Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Gotta have Medieval Robots (UPenn Press)!

E. R. Truitt, Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature, and Art

The first comprehensive work of scholarship on European automata of the Middle Ages, Medieval Robots systematically and chronologically works through themes such as the transition from the magical to the mechanical and the liminal status of robots between art and nature, familiar and foreign. Well researched and well written, the book does an excellent job of showing the wider cultural significance of automata within medieval history and the history of science."—Pamela O. Long, author of Openness, Secrecy, Authorship: Technical Arts and the Culture of Knowledge from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Medieval robots took such forms as talking statues, mechanical animals, or silent metal guardians; some served to entertain or instruct while others performed surveillance or discipline. Medieval Robots explores the forgotten history of real and imagined machines that captivated Europe from the ninth through the fourteenth centuries.

Full Description, Table of Contents, and More

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 36 color illus.

Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4697-1 | $55.00s | £36.00

Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9140-7 | $55.00s | £36.00

A volume in the Middle Ages Series

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