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.