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on 1 March 2017
a superb book - shows how developed medieaval times were
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on 14 October 2003
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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on 16 October 2009
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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on 24 May 2015
Easily the best history book I've ever read. Looks of interesting facts. If you are interested in the gritty detail of the medieval era then this is fantastic.
It is not casual reading because it is fact dense. I found myself rationing it. I only allowed myself a chapter a week just so it soaked in.
Each chapter is on a very different topic. So one chapter was about the deforestation caused by dependency on wood. Another chapter was about the legal games mill owners played with water-level in the rivers and so on.
If you are North American, skip the last chapter which tries to draw parallels between a declining medieval France and a declining modern United States.
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on 14 October 2003
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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on 16 October 2014
A much needed history of that extraordinary period in history whern science and spiritual values worked together for human good.
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on 8 August 2015
Does an excellent job of mapping where the Western Industrial Revolution has its origins. It is written in an easy style which makes it the more better considering the subject matter.
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on 24 July 2014
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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on 23 April 2015
Very dry read.
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