Institute and Museum of History of Science, Florence, ITALY
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Born in Milan, he lived from early
childhood in Prague. In 1602, he entered the order of the Capuchins,
immediately gaining a huge reputation for his talent in preaching.
After teaching briefly at the university of Vienna, Magni began a
series of pilgrimages in Central Europe, with various motives, political,
religious and cultural (he was also a Professor at Prague). In this
context, we often find him at loggerheads with the Jesuits, with whom
he was openly hostile. Perhaps due to these conflicts, he was charged
with heresy and imprisoned in Vienna in 1655. The Emperor intervened
to secure his freedom. He moved to Salzburg and remained there for
the rest of his days.