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The Middle Ages brought forth many inventions Most inventions however were actually invented by workerssmiths as opposed to scientists Millers invented waterwheels and wind mills to use for energy Inventions such as the water pump and the wheel barrel also came about in the Middle Ages In the 13th century glass workers ground lenses to make spectacles True clocks were invented during the Middle Ages before that people used sundials which relied on the sun Sometime during the 14th century springs and gears were used to control hands of clocks making clocks a great invention of the time Eventually every town in Europe had a clock in the market square In 1456 Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press Before the printing press books were written by hand usually by monks This took enormous amounts of time and money Very few people at the time could read because the price of books were so high Once the printing press came around however the rate of book making went up and the cost went down The first book to be printed was a bible This cut a load of work off of the scribes in the monasteries that previously had to hand write books It also forced literacy to be come more of a necessity in society Scientists were also appreciative of the printing press It allowed the scientists to more easily make copies of their studies and send them to other scientists The Middle Ages were a great time for the evolution of weapons The invention of the lance and the saddle improved cavalries This led to the growth of heavier armor the breeding of larger horses and the construction of better castles The earlier Chinese invention of gunpowder was expanded to manufacture guns muskets cannons and mortars These things reduced the need for close combat and shields The agricultural world also had its contributions to the list of medieval inventions Heavier plows with wheels horizontal
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