This is a second-hand copy of the book Folio Society - Inventions of the Middle Ages by Chiara Frugoni.
Condition: This is a used book in very good condition. Very light staining to top of slipcase - see photos.
Publisher: Folio Society Year: 2007 Format: Hardback with slipcase Pages: 186 Condition: Used (Very Good)
The middle ages have often been depicted as a period in which life had few comforts. Diet and health were poor, learning was preserved only for the select few through the monasteries and even the nobility had to do without. Nonsense, says the great medieval scholar Chiara Frugoni, in this delightful examination of the many inventions we owe to the Middle Ages. This backward period gave us printed books, spectacles, anesthetics, pets, chequebooks, glazed windows, clocks, underwear, playing cards, the fireplace, universities, and the wheelbarrow. Inventions, items, and ideas without which our lives would be poorer, more painful, and definitely less healthy. The evidence is provided by a rich seam of medieval art and letters. Eyeglasses, for example, turn up regularly on the noses of devotional figures in the corners of illuminated manuscripts, and a mechanical clock chimes sweetly in Dante's Divine Comedy. Frugoni reveals charming, remarkable stories of how each innovation began. The fork considered an instrument of sin by 12th-century churchmen, found its salvation as a means of dealing with that hot and slippery Italian foodstuff pasta, also invented at this time. From a father upbraiding his student son for playing at dice and visiting the most disreputable places to the way gunpowder enabled men of base extraction and modest physical prowess to render years of training in the chivalric arts meaningless, what is revealed here is the unique character of the Middle Ages itself.
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