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The Leaven of the Ancients : Suhrawardi and the Heritage of the Greeks
coverCathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel : Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies (Contributor)

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. Myth One: that Europe's leap forward occurred suddenly in the "Renaissance," following centuries of medieval stagnation. Not so, say the Gieses: Early modern technology and experimental science were direct outgrowths of the decisive innovations of medieval Europe, in the tools and techniques of agriculture, craft industry, metallurgy, building construction, navigation, and war. Myth Two: that Europe achieved its primacy through "Western" superiority. On the contrary, the authors report, many of Europe's most important inventions - the horse harness, the stirrup, the magnetic compass, cotton and silk cultivation and manufacture, papermaking, firearms, "Arabic" numerals - had their origins outside Europe, in China, India, and Islam. The Gieses show how Europe synthesized its own innovations - the three-field system, water power in industry, the full-rigged ship, the putting-out system - into a powerful new combination of technology, economics, and politics. From the expansion of medieval man's capabilities, the voyage of Columbus with all its fateful consequences is seen as an inevitable product, while even the genius of Leonardo da Vinci emerges from the context of earlier and lesser-known dreamers and tinkerers. Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel is illustrated with more than 90 photographs and drawings.

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A main portal for virtual tours of gothic cathedrals around the world, this site also features a 'virtual' medieval abbey and essays on everyday medieval life, an illustrated glossary of medieval building terms, original photography, and a recommended book list. 

Medieval Technology

The Medieval Technology Pages are an attempt to provide accurate, referenced information on technological innovation and related subjects in western Europe during the Middle Ages.

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Medieval Society

The PSC Medieval Society was founded by students and faculty to study the people, culture and history of the Middle Ages. Although one of the aims of the Society is to bring the recognition Plymouth State deserves as a college for Medieval Studies, our rapidly growing group welcomes students from any course of study. Today the Medieval Society is proud to be part of a PSC tradition of academic purpose, excellence and fun!

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bulletExemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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bulletTexas Medieval Association Home Page
bulletWWW Virtual Library for Medieval Studies


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Galgano Guidotti from Chiusdino (1148-1181), hermit and from Tuscany, mysterious saint.

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