Reenactor Bookshelf - August 2010

The following is a list of books that could be of interest to reenactors. There is no particular order, the selection is fairly broad and for certain entries I took the time to search for an online review. I am leaning a bit towards Oxbow books from Oxford. This is because they are sending me their catalogue every couple of months.

Fergus Cannan: Scottish Arms and Armour, 2009.
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Ian Mortimer: 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory, 2009.
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Christine Weightman: Margaret of York: The Diabolical Duchess, reprinted 2009.
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Melanie Holcomb: Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages, 2009.
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Larry Scanlon: Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature, 1100-1500, 2009.
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Kathrine Vestergàrd Pedersen and Marie-Louise B. Nosch (Ed.): The Medieval Broadcloth: Changing Trends in Fashions, Manufacturing and Consumption, 2009.
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Jacqui Wood: Tasting the Past: Recipes From the Stone Age to the Present, 2009.
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Arnold Esch: Wahre Geschichten aus dem Mittelalter, 2010.
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     This is a lovely book from the middle of the medieval life. Among many other stories, Esch cites a source describing a game we startet to call Goat Game. Watch out for a seperate blog post describing this game.
Doris Fischer: Mittelalter selbst erleben! Kleidung, Spiel und Speisen - selbst gemacht und ausprobiert, Stuttgart 2010.
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     This book is aiming at newbies and casual reenactors. However, I like the simplicity and the rigid architecture of the book. There are dozens of simple reenactment projects explained: A source, an interpretation and a step by step guide on how to recreate the item (often in a bit a simplified manner).
Sabine Griese: Text-Bilder und ihre Kontexte. Medialität und Materialität von Einblatt-Holz- und -Metallschnitten des 15. Jahrhunderts (appearing in October 2010).
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     Among others, this talks about practical use of wood- and metal-cut prints in every day life.
Rainer Leng / Hella Frühmorgen-Voss/ Ulrike Bodemann/ Christine Stöllinger-Löser: Fecht-und Ringbücher. Katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten Handschriften des Mittelalters, Bd. 4/2, Lfg. 1/2: 38, 2009.
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     This is a catalogue of the illustrated German fencing and wrestling books of the middle ages. Unfortunately, it recieved an extensive, but very poor review by Rainer Welle in Medium Aevum Quotidianum 59 (2009), p. 37-49. That review in itself is very informative, but not published online. The criticism is focussed on the inprecision in the handling of the manuscripts.
Katrin Kania: Kleidung im Mittelalter: Materialien - Konstruktion - Nähtechnik. Ein Handbuch, 2010.
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     This is a catalogue with a detailed description of over 150 items of surviving clothing from the Middle Ages. The author also describes sewing methods and fashion development during the medieval period.
Regula Schorta, Rainer C. Schwinges (Eds.): Fashion and Clothing in Late Medieval Europe. Mode und Kleidung im Europa des späten Mittelalters, 2010.
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Constance B. Hieatt: A Gathering of Medieval English Recipes, 2009.
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C. M. Woolgar, Tony Waldron and Dale Sarjeantson (Eds.): Food in Medieval England: Diet and Nutrition, 2009.
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Margaret Scott: Medieval dress and Fashion, 2009.
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Eva Svensson: The Medieval Household - Daily Life in Castles and Farmsteads, 2009.
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Peter Spufford: Power and Profit: The Merchant in Medieval Europe, 2002.
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     This book is on bargain at Oxbow Books.
John C. Appleby and Paul Dalton (Eds.): Outlaws in Medieval and Early Modern England: Crime, Government and Soceity, c. 1066 - c.1600., 2009.
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Julia Boffey and Virginia Davis (Eds.): Recording Medieval Lives, 2009.
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Matthew Bennett: The Medieval World at War, 2009.
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Miri Rubin (Ed.): Medieval Christianity in Practice, 2009.
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D. Serjeantson and H. Rees (eds.): Food, Craft and Status in Medieval Winchester The plant and animal remains from the suburbs and city defences, 2009.
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E. Jane Burns: Sea of Silk: A Textile Geography of Women's Work in Medieval French Literature, 2009.
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Carlo Beltramenad Renato Gianni Ridella (Eds.): Ships and Guns: The Sea Ordonance in Venice and in Europe between the 15th and the 17th Century, 2010 (not appeared yet).
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Maya Vonarburg (Ed.): Melchior Russ: Cronika. Eine Luzerner Chronik aus der Zeit um 1482, 2009.
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We plan to publish such an overview of new and reprinted books every couple of months. This first edition does not cover French publications. Do you know of a good starting page to read about new medieval literature in French? Then please let me know.

 

By Christian Folini, Veteran Company member.

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