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.