The Creation Of Castles And The Gothic Style

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During the Medieval period, many technological advances were made. Some of the technology included watermills, windmills, the printing press, and advances in architecture such as the creation of castles and the Gothic style. Each invention had many different uses. The watermill used a water wheel or turbine that helped to make the process of grinding flour or fixing lumber, quicker and easier. The watermill was created during the early 7th century and noticeably spread throughout Europe a century later. There were two types of watermills, one was powered with a vertical waterwheel and the other was powered with a horizontal waterwheel. Watermills lived up to their name by using the power of water to mill and later became associated with…show more content…
The printing press was an invention that was used to print ink evenly on another material such as paper or cloth. The printing press challenged previous methods of printing and led to the first assembly line-style of the mass production of books. The creation of such a device improved the movable type mechanical printing advancements during the Medieval period and was credited to Johannes Gutenberg in 1450. The introduction of the printing press led to a grand new era of mass communication. This new invention was mostly popular with the lower class of that time because owning handwritten books represented wealth and status (Underwood). Another advancement during the Medieval period was the creation of castles. Castles appeared and lasted during the time of 1000 ADE to 1550 AD. Countless numbers of people described castles as private and well fortified. Many of the castles were usually built and owned by locally old-fashioned lords. Castles became increasingly important as statements of power or prestige and depending on their size or magnificence, they would reflect greatly upon the strength or wealth of their inhabitant. Castles served many uses such as domestic, administrative, or military purposes. Many castles were often used as offensive tools during times of war or strife and were also used as a base of operations due to the fortifications each castle retained. Castles were usually equipped with a
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