Medieval Engineers

Medieval Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction and the maintenance of architectural work and mechanical equipment using medieval technology. Players build cities, castles and fortifications; construct Mechanical Devices and Engines; and perform landscaping and underground Mining.

Medieval Engineers utilizes a realistic volumetric-based physics engine with a focus on structural integrity: all game objects can be assembled, disassembled, damaged or destroyed, and the object’s mass and structure influences its integrity. The game comes with creative mode and an early prototype of survival mode. This is the second “engineering” game developed by Keen Software House. The first is Space Engineers, which sold over 1 million copies in its first year and is still a bestseller.

Medieval Engineers concentrates on construction aspects, but can be played as an action game too. It is expected that players will avoid engaging in direct man-to-man combat and instead use their creativity and engineering skills to build war machines and fortifications. Medieval Engineers shouldn’t be about troops; it should be about the Machinery you build. Inspired by real medieval technology and the way people built architectural works and mechanical equipment using medieval technology. Medieval Engineers strives to follow the laws of physics and real history and doesn’t use technologies that were not available in the 5th to 15th century.

Medieval Engineers is currently in development and is expected to be released into beta February 19, 2015.


*Above product description is from the Medieval Engineers Wiki

Building the Great Cathedrals

From PBS:

Take a dazzling architectural journey inside those majestic marvels of Gothic architecture, the great cathedrals of Chartres, Beauvais and other European cities. Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, some cathedrals now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, a team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues. NOVA investigates the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their towering, glass-filled walls and reveals the hidden formulas drawn from the Bible that drove medieval builders ever upward.

Watch at pbs.org.

*Cover photo by Wigulf, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License

 

How England was built – Professor Simon Thurley

How England was Built

The English Middle Ages saw the construction of some of the world’s greatest buildings, structures that still shape our towns, cities and countryside and mould our national identity. This tradition continued into modern times and beyond. These lectures give a controversial new view of how England has been built starting with the departure of the Romans and ending in the present day. These lectures were delivered by Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, in his role as Visiting Gresham Professor. All information about these lectures and all future free public lectures can be found on the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk

Cathedrals of Britain

From the BBC:

The cathedrals of Britain span the millennium – from the cathedrals dating from the 1100s to the modern cathedrals found in Liverpool and Coventry. They display a wide array of architectural styles from Early English Gothic, to the majesty of the Renaissance at St Paul’s and the sixties modernism of Liverpool’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. In the Middle Ages and up to the Reformation in the 1500s, the Church enjoyed enormous power and wealth, and cathedrals are eloquent symbols of its dominant place in British society.

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This article cover:

  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Michael’s of Conventry
  • Winchester Cathedral
  • Wells Cathedral
  • St. Magnus Cathedral
  • Lincoln Cathedral
  • Liverpool’s Cathedrals

with links to many other cathedrals in Britain.

You might also find interesting the BBC video, “The Medieval Mind: How to Build a Cathedral.

Canterbury Celebrates 1000 Years of History

Canterbury Cathedral - Medieval England - Gothic Architecture - Medieval History - Middle Ages HistoryFrom canterbury.ac.uk:

A unique glimpse into 1000 years of Canterbury’s history was unveiled by broadcaster and renowned historian Dr David Starkey at the Sidney Cooper Gallery on Friday 5 February.

Funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, the exhibition Canterbury: England’s Crucible, will bring the City’s history to life in a way that has never been tackled before. Especially designed for children and families, the exhibition uses 20 exclusively created, giant art panels to tell the city’s story alongside local archaeological gems, a free city trail and interactive fun to explain the city’s significance throughout the ages.

For more information visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/crucible-history. The free exhibition, which covers Canterbury’s history from 597 – 1603, runs through March 27th.

*photo taken by Hans Musil, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike Generic license

Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey - Medieval England - Middle Ages History - Medieval History - ArchitectureAs one of the most recognizable religious buildings in England, Tewkesbury Abbey stands along the river Avon on a site possibly once occupied by an 8th century Benedictine monastery. In the year 1087, King William gave the Manor of Tewkesbury to Robert FitzHamon, and in 1092, Robert and the Abbot Giraldus founded the abbey.

Tewkesbury has two prominent architectural styles: the eight-bay nave (completed in 1121) with Norman piers and arches, and the Decorated-style chancel, which still contains the original medieval windows. The abbey’s long nave, including its Romanesque tower, is one of the longest and most magnificent in all of England. Even though the abbey was founded in 1092, construction of the present abbey did not actually begin until 1102. Tewkesbury was consecrated in the year 1121.

After Robert Fitzhamon’s death in 1107, Robert’s son-in-law, Robert Fitzroy, took over the building project. Fitzroy was the illegitimate son of King Henry I and the first Earl of Gloucester.

One of the greatest patrons of the abbey was the Lady Eleanor le Despenser of the de Clare family, who were heirs of FitzRoy.

The famous Battle of Tewkesbury during the Wars of the Roses was fought near this site, and after the battle, some of the defeated Lancastrians fled to the abbey for protection, but the Yorkist forces led by King Edward IV chased them down and slaughtered them.

Today, the abbey is undergoing conservation work. Plans for the future include: work on the walls of the tower, the transepts, and the south side of the monastery.

Main Sources:

http://www.tewkesburyabbey.org.uk/his.htm

http://www.timeref.com/hpl619.htm

Medieval History Term of the Week: Corbel

Corbel - Medieval Architecture - Cathedrals - CastlesCorbel
[kawr-buhl]
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from diminutive of corp raven, from Latin corvus — more at raven

1) A stone or timber bracket supporting a projection from a wall. (Gies, Joseph and Francis. Life in a Medieval Castle, 225)

2) Projecting stone used to support a timber beam or joint of a roof or floor. (Kenyon, John R. Medieval Fortifications, 211)

*term definitions retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (http://www.netserf.org/)
**image comes from Dictionary of French Architecture from 11th to 16th Century (1856) by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc

Canterbury Cathedral Held Together by Duct Tape

According to an article at telegraph.co.uk,

Pillars holding up Canterbury Cathedral, the mother church of Anglicanism, are being held together with duct tape because of a shortage of money to carry out urgent repairs …

… A fifth of the structure’s internal marble pillars are currently held together by duct tape.

In July, masonry around the Great South Window fell out, forcing the authorities to fence off the area around the window and south entrance to protect the public.

There are fears that the fourteenth century window, which is 80ft tall, could collapse unless work is carried out immediately. It is estimated that the repairs for this alone will cost at least £500,000 and could take up to 12 months, delaying other projects.

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Medieval History Term of the Week: Apse

Apse
[aps]
Etymology: Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin apsis, from Latin

1) The domed or vaulted east end of the church. In Britain the apse is generally squared off, while on the continent, rounded apses were common. (Glossary of Church Architecture, retrieved from BritainExpress.com)

2) Part of a building semi-circular in plan. (Martindale, Andrew. Gothic Art, 268)

3) Semicircular or polygonal end to a building. (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 409)

*Definitions #2 and #3 retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (http://www.netserf.org/Glossary)