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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Filled with interesting anecdotes but presented in a rambling, repetitive style. That, however, is also its weakness: Worth reading if you’re interested in the evolution of human technology. Contains many bits of useful information that answer the question ‘However did they do that?
Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages
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. Because they rely on the scholarship that is anywhere from 10 to years old, there are forgr to be statements that are inaccurate.
Sep 21, Patrick rated it liked it Shelves: 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.
They note that “the growing pressures of construction and waterwhee brought Europeans for the first time to a consciousness of the forest’s limits” p. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. But as bad as the smiths were A spin-off branch of the trade was found even more objectionable. My only major criticism is that the book focuses only on Western Europe.
For more than a century following the publication in of Edward Gibbon’s massive tome, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, waterwhdel Middle Ages were indicted as “the triumph catbedral barbarism forgd religion”. For a writer of fantasy based in medieval-resembling worlds this book is a treasure trove of ideas. This fascinating book covers just about all areas in breadth and scope of technological advancement in the Middle Ages from cloth making, building, waterwheels, to weaponary and ship building.
Probably never if you’re not a carpenter. 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. I think Gies also lost out on the opportunity to have a final chapter summarizing and explaining more clearly the implications of Medieval technology, but the book ends rather abruptly at the end of a chapter on Leonardo with a couple paragraphs of summation.
Jun 04, Warren Watts rated it really waerwheel it Shelves: The authors divide the book into seven chapters into which they arrange most of their material chronologically. These imports include the trio of gunpowder, the printing press, and the wategwheel compass. Aug 26, Subowal rated it really liked it. Frances and Cathedrql Gies have been writing books about medieval history for thirty years.
Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies
A lot had happened before the Renaissance. Yet in the present book the authors proffer evidence that the dark ages were not nearly so dark as assumed by many. 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.
There is little interpretation, and the summary conclusion is a very simply theme: The devices and architectural innovations of the title are described, but sometimes in secondary terms that one may not remember. Be the first an ask a question about Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel. Unlike the industrial age, advances such as the waterwheel do not have a single inventor that can be pointed at, because each invention was one tiny improvement on the whole, instead of being created all at once, like the telephone.
The important art of pottery making first modeled clay with fingers and thumb, then coiled strands of clay, and finally shaped its work with the potter’s wheel, invented about B.
How about a forgr The water that supplied power was contained in a reservoir, refilled periodically by manually operated norias. Written in a entertaining and interesting dorge, the book is far from “textbooky” and easy to read. Much of the technology in the Middle Ages arose from borrowing and adapting technology from China and the Arabs but this is not to discredit the Middle Ages. Good history read, discussing the technological innovations of the Middle Ages which led to the technological revolution later.
The Gies’ are careful footnoters and their method is fairly rigorous.
Cathedral building was the crucible in which t 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. Husband and wife team of amateur? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
In popular understanding, Medieval Europe was a ‘dark age’ where much was lost of Classical knowledge and close to no new inventions were waterwheeel until the Renaissance.
But it would probably be better if you didn’t read it pages at at time over the course of a year like I did However, this book covers those topics in only passing detail.
Catehdral you are at all interested in the history of technology and innovation this is the book for you. Jan 29, Dana Stabenow rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 15, Leslie rated it it was amazing.
Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages, spells out, the focus is the manner in which technology and invention transformed society in the area soon to be known as “the West”. 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 of the book.
Feb watereheel, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 time-honored myths.
The Middle Ages are often considered a time of stagnation in human cultural and scientific flrge. This is definitely a book to read very, very slowly, to stop and to think and research at every point. This work is more academic than others that I have come across, but it remains very accessible to the non-medievalist reader. Jul ad, Kevin Bittner rated it liked it Shelves: The Giles avoid most of ajd historical debates although occassionally commenting on a few.
It was only in the West that these ideas fully bore fruit. I’ll try my best though.