Writing the clock: the reconstruction of time in the late Middle Ages

@article{Scattergood2003WritingTC,
  title={Writing the clock: the reconstruction of time in the late Middle Ages},
  author={J. Bryan Scattergood},
  journal={European Review},
  year={2003},
  volume={11},
  pages={453 - 474}
}
For most of the Middle Ages, diurnal timekeeping depended on sundials, water-clocks, and occasionally flame-clocks. However, towards the end of the thirteenth century, the mechanical clock, weight driven and regulated by a verge escapement and foliot mechanism, was developed. The earliest mechanical clocks appeared in Northern Italy but rapidly spread throughout Europe. In Jacques le Goff’s words, ‘Henceforth the clock became the measure of all things’. Early clocks were neither particularly… Expand
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