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Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Our older son Mark, when he was a sophomore in high school, wanted to study medieval European history. When I mentioned this fact to Home School Legal Defense Association lawyer Scott Woodruff when picking him up at the airport for the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educator's Expo, he recommended Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel. Quite often the "Dark Ages" and the "Middle Ages" are thought of somewhat synonymously, although technical distinctions are maintained by many scholars, and this period of time is considered to be one of backwardness, superstition, and total lack of innovation. Kirkus Reviews notes, "In their latest medieval study, the Gieses explode the myth that the Middle Ages were unconcerned with the empirical and demonstrate that the Renaissance itself was the outcome of gradual progress made over the previous thousand years." The book discusses Asian technology brought to Europe, the Commercial Revolution, development of the High Middle Ages, and the advancements that made possible the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Christopher Columbus. It is truly a fascinating study of the historical background of Europe's rise to leadership in technology during the Middle Ages. The Gieses have devoted some thirty years to synthesizing the work of medieval scholars into a series of books on major areas of medieval history including their Daily Life in Medieval Times, which is actually a collection of three separate books, Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval Village, and Life in a Medieval City. Mr. Gies is a former technology editor for the Encyclopaedia Britannica. We purchased Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel through Barnes and Noble's website.
A superb book! The author traces the evolution of technology through the middle ages that eventually leads to the Industrial Revolution. As a World Civilizations teacher, this book has become a vital source of information. Not only does it describe, in detail, the evolution of technology in Western Europe, but it also shows the general progression and patterns of thought that are evident throughout the world at different times with regard to inventions.