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

  title={Writing the clock: the reconstruction of time in the late Middle Ages},
  author={J. Bryan Scattergood},
  journal={European Review},
  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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He is the editor of 'The Works of Sir John Clanvowe' (1975)
  • The Complete English Poems' (1983), and the author of a number of critical books, most recently Reading the Past: Essays on Medieval and Renaissance Literature (1996) and The Lost Tradition: Essays on Middle English Alliterative Poetry
  • 2000
On calendars and the intellectual problems and issues involved in constructing them see D. Ewing Duncan (1998) The Calendar
  • 1998
Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers 3rd revised edn (Woodbridge: Antique Collectors Club)
  • 1994
L'Orloge Amoureus de Froissart ou la Machine a Tuer le Temps
  • Le Temps, sa Mésure et sa Perception au Moyen Age
  • 1991