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

3.84 avg rating
( 578 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060925819: Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages

An illuminating look at the monumental inventions of the Middle Ages, by the authors of Life in a Medieval Castle.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Historians, write Frances and Joseph Gies, have long tended to view the Middle Ages as a period of intellectual and scientific stagnation, a long era of backwardness, ignorance, and inertia. Many scholars of the Renaissance era, however, thought otherwise; the mathematician Jerome Cardan, for one, held that three medieval inventions--the magnetic compass, the printing press, and gunpowder--were of such significance that "the whole of antiquity has nothing equal to show."

In their lively history of medieval technology, the Gies team writes of such advances as the heavy plow, the Gothic flying buttress, linen undergarments, water pumps, and the lateen sail. During the medieval millennium, they suggest, a great technological and social revolution occurred "with the disappearance of mass slavery, the shift to water- and wind-power, the introduction of the open-field system of agriculture, and the importation, adaptation, or invention of an array of devices, from the wheelbarrow to double-entry bookkeeping." Many of those inventions or adaptations, brought into Europe from China and the Middle East, have scarcely been improved on today.

The medieval technological revolution, the authors conclude, came at a cost: much of Europe was deforested to make room for cropland and to fire kilns and furnaces, and mechanization made obsolete many handicraft skills. Yet, they add, the workers and inventors of the Middle Ages "all transformed the world, on balance very much to the world's advantage." --Gregory McNamee

About the Author:

Fiances and Joseph Gies have been writing books about medieval history for thirty years. Together and separately, they are the authors of more than twenty books, including Life in a Medieval City, Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval Village, The Knight in History, and Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel. They live near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Joseph Gies
ISBN 10: 0060925817 ISBN 13: 9780060925819
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EYDQW002THF

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Joseph Gies; Frances Gies
ISBN 10: 0060925817 ISBN 13: 9780060925819
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800609258190000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Gies, Joseph
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0060925817 ISBN 13: 9780060925819
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0060925817

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Gies, Joseph, and Gies, Frances
Published by Harper Perennial, New York, NY (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060925817 ISBN 13: 9780060925819
New Trade paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The First Edition
(Delaware, OH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, New York, NY, 1995. Trade paperback. Book Condition: New. 60th ed. New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 368 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Bookseller Inventory # 724767

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Gies, Joseph
ISBN 10: 0060925817 ISBN 13: 9780060925819
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1995. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VC-9780060925819

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.24
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060925817 ISBN 13: 9780060925819
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprinted edition. 198 x 132 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. An illuminating look at the monumental inventions of the Middle Ages, by the authors of Life in a Medieval Castle. The Gieses here explode the myth of the Dark Ages, showing that the Fall of Rome did not plunge Europe into stagnation and lethargy. --Booklist. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780060925819

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060925817 ISBN 13: 9780060925819
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprinted edition. 198 x 132 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. An illuminating look at the monumental inventions of the Middle Ages, by the authors of Life in a Medieval Castle. The Gieses here explode the myth of the Dark Ages, showing that the Fall of Rome did not plunge Europe into stagnation and lethargy. --Booklist. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780060925819

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Gies, Joseph
ISBN 10: 0060925817 ISBN 13: 9780060925819
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1995. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780060925819

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Joseph Gies
Published by Harper Perennial (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060925817 ISBN 13: 9780060925819
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0060925817

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Joseph Gies; Frances Gies
Published by Harper Perennial (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060925817 ISBN 13: 9780060925819
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # BKTY9780060925819

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book