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5.0 out of 5 stars Technology of the pre-Technological Era, 14 Oct 2003
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
Gimpel provides a classic study of the technology of the Middle Ages. The Industrial Revolution is associated with innovation and invention, but ingenuity and science had not suddenly been discovered. Gimpel looks at the inventiveness of the medieval mind, its rediscovery and application of older methods. He explores the social and economic demands and consequences of technology. An essential read for any writer trying to capture the mood of the times and dispel myths that this was some fantasy age of religion and magic but no science or engineering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost forgotten history, 16 Oct 2009
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S. C. Gilbert "Industrial Archaeologist" (East Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is an authoritative account of a period in history that is largely unknown or understood. Most historians place their emphasis on the social aspects of the time, but this well researched book presents a picture from the technological point of view. Absolutely fascinating!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Industrial Technology, 14 Oct 2003
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
Gimpel provides a classic study of the technology of the Middle Ages. The Industrial Revolution is associated with innovation and invention, but ingenuity and science had not suddenly been discovered. Gimpel looks at the inventiveness of the medieval mind, its rediscovery and application of older methods. He explores the social and economic demands and consequences of technology. An essential read for any writer trying to capture the mood of the times and dispel myths that this was some fantasy age of religion and magic but no science or engineering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new light on the Middle Ages, 24 July 2014
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Excellent account of the advances made in medieval times in Europe. Well written and very informative. Gave me a new insight into the medieval period.
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