Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature, and Art

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Writing this book has taken me in directions I never expected and to places I never imagined. Many people and institutions provided support, stimulating environments, and exquisite generosity along the way. Above all, I thank Katharine Park for her sustained commitment to my development as a scholar and a human being. I am also grateful to Jan Ziolkowski for guiding me through the landscape of medieval literature with comity and humor, and Joan Cadden for patiently introducing me to the rigors of natural philosophy. Allan Brandt, Kate Cooper, Conrad Leyser, Henrietta Leyser, Charis Thompson, and Nicholas Watson also gave me the benefit of their time, goodwill, and knowledge.

The financial support I received to research and write this book was instrumental to its completion. The Embassy of France in the United States, the Lurcy Foundation, The Folger Library, and Harvard University provided funding during the early stages of my research. More recently, the Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania, and Bryn Mawr College, especially the Provost’s Office and the Center for International Studies, provided grants for travel and research. A Scholar’s Award from the National Science Foundation made it possible for me to spend a year reconceiving this project, and a Dibner Fellowship from The Huntington Library allowed me to do the final research and revisions.

Every medievalist depends on curators, librarians, and archivists. I would have been adrift without the expertise and goodwill of the special collection librarians at the Kislak Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the John Rylands University Library at the University of Manchester, the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, the Biblioteca Riccardiana, The Huntington Library, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France; the reference librarians at Villa I Tatti, The Getty Research Institute, The Warburg Institute, and Harvard University; and the archivists at the Archives nationales de France, especially Ghislain Brunel. Ingrid Sonvilla welcomed me to Schloss Hellbrunn and Thomas Schneider showed me the automata there

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