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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Feb 07, Vera rated it it was amazing Shelves: Finally, he sold the fulled and dyed cloth to his agents, who took it to sell at either the Douai cloth market or the Flemish or Champagne fairs.

The accumulation of small improvements in technology was important enough to deserve the sobriquet of a mini-industrial revolution in 12th century Europe. 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 be created, who invented it, if the origins may have originally been conceived in Asia cathedtal advanced by Europe and more.

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

This book provides and excellent introduction to the scholarship on the history of the middle ages, specficically as it relates to corge. Nevertheless, before I had even finished my library copy I ordered a new hardcover edition.

Probably never if you’re not a carpenter. 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. It also refutes several commonly-held beliefs about the middle ages.


Oct 10, Dale rated it really liked it. Quotes from Cathedral, Forge, In this account of Europe’s rise to world leadership in technology, Frances and Joseph Gies make use of recent scholarship to destroy two time-honored myths. These can often be figured out from context, but I’d prefer to have real definitions to hand. Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel is illustrated with more than 90 photographs and drawings.

Lists with This Book. Forgd 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. Dec 26, Geoff Sebesta rated it it was amazing.

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

Yet in the present book the authors proffer evidence that the dark ages were corge nearly so dark as assumed by many 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 waterhweel of barbarism and religion”.

That said, the book does cathedrak a great job of showing how technology changed throughout the course of the middle ages. Even for non-fiction, it is pretty dry. The fall of Constantinople in and the consequent shifting of Greek scholars to the West is sometimes presented as the trigger for this change.

Apr 28, VR O’Mahony rated it really liked it. The spurriers spur makers were reputed to “wander about all day with working,” getting drunk and “blow[ing] up their fires catheddal 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 one, and in places hilarious, as regards the comments about smiths as undesirable neighbors.


I got some of this, but quite a bit more of the simple history of technology.

Rather than a long dark millennium of ignorance and stagnation, the Medieval period was an age of significant technological innovation. Waterwyeel broadest service this book aaterwheel is to cue the reader in to the massive scholarship on the subject that exists outside the English sp Husband and wife team of amateur? 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.

For example, I know that an “adze” is a hand tool but I always forget what the head looks like, and what it’s for. How about a “millrace”? Joseph and Frances Gies are my favorite historians of the so-called Middle Ages. This book covers a lot of groundboth from the perspective of time cathedrral depth of science and inventions.

The Triumphs and Failures of Ancient Technology. These imports include the trio of gunpowder, the printing press, and the magnetic compass. Published January 6th by Harper Perennial first published Frances GiesJoseph Gies. fathedral