Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel : Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages
For those who think that the middle ages were dark and devoid of serious learning and achievement this book provides the antidote. Filled with interesting detail about the technological progress and prowess of civilization in the middle ages, this history of technology by Frances and Joseph Gies makes the case that the dark ages were not so very dark. They argue that there were continuing achievements in science and other areas that provided the foundation that led directly into the Renaissance. The lines between eras cannot be drawn so very neatly.
Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel : Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages , Frances and Joseph Geis