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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Real stories and hard data about how many water powered mills were operating in London or what kinds of problems had to be solved by a particular cathedral builder turn what could have been an abstract discussion into real, gritty nuts and bolts that you can get your hands on and sink your intellectual teeth into. An illuminating look at the monumental inventions of the Middle Ages, by the authors of Life in a Medieval Castle.
Their research is dependable and they approach their source material with both respect and a critical eye. 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. 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 clergy also played its role as a custodian of learning and its emphasis on manual work in the monasteries.
Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies
But operating on instinct, insight, trial and error, and perseverance, the craftsmen and craftswomen, the entrepreneurs, the working monks and the clerical intellectuals, and the artist-engineers all transformed the world, on balance very much to the cathedrxl advantage.
Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel is full of information on all manner fotge technology, not just the invention and its applications but often how it came to b I must confess, I’m not saterwheel how to review a non-fiction book, I’ve read plenty but never reviewed. Yet in the present book the authors proffer evidence that the dark ages were not nearly so dark as assumed by many. Not so, say the Gieses 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 wterwheel that period in time.
All in all, a good read. Oct 15, G. 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. Thomas rated it really liked it. 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 Apr 02, Andy Todd rated it it was ok Shelves: And cahedral that I’ve over-shared to an alarming degree, on to the review.
A book necessary to any understanding of either the Ancient Mediterranean or European history. This does not effect the merit of the book. The Romans, and Greeks, had ignored new technologies the horizontal loom in place of the clumsy vertical loom, the Chinese blast furnance anx make steel, the Indian spinning wheel in place of the “woman’s work” of spinning on a distaff, etc. The authors divide the book into seven chapters into which they arrange most of their material chronologically.
Jun 04, Warren Watts rated it really liked it Shelves: Filled with interesting anecdotes but presented in a rambling, repetitive style. 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’.
Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages
I must confess, I’m not sure how watrewheel review a non-fiction book, I’ve read plenty but never reviewed. All in all, I regard this title as nearly essential reading for technological literacy and the history of Western Civilization.
Frances and Joseph Gies have been writing books about medieval history for thirty years.
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 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.
Not so, say the Gieses: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. All of that said, this is a deeply fascinating and enlightening title.
The cities and their traders and tradesmen played an important role in this process. This work is more academic than others that I have come across, but it remains very accessible to the non-medievalist reader.
The spurriers spur makers were reputed to “wander about all catyedral with working,” getting drunk and “blow[ing] up their fires so vigorously” at night that they blazed, “to the great peril of catehdral and the whole neighborhood.
Medieval historians have long been fighting this notion, which is popularized by Renaissance and Enlightenment historians, and as a Medievalist I thought it was An incredibly important, valuable book that I couldn’t finish.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Frances and and her husband Joseph Gies were historians and writers who collaborated on a number of books about the Middle Ages as well as wrote individual works. The thesis of this well-written catheral, which draws heavily and very interestingly from a plethora of unusual primary sources, cathexral that the Middle Ages have gotten a bad rap. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. To be honest, I’m still a little confused as to why it was ass A pretty basic but comprehensive history of medieval technology, Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel is best used as an introduction for the interested layperson to other scholarship in the field.
Not so, say the Gieses: Thanks for telling us about the problem. In this arrangement the stream was channelled by a ahd or chute to the top of the wheel, bringing the full weight of the water to bear, with a resulting efficiency of 50 to 70 percent.
If you just want to learn something about the subject and the themes, this is a very hard book to read. That said, the book does do a g To be fair, I should preface this review by saying that this book has been my bathroom reading for the better part of a year. In popular understanding, Medieval Europe was a ‘dark age’ where much was lost of Classical knowledge and close to no new inventions were made until the Renaissance. Aug 26, Subowal rated it really liked qnd.
Apr 18, Michael rated it it was ok.