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Dressmaking and Accessories

The Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Making Common Garments 1200-1500
By Sarah Thursfield, Ruth Bean (Editor), Nigel Bean (Editor)
Paperback 224 pages (October 31, 2001) Publisher: Ruth Bean Publishers
ISBN: 0903585324
An excellent guide to making costume, but this book is aimed at those who are used to dress making.
 
The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing 16th-Century Dress
By Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies
Paperback 160 pages (30 April 2006) Publisher: Costume & Fashion Press
ISBN: 0896762556
A guide, similar to the Medieval Tailor, but for the 16th Century
 
THE KING’S SERVANTS: Men’s dress at the accession of Henry VIII
By Caroline Johnson, Jane Malcolm-Davies & Ninya Mikhaila (Editors)
Paperback 48 pages (1 Jun 2009) Publisher: Fat Goose Press Ltd
ISBN: 0956267408
A specific look at the dress of the male servants of Henry VIII.

Dress Accessories C.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London S.)
By Geoff Egan, Frances Pritchard, Christina Unwin (Illustrator)
Hardcover 426 pages (May 2, 2004) Publisher: The Boydell Press
ISBN: 0851158390
A very informative, factual, diagrammatical, account of the finds in London, that makes this book an excellent reference piece of work.

Textiles and Clothing, C.1150-1450: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London S.)
By Elisabeth Crowfoot, Frances Pritchard, Kay Staniland, Christina Unwin (Illustrator)
Hardcover 250 pages (June 1, 2001) Publisher: The Boydell Press
ISBN: 0851158404
A very informative, factual, diagrammatical, account of the finds in London, that makes this book an excellent reference piece of work.

Shoes and Pattens (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London S.)
By Frances Grew, Margrethe De Neergaard, Susan Mitford (Illustrator)
Hardcover 152 pages (November 2, 2001) Publisher: The Boydell Press
ISBN: 0851158382
A very informative, factual, diagrammatical, account of the finds in London, that makes this book an excellent reference piece of work.

Knives and Scabbards (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London S.)
By Geoff Egan (Foreword), Nick Griffiths, Jane Cowgill, Margrethe De Neergaard, N. Griffiths (Illustrator)
Hardcover 184 pages (October 5, 2000) Publisher: The Boydell Press
ISBN: 0851158056
A very informative, factual, diagrammatical, account of the finds in London, that makes this book an excellent reference piece of work.

Medieval Cookery

The Medieval Cookbook
By Maggie Black
Paperback 144 pages (February 12, 1996) Publisher: British Museum Press
ISBN: 071410583X
This is an excellent book to buy as an introduction to medieval cookery and recipes.

Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks
By Constance Hieatt, Sharon Butler, Brenda M. Hosington (Editor)
Paperback 200 pages (February 1996) Publisher: University of Toronto Press Inc.
ISBN: 0802076327
A good source of recipes, although the quantites are American.

The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy
By Odile Redon, Francoise Sabban, Silvano Serventi, Edward Schneider (Translator)
Paperback 300 pages (March 1, 2000) Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226706850
A good collection of recipes but you must be aware not to use recipes that include ingredients that were not available in England.

Archery

Longbow: A Social and Military History
By Robert Hardy
Hardcover 244 pages (November 16, 1992)
Publisher: Patrick Stephens Limited (Haynes Group)
ISBN: 1852604123

The Medieval Archer
By Jim Bradbury
Paperback 206 pages (October 1996)
Publisher: The Boydell Press
ISBN: 0851156754

Arms and Armour

Medieval Combat: A Fifteenth-century Manual of Sword fighting and Close-quarter Combat (Greenhill Military Paperbacks S.)
By Hans Talhoffer, Mark Rector (Editor)
Paperback 320 pages (February 15, 2004)
Publisher: Greenhill Books
ISBN: 1853675822

Medieval European Armies (Men-at-Arms 50)
By Terence Wise Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
Paperback; April 30 1987; 48 pages;
ISBN: 0850452457
These Osprey books are a favourite among many members of the group and as they show many appropriate photos and drawings of our period. The can be used to gather information both of the specific topic and used (generally) to achieve your overall look as a soldier.

The Armies of Agincourt (Men-at-Arms 113)
By Christopher Rothero Illustrator: Christopher Rothero
Paperback; July 23 1981; 48 pages;
ISBN: 0850453941
These Osprey books are a favourite among many members of the group and as they show many appropriate photos and drawings of our period. The can be used to gather information both of the specific topic and used (generally) to achieve your overall look as a soldier.

Italian Medieval Armies 1300–1500 (Men-at-Arms 136)
By David Nicolle Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
Paperback; March 24 1983; 48 pages;
ISBN: 0850454778
These Osprey books are a favourite among many members of the group and as they show many appropriate photos and drawings of our period. The can be used to gather information both of the specific topic and used (generally) to achieve your overall look as a soldier.

German Medieval Armies 1300–1500 (Men-at-Arms 166)
By Christopher Gravett Illustrator: Angus McBride
Paperback; November 28 1985; 48 pages;
ISBN: 0850456142
These Osprey books are a favourite among many members of the group and as they show many appropriate photos and drawings of our period. The can be used to gather information both of the specific topic and used (generally) to achieve your overall look as a soldier.

