From the author of The Gladiator comes Alan Baker's next lively and populist look at historical figures who have captured our imaginations. It's a history full of incredible characters: Paracelsus the Alchemist, a major influence on Frankenstein; Dr John Dee, the Elizabethan mathematician who talked to angels; Merlin, a key figure of Celtic mythology who later inspired Gandalf; and Aleister Crowley, the self-styled 'wickedest man alive'. But The Wizard also provides an insight into the practical uses of magic, showing how spells, sigils and talismans are thought to work, as well as covering the origins of secret magical societies and their missions. This is the first piece of narrative popular history to take fans of Tolkien and JK Rowling deep into the secret history of wizardry. Evocative and gripping, Alan Baker's history will create scenes of magic, mystery, discovery and power before our very eyes.
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