Faust was a sixteenth century magician who became famous in both legend and literature. There is much to suggest that he actually existed, and Trithemius referenced him in a letter he wrote in 1507. He speaks of him as being a fool, and mentions that he pretended to restore the writings of the ancients if they were wiped from all human memory, and he also blasphemed about the miracles performed by Christ.
One of the canons of the German church also spoke of him as a charlatan in the same letter. Johann Gast, a protestant pastor of Basel knew him well and believed that his horse and dog were familiars. Faust was also mentioned in a book written by Weir, a protector of witches, who viewed him as a drunkard. Weir stated that Faust was eventually mentioned by Satan, but many other sources state that Faust was a notorious wandering magician, whose personality won him fame.