An illuminating look at the monumental inventions of the Middle Ages, by the authors of Life in a Medieval Castle. change in historical theory that has come to perceive technological innovation in all ages as primarily a social process rather than a disconnected series of. LibraryThing Review. User Review – TLCrawford – LibraryThing. I truly enjoyed reading Frances and Joseph Gies’ Cathedral, Forge and.
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Though written init feels curiously old-fashioned at points. The accumulation of small improvements in technology was important enough to deserve the sobriquet of a mini-industrial revolution in 12th century Europe.
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To be honest, I’m still a little confused as to waterwherl it was assigned for a graduate level course in medieval history—is there nothing more up-to-date and less lightweight out there? It was only in fkrge West that these ideas fully bore fruit.
Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: This is a wonderful discussion of a generally ignored topic: Some of these included the magnetic compass which would enable the voyages of discovery in the fifteenth century, water power for industry, and new designs for ships with full rigging.
Once Europe settled down after the fall of the Western Roman Empire a slow but sure process of rebuilding the economy and institutions began. Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel is illustrated with more than 90 photographs and drawings. The Gieses also collect quite a pile of evidence against the secularist prejudice which I held that the Christian Church of medieval Europe was primarily responsible for keeping the population ignorant and benighted.
Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies
Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages. I found the information on all of the technology that came from China and India quite fascinating, as well as similar technology that was developed independent A very succinct look at human technical ingenuity, from the 6th to 16th centuries. This work is more academic than others that I have come across, but it remains very accessible to the non-medievalist reader.
The same waterwheel turned a series of shafts, gears, and wheels working the bells and drums that announced the time like nearly all early mechanical clocks, Su Sung’s had no face. Nevertheless, before I had even finished If you are really interested in the subject, this is a tremendous source book. Topics that could be dry ad boring are presented in a way that lend them life and spirit catjedral make for an interesting read. I read this book several years ago, and strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in either medieval history or the history of technology.
Contains many bits of useful information that answer the question ‘However did they do that?
Nimrods Tower Noahs Ark. Dec 15, Leslie rated it it was amazing. An endless-chain drive slowly turned a celestial globe and an armillary sphere one revolution per day. And the information density isn’t quite what I’d hoped for either. Jun 04, Warren Watts rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jan 23, Mark rated fkrge liked it Shelves: Even for non-fiction, it is pretty dry.
In the chapter on “The Not so Dark Ages: I would recommend this book as an eye-opener for anyone who assumes the ‘Dark Ages’ were a time of stagnation, other writers of fantasy and anyone intrigued by that period in time. These can often be figured out from context, but I’d prefer to have real definitions to hand.
Oct 10, Dale rated it really liked it. Trivia About Cathedral, Forge, The houses of the rich drapers like Jehan Boinebroke clustered in Europe’s first beau quartier residential districts, while the warrens of tenements that housed the families of the weavers formed the first proletarian slums.
For more than a century following the publication in of Edward Gibbon’s massive tome, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages were indicted as “the triumph of barbarism and religion”. Probably never if you’re not a carpen Mostly excellent. Indeed, the technological springboard from which Europe was propelled into modernity was built during the middle ages.
This book is an excellent study in the general progress of technology during the Middle Ages, debunking the centuries-old conventional wisdom that the period was somehow a step backwards or idling vis-a-vis the Romans. The Gieses show how Europe synthesized its own innovations – the three-field system, water power in industry, the full-rigged ship, the putting-out system – into a powerful new combination of technology, economics, and politics.
Inventions made elsewhere, mostly in China, were quickly adopted and adapted to Watewrheel needs. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This fascinating book covers just about all areas in breadth and scope of technological advancement in the Middle Ages from cloth For those who still think the Middle Ages is a period of “dark ages” this book would be a good place to start to dispell that myth.
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Joseph and Frances Gies are my favorite historians of the so-called Middle Ages. Since I’m guessing that’s not how this book was intended to be read, it probably had a somewhat deleterious effect on my perception ad the book. And while it did Readability 6. I marked every inspiring piece with a flag, for a peek at what this book looked like part-way through look at this post from my blog: The Triumphs and Failures of Ancient Technology.
This is definitely a book to read very, very slowly, to stop and to think and research at every point.
Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages
The Gies’ are careful footnoters and their method znd fairly rigorous. The broadest service this book provides is to cue the reader in to the massive scholarship on the subject that exists outside the English speaking world of academia. Stuff that I learned in grade school and never questioned until now Though it’s obvious in retrospect that some of these things were nonsense.
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