The Swiss at War 1300–1500 (Men-at-Arms 94)
By Douglas Miller, Gerry Embleton Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
Paperback; November 8 1979; 48 pages;
ISBN: 0850453348
These Osprey books are a favourite among many members of the group and as they show many appropriate photos and drawings of our period. The can be used to gather information both of the specific topic and used (generally) to achieve your overall look as a soldier.

Armies of Medieval Burgundy 1364–1477 (Men-at-Arms 144)
By Nicholas Michael Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
Paperback; November 24 1983; 48 pages;
ISBN: 0850455189
These Osprey books are a favourite among many members of the group and as they show many appropriate photos and drawings of our period. The can be used to gather information both of the specific topic and used (generally) to achieve your overall look as a soldier.

Medieval Siege Warfare (Elite 28)
By Christopher Gravett Illustrator: Richard Hook
Paperback; May 24 1990; 64 pages;
ISBN: 0850459478

Medieval Medicine

Medieval Medicine in Illuminated Manuscripts
By Peter Murray Jones
Hardcover 112 pages (December 1998) Publisher: British Library Publishing Division
ISBN: 0712306579
This book is an excellent source of pictorial evidence for medical equipment and anecdotal information on medical treatments of the time.

Medicine and Society in Later Medieval England (Sutton Illustrated History Paperbacks)
By Carole Rawcliffe
Paperback 241 pages (October 23, 1997) Publisher: Sutton Publishing
ISBN: 0750914971
This is a very well written and easy to understand guide to medicine in England during our period and I would recommend it, as it is highly informative of medicine in medieval society.

Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine: Introduction to Knowledge and Practice
By Nancy G. Siraisi
Paperback 264 pages (June 1, 1990) Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226761304

Medieval Crafts

Medieval Craftsmen Series: Embroiderers
By Kay Staniland
Paperback 72 pages (July 15, 1991) Publisher: British Museum Press
ISBN: 0714120510

Medieval Craftsmen Series: Scribes and Illuminators
By Christopher De Hamel
Paperback 72 pages (July 6, 1992)
Publisher: British Museum Press ISBN 0714120499

Medieval Craftsmen Series: Painters
By Paul Binski
Publisher: British Museum Press
ISBN: 0714120529

Medieval Craftsmen Series: Masons and Sculptors
By Nicola Coldstream
Paperback 72 pages (July 15, 1991) Publisher: British Museum Press
ISBN: 0714120480

Medieval Craftsmen Series: English Tilers
By Elizabeth Eames
Paperback 72 pages (July 6, 1992) Publisher: British Museum Press
ISBN: 0714120537

Medieval Craftsmen Series: Armourers
By Matthias Pfaffenbichler
Paperback (May 1, 1992) Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
ISBN: 0802077323

Medieval Craftsmen Series: Glass-painters
By Sarah Brown, David O'Connor
Paperback 72 pages (July 15, 1991) Publisher: British Museum Press
ISBN: 0714120502

Medieval Craftsmen Series: Goldsmiths
By John Cherry
Paperback 72 pages (July 6, 1992) Publisher: British Museum Press
ISBN: 0714120553

Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses (Men-at-Arms 145)
By Terence Wise Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
Paperback; November 24 1983; 48 pages;
ISBN: 0850455200
These Osprey books are a favourite among many members of the group and as they show many appropriate photos and drawings of our period. The can be used to gather information both of the specific topic and used (generally) to achieve your overall look as a soldier.

The End of the House of Lancaster
By R.L. Storey, (1986)
ISBN 0750920076.
An excellent little book about the origins of the unrest during the 15th century that covers the period up to Edward IV's accession. It has lots of good stories about the individual conflicts and disputes that coloured the mid-15th century, from Cade's rebellion to the sack of Elvaston, while documenting the rise (and fall) of the principal figures of the periods (and some particularly unsavoury but minor ones, such as John Cockayne of Ashbourne). Well worth a read not only for the political background, but also the insights it provides on the kind of local feuding prevalent in the period.

The Stafford’s

The Staffords, Earls of Stafford & Dukes of Buckingham, 1394-1521
by Carole Rawcliffe
Paperback 296 pages (6 Nov 2008) Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN:0521089719
This book was for a long time out of print. It has only recently become widely availabe. An indispensable book as it details the Stafford household and their various exploits.

The Staffords
By John Martin Robinson
Hardcover 160 pages (October 7, 2002) Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd
ISBN: 1860772196
This book covers the Stafford family from its earliest beginnings until the present day.

Others

Mary G. Houston, Medieval Costume in England and France: the 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries, Volume 3 of A Technical History of Costume.(1939) London: Adam and Charles Black
An excellent and tightly-focused work; Houston redraws all her primary sources, in rather characteristic and very clear line-drawings, but she references the source and her depictions appear to be accurate. Her chapters on the construction of clothing in the various centuries are particularly useful, and include pattern diagrams drawn from extant examples.


Herbert Norris, Costume and Fashion (1924)New York: Dutton and Co
Norris is notorious for redrawing all his pictures, often inaccurately; he gives a great deal of detail, some of which he apparently makes up. His brief historical contextualisations are useful, and some of his depictions are accurate. A source to be used with great suspicion.

Margaret Scott, A Visual History of Costume: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries (1986) London: Batsford
Mostly contemporary portraits, illustrations and statuary, with brief notes pointing out characteristic features of the costume. A wonderful resource.