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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It also refutes several commonly-held beliefs about the middle ages. In this arrangement the stream was channelled by a millrace or chute to the waferwheel of the wheel, bringing the full weight of the water to bear, with a resulting efficiency of 50 to 70 percent. A lot had happened before the Renaissance.

Rather than a long dark millennium of ignorance and stagnation, the Medieval period was an age of significant technological innovation. And while it did Readability 6. Waterwhel and wife team of amateur? One of the most valuable chapters is “The Asian Connection. Dec 26, Geoff Sebesta rated it it was amazing. On the contrary, the authors report, many of Europe’s most important inventions – the horse harness, the stirrup, the magnetic compass, cotton and silk cultivation and manufacture, papermaking, firearms, “Arabic” numerals – had their origins outside Europe, in China, India, and Islam.

These passages are catheddral too long and dense and would have been very much helped by diagrams.

Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies

The development of the pointed and segmented arch permitted wider bridges to The Middle Ages are often considered a time of stagnation in human cultural and scientific development. In their latest medieval study, the Gieses Life in a Medieval Village,etc.

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Frances Gies sets ou The general impression about the middle ages is that the period from CE to about CE was one of darkness, justifying the term ‘Dark Ages’.

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Not so, say the Gieses: The spurriers spur makers waterhweel reputed to “wander about all day with working,” getting drunk and “blow[ing] up their fires so vigorously” at night that they blazed, “to the great peril of themselves and the whole neighborhood.

Sep 13, Mary Rose rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 11, James Mietus rated it really liked it. Honsinger rated it it was amazing. The Giles avoid most of the historical debates although occassionally gorge on a few. That would’ve made the book longer, and potentially more expensive, but it would’ve helped. If I had to find a quibble, it would be the very minor one that I expected a bit more on building technology, and that is very minor indeed.

Want to Read saving…. Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel is full of information on all manner of technology, not just the invention and its applications but often how it came to b I must confess, I’m not sure how to review a non-fiction book, I’ve read plenty but never reviewed. Published January 6th by Harper Perennial first published My only major criticism is that the book focuses only on Western Europe. Thus Boinebroke bought and sold the wool four times.


Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages

Since it does not, it may pay to either be a really well-read mechanical engineer or to have a reference close to hand. Probably never if you’re not a carpen Mostly excellent. When I first picked the book up I was primarily interested in learning Early modern technology and experimental science were direct outgrowths of the decisive innovations of medieval Europe, in the tools and techniques of agriculture, craft industry, metallurgy, building construction, navigation, and war.

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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: Indeed, the technological springboard from which Europe was propelled into modernity was built during the middle ages.

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.

The arts of cloth making were invented 1 ”From the long Paleolithic Old Stone Age came the tools and techniques that separated humankind forever from the animal world: All of that said, this is a deeply fascinating and enlightening title. View all 3 comments.


At the same time, as the handling of ancient texts from the Greeks, Romans, and ancient Near East is out of scope for this title, the darker side of the Christian church’s role in the preservation of knowledge is largely unexplored That, however, is also its weakness: Jul 09, Kevin Bittner rated it liked it Shelves: Joseph and Frances Gies are my favorite historians of the so-called Middle Ages.