do not elaborate her character beyond her role as a fay ...more

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#21 on The Greatest Fictional Queens

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Nicolas Flamel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Medieval Wizards
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Nicolas Flamel was a successful French scribe and manuscript-seller. After his death Flamel developed a reputation as an alchemist believed to have discovered the Philosopher's Stone and achieved immortality. However, these legendary accounts only appeared in the seventeenth century. According to ...more

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Birthplace: Pontoise, France

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Ramon Llull is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Medieval Wizards
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Syncretic Mystic

Ramon Llull, T.O.S.F. was a Majorcan writer and philosopher, logician and a Franciscan tertiary. He is credited with writing the first major work of Catalan literature. Recently surfaced manuscripts show him to have anticipated by several centuries prominent work on elections theory. He is also ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1232-1315)

Birthplace: Palma, Majorca, Spain

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Roger Bacon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Medieval Wizards
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Roger Bacon, OFM, was an English philosopher and Franciscan friar who placed considerable emphasis on the study of nature through empirical methods. He is sometimes credited as one of the earliest European advocates of the modern scientific method inspired by Aristotle and later Arabic scholars such ...more

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Age: Died at 80 (1214-1294)

Birthplace: Ilchester, United Kingdom

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