Dark and Middle Ages (500-1500)

 Uppity Women of Medieval Times — Vicki Leon

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England — Ian Mortimer

Brother Cadfael’s Herb Garden —  Rob Talbot & Robin Whiteman

Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine — Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Hildegard’s Healing Plants from her medieval classic PHYSICA  — translated by Bruce W. Hozeski

The Knight in History — Frances Gies

The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the Middle Ages — Sherrilyn Kenyon

Medieval Women — Eileen Power

Castles and Castle Towns of Great Britain — David Mountfield

Castles – Their Construction and History —  Sidney Toy

1066 The Year of the Conquest — David Howarth

The War of the Roses — John Gillingham

History of British Costume — James Robinson Planché

Medieval Costume in England and France  (The 13th, 14th, and 15th Centuries) — Mary G Houston

Medieval Costume and Fashion — Herbert Norris

A History of Costume — Carl Köhler

Dress in the Middle Ages — Françoise Piponnier & Perrine Mane 

(Yes, I know it seems and inordinate amount of books on costume, but as with fashion in any age, there are overlaps and disagreements.  Numerous references allow for a concensus when the sources do not agree—and when it comes to how people dressed at any given point in history, that’s too often.)

Fast and Feast, Food in Medieval Society — Bridget Ann Henisch

Food and Feast in Medieval England — Peter Hammond

Plantagenet England 1225-1360 — Michael Prestwich

Elizabethan Era  

The Virgin Queen, Elizabeth 1 Genius of the Golden Age –Christopher Hibbet

Georgian Era

The Writer’s Digest Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s —  Marc McCutcheon

Town and City Maps of the British Isles 1800-1855 — Ashley Baynton-Williams

Regency Era

The Regency Companion — Sharon Laudermilk

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew — Daniel Pool

Victorian Era

Victorian Fashions & Costumes from Harper’s Bazar 1867-1898 — Stella Blum

General Interest

The Timechart History of the World (6000 years of World History Unfolded) — Barnes & Noble

 The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook — Sherrilyn Kenyon with Hal Blythe & Charlie Sweet

Names through the Ages — Teresa Norman

The International Book of Quotations — Compiled by Rhoda Thomas Tripp

The Elements of Style — William Strunk, Jr and E. B. White

dictionarly of problem words & expressions — Harry Shaw

Errors in English — Harry Shaw

Okay, that’s a start (I haven’t even touched my other bookshelves, yet.)  More later.  Have fun!

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