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Medieval Robots

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.

Medieval Robots
Mechanism, Magic, Nature, and Art

E. R. Truitt

2015 | 296 pages | Cloth $55.00 | Paper $24.95
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Table of Contents

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Introduction. The Persistence of Robots: An Archaeology of Automata
Chapter 1. Rare Devices: Geography and Technology
Chapter 2. Between Art and Nature: Natura artifex, Neoplatonism, and Literary Automata
Chapter 3. Talking Heads: Astral Science, Divination, and Legends of Medieval Philosophers
Chapter 4. The Quick and the Dead: Automata, Memorial Statues, and Corpses
Chapter 5. From Texts to Technology: Mechanical Marvels in Courtly and Public Pageantry
Chapter 6. The Clockwork Universe: Keeping Sacred and Secular Time


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