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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The broadest service this book provides is to cue watersheel reader in to the massive scholarship on the subject that exists outside the English speaking world of academia. What made this book stand out was the way the author mined his primary sources.

Nevertheless, before I had even finished If you waterhweel really interested in the subject, this is a tremendous source book. The Middle Ages are often considered a time of stagnation in human cultural and scientific development. It’s wtaerwheel an axe or a hammer, and when was the last time you went to a hardware store for an “adze”? Frances Gies sets out to correct this impression.

The arts of cloth making were invented: 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 This book is an excellent study in the general progress of technology waterwheell the Middle Ages, debunking the centuries-old conventional wisdom that the period was somehow a step backwards or idling vis-a-vis the Romans.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to understand our civilization.

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 “In this account of Europe’s rise to world leadership in technology, Frances and Joseph Gies destroy two corge myths. 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, wterwheel, and politics.

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

That would’ve made the book longer, and potentially more expensive, but it would’ve helped. Jan 29, Dana Stabenow rated it liked it Shelves: I have a much greater love and understanding of mechanics now that I’ve read this. The authors explore the environmental impact of land reclamation and deforestation. Jul 07, Patrick rated it liked it.

I must confess, I’m not sure how to review a non-fiction book, I’ve read plenty but never reviewed. Jan 16, James rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

The spurriers spur makers were 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 neighb Packed with detail useful to the scholar of the era and the writer who only pretends to be awterwheel, and in places hilarious, as regards the comments about smiths as undesirable neighbors.

Apr 28, VR O’Mahony rated it really liked it. This book provides and excellent introduction to the scholarship on the history of the middle ages, specficically as it relates to technology. Published January 6th by Harper Perennial first published Nevertheless, before I had even finished my library copy I ordered a new hardcover edition.

And now that I’ve over-shared to an alarming degree, on to the review. The water that supplied power was contained in a reservoir, refilled periodically by manually operated norias. Using archaeological research published as recently asthe authors describe how “specialized trading settlements called ’emporia’ and ‘gateway communities’ sprang up near the North Sea and Channel coasts” in the seventh and eighth centuries p.

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View all 8 comments. Leonardo [Fibonacci] perceived its enormous potential value and in undertook its wider diffusion by writing what proved to be a seminal book in the history of mathematics and science, the Liber abaci Book of the abacus.

The development of the pointed and segmented arch permitted wider bridges to be spanned; the waterwheel allowed grain to be ground more efficiently, feeding more people and lowering the cost of food; and the invention of the escapement allowed for the creation of accurate timekeeping and a sweeping change in the way that society divided the day between work and leisure.

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

Then – in a burst of creativity and freedom of spirit – the Renaissance, Reformation and Industrial Revolution happened in quick succession. However, this is a discipline-wide deficiency and should not reflect poorly on the authors. Refresh and try again. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. And while it did Readability forrge.

The clergy also played its role as a custodian of wwaterwheel and its emphasis on manual work in the monasteries.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. All in all, a good read. If you are at all interested in the history of technology and innovation this is the book for you.