De Boville (or Bovillus or Bovelles), Charles
(ca. 1470–ca. 1553)
A French mathematician and philologist who also wrote on
occult philosophy. He was born in Saucourt, Picardy, France,
around 1470, the son of an aristocrat. He was educated in Paris,
traveled across Europe, and became a priest. De Boville promulgated
in his work De sensu the opinion held in ancient times
that the world is alive, an idea also imagined by Felix Nogaret.
(Twentieth-century books on this theme include The Living
Universe, by Sir Francis Younghusband (1933), and The Earth
is Alive, by François Derrey (1968).) Other works by De Boville
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. De Boville, Charles
include his Lettres, the Life of Raymond Lully, Traite des douze nombres,
and Trois Dialogues sur l’Immortalitè de l’Ame, le Rèsurrection,
et la Fin du Monde. He died in Noyon, France, about 1553.