Science and Technology in Medieval European Life

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - History - 169 pages
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Despite the popular view of medieval Europe as a Dark Age of intellectual stagnation, scientific and technological achievement thrived during this time. As any vacationer to Europe knows, churches and castles remain lasting testaments to the ingenuity of that period in history. Through carefully chosen examples which are presented in easily accessible thematic chapters, "Science and Technology in Medieval European Life" demonstrates how these two aspects of human achievement, far from being ivory-tower enterprises, impacted the daily life of people in medieval Europe. These topics will also resonate with modern readers in their own daily lives.

This reference work begins with an historical introduction that situates medieval science and technology into its social, intellectual and religious context. Among the varied topics found in the chapters are: armor making, waterwheels and waterpower, chimneys, stained glass, communication technology, ship building, medicine both academic and village, mechanical clocks, calendar creation, and astrology. For those interested in pursuing further research into this area of history, the book concludes with a chronology of events, a suggested list of further reading and a glossary.

 

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Contents

Earning a Living Agriculture and Manufacturing
1
Architecture and Construction Homes and Cathedrals
21
Transportation and Travel
41
Communication
57
Exploration at Sea and on Land
73
Technology and Warfare
87
Medicine Academic and Folk
103
The Passage of Time Calendars and Clocks
119
Science and Religion
137
Glossary
153
Further Reading
155
Index
163
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About the author (2006)

Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth is Scholar in Residence at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. Dr. Wigelsworth has taught European history and history of science at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Calgary, and Mount Royal College, Calgary. His articles have appeared in Isis, Canadian Journal of History, Journal of the Printing Historical Society, and other venues.

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