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Basic Reading List

Contemporary England

H. S. Bennett, Life on the English Manor, Cambridge U., 1948.

Derek Brewer, Chaucer and His World, Dodd Mead, 1978.

Donald R. Howard, Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World, Fawcett, 1987.

Maurice Keen, English Society in the Later Middle Ages 1348-1500, Penguin Social History of Britain series, 1990.

A. R. Myers, London in the Age of Chaucer, U. of Oklahoma, 1972.

Contemporary France

Nicolas Wright, Knights and Peasants: The Hundred Years War in the French Countryside, Boydell, 1998.

History and "Current" Events

Leonard Cowie, The Black Death and Peasants' Revolt, Wyland Documentary History Series, 1972

Fowler, The Age of Plantagenet and Valois: The Struggle for Supremacy 1328-1498, Elek, 1967.

Jean Froissart (trans. Geoffrey Brereton), Chronicles, Penguin, 1978.

Politics, Personalities, and Afiliations

Michael Hicks, Who's Who in Late Medieval England, Shepheard-Walwyn, 1991.

Hampshire and Southampton

C. P. S. Platt, Medieval Southampton: The Port and Trading Community AD 1000-1600, Rutledge & Kegan Paul, 1973.


Bernard Hamilton, Religion in the Medieval West, Edward Arnold, 1986.


Marjorie Rowling, Everyday Life of Medieval Travellers, Dorset Press, 1971.

Money and Economics

Christopher Dyer, Standards of Living in the Later Middle Ages: Social Change in England c. 1200-1520, Cambridge Medieval Textbooks, 1989.

Households and Families

Frances & Joseph Gies, Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages, Harper & Row, 1987.

Barbara A. Hanawalt, The Ties That Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England, Oxford U., 1986.

Barbara A. Hanawalt, Growing up in Medieval London: The Experience of Childhood in History, Oxford U., 1993.

David Herlihy, Medieval Households, Harvard U., 1985.

Other matters of Daily Life

Christopher Dyer, Everyday Life in Medieval England, Hambledon, 1994.

Compton Reeves, Pleasures and Pastimes in Medieval England, Oxford U., 1998.

J. Singman & W. McLean, ed., Daily Life in the Age of Chaucer, Greenwood, 1995.

The "Look"

Marcel Thomas, The Golden Age: Manuscript Painting at the Time of Jean, Duke of Berry, Braziller, 1979.

Artefacts, Crafts, and Trades

John Blair and Nigel Ramsay, eds., English Medieval Industries, Hambledon, 1991.

Clothing and Accessories

Millia Davenport, The Book of Costume, Crown, 1984.

Stella Mary Newton, Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince, Boydell/Rowman & Littlefield, 1980.

M. Scott, A Visual History of Costume: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries, Batsford, 1986

Military Matters and the Hundred Years War

Christopher Allmand, The Hundred Years War: England and France at War c. 1300-c. 1450, Cambridge U., 1988

D. Edge and J. M. Paddock, Arms & Armor of the Medieval Knight, Crescent, 1988.

Ewart Oakeshott, The Sword in the Age of Chivalry, Boydell, 1991.

Desmond Seward, The Hundred Years War: The English in France, 1337-1453, Atheneum, 1978.

Cookling and Table Service

Sharon Butler & Consteance B. Hiett, Pleyn Delit, U. of Toronto, 1987.

Madelaine Palmer Cosman, Fabulous Feasts, Medieval Cookery and Ceremony, Braziller, 1989.

FP. W. Hammond, Food and Feast in Medieval England, Alan Sutton, 1993.

Bridget Ann Henisch Fast and Feast: Food in Medieval Society, Pennsylvannia State U., 1996.

Terrence Scully, The Art of Cookery in the Middle Ages, Boydell, 1995.

C. Anne Wilson, Food and Drink in Britain, Academy Chicago, 1991.


Dobson, E.J. & F. Ll. Harrison, Medieval English Songs, Faber & Faber, 1979.

Richard H. Hoppin, Medieval Music, Norton, 1978.

Medieval Instrumental Dances, Indiana U., 1989.

John Southworth, The English Medieval Minstrel, Boydell Press, 1989.

Nigel Wilkins, Music in the Age of Chaucer, Brewer/Rowman & Littlefield, 1979.

For more advanced readings, try this list