Wizards: An Amazing Journey through the Last Great Age of Magic

by Candace Savage

Greystone Books | June 15, 2004 | Trade Paperback

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Wizards takes us on a fabulous journey through the last great age of magic-when sorcerers read the future in crystal balls and village healers made potions from dried worms-to the threshold of the Age of Science. Covering all aspects of the magical arts, Candace Savage describes the Dark Arts, the realm of the devil; Natural Magic, which used ordinary objects like dried flowers and ear wax to perform miraculous cures; divination, or the art of looking into the unknown world; astrology, the art of reading the stars; and alchemy, the search for the mysterious philosopher's stone.

As wizards pursued their research, it was only a matter of time before they began developing mathematical formulas and scientific theories. Thus began the Age of Science, the final chapter in the wizards' quest to unlock the secrets of the hidden world. The text is illustrated with a wide range of images drawn from archival and historical sources, contemporary culture, and children's book illustrations.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 11.2 × 9 × 0.4 in

Published: June 15, 2004

Publisher: Greystone Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553650395

ISBN - 13: 9781553650393

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Wizards: An Amazing Journey through the Last Great Age of Magic

by Candace Savage

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 11.2 × 9 × 0.4 in

Published: June 15, 2004

Publisher: Greystone Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553650395

ISBN - 13: 9781553650393

About the Book

This book takes readers back to the 17th century, when magic was part of everyday life. Wizards begins in 1655 with 12-year-old Isaac Newton serving as apprentice to an apothecary. He learns to mix healing potions and marvels at the secret powers of nutmeg and dried newts. In this atmosphere of magic and mystery, the determined schoolboy sets out to master the hidden powers that make the universe work.Author Candace Savage describes natural magic, divination, astrology, alchemy, and the dark arts. She also explains how magic and science were interconnected during that era, and how most people saw no distinction between them. The wizards' quest to unlock the secrets of the hidden world leads some, including Newton, into the realm of mathematics and science. These pioneers develop mathematical formulas and calculate the effects of gravity, among other scientific accomplishments. As the book ends in 1693, Newton, now famous for his laws of gravity and thermodynamics, has helped lead the Scientific Revolution.

From the Publisher

Wizards takes us on a fabulous journey through the last great age of magic-when sorcerers read the future in crystal balls and village healers made potions from dried worms-to the threshold of the Age of Science. Covering all aspects of the magical arts, Candace Savage describes the Dark Arts, the realm of the devil; Natural Magic, which used ordinary objects like dried flowers and ear wax to perform miraculous cures; divination, or the art of looking into the unknown world; astrology, the art of reading the stars; and alchemy, the search for the mysterious philosopher's stone.

As wizards pursued their research, it was only a matter of time before they began developing mathematical formulas and scientific theories. Thus began the Age of Science, the final chapter in the wizards' quest to unlock the secrets of the hidden world. The text is illustrated with a wide range of images drawn from archival and historical sources, contemporary culture, and children's book illustrations.

About the Author

Candace Savage is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books on subjects ranging from natural history and science to popular culture. Her 5 books for young readers have been noted for their readable, intelligent, and non-patronizing treatment of complex subjects, and have been recognized by the Children's Literature Roundtable, the Children's Book Centre and the American Library Association. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Editorial Reviews

Savage writes in a reader-friendly manner; the book is beautifully designed and illustrated with all sorts of interesting images. Booklist

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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