My Research Shelf

I’ve had a few requests lately asking what sources I have to hand when writing my posts. Never scared of a challenge, I set to listing them all – including online resources – and was rather shocked at the length of the list! Anyway, for those who are interested, here it is:

My Research Resources as of 24/01/2010:

A Dictionary of Latin Words and Phrases – James Morwood
A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases – Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams
A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain – Marc Morris
Anglo-Norman Dictionary, Second Edition: A-C ed by Stewart Gregory, William Rothwell et al
Anglo-Norman Dictionary, Second Edition: D-E, ed by Stewart Gregory, William Rothwell et al
Archaology of the Medieval English Monarchy – John Steane
Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke 1307 – 1324: Baronial Politics in the Reign of Edward II – J.R.S. Phillips
Bannockburn, 1314 – Pete Armstrong
Castles of the Welsh Princes – Paul R. Davis
Crown and Nobility: England 1272-1461 – Anthony Tuck
Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped Our History – Dorothy H. Crawford
Discovering Medieval Houses – Anthony Emery
Early Medieval Architecture as Bearer of Meaning – Gunter Bandmann
Edward II – Harold Hutchison
Edward II – Mary Saaler
English Medieval Knight 1200-1300 – Christopher Gravett
English Medieval Knight 1300-1400 – Christopher Gravett
Eyewitness Castle – Christopher Gravett
Food and Cooking in Medieval Britain: History and Recipes – Maggie Black
Food and Feast in Medieval England – Peter Hammond
Four Maps of London: 1520-1902
Hildegard’s Healing Plants (From her Physica) – trans. Bruce W. Hozeski
Historic Gloucester – Philip Moss
Introduction to Manuscript Studies – Raymond Clemens and Timothy Graham
Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II – Paul Doherty
Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England – Alison Weir
King Edward II: His Life, His Reign and Its Aftermath, 1284-1330 – Roy Martin Haines
Knights and Warhorses: Military Service and the English Aristocracy Under Edward III – Andrew Ayton
Knights at Tournament – Christopher Gravett
Latin for Dummies – Hull, Perkins and Barr
Learn Latin – Peter Jones
Letters of Medieval Women – ed. Anne Crawford
Life in a Medieval Castle – Brenda Ralph Lewis
Living and Dining in Medieval Paris: The Household of the Fourteenth Century Knight – Nicole Crossley-Holland
London: A Life in Maps– Peter Whitfield
Making a Living in the Middle Ages: The People of Britain 850-1520 – Christopher Dyer
Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages: Medicine, Science, and Culture – Joan Cadden
Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine: An Introduction to Knowledge and Practice – Nancy G. Siraisi
Medieval Cookery: Recipes and History – Maggie Black (for English Heritage)
Medieval Costume in England and France: The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries – Mary G. Houston
Medieval Craftsmen: Embroiderers – Kay Staniland
Medieval Gardens – Anne Jennings
Medieval Ships and Sailing – Gillian Hutchison
Medieval Tiles – Hans van Lemmen
Medieval Women: A Social History of Women 450 – 1500 – Henrietta Leyser
Menestrellorum Multitudo: Minstrels at a Royal Feast – Constance Bullock Davies
Sex in History – Reay Tannahill
Politics, Finance and the Church in the Reign of Edward II: Walter Stapledon, Treasurer of England – Mark Buck
Tewkesbury 1471: The Last Yorkist Victory – Christopher Gravett
Tewkesbury Abbey: History, Art and Architecture – ed. Morris and Shoesmith
Textiles and Clothing 1150-1450 – Elisabeth Crowfoot, Frances Pritchard and Kay Staniland
The Art of Medieval Hunting: The Hound and the Hawk – John Cummings
The Baronial Opposition to Edward II – J.C. Davies
The Battle of Bannockburn, 1314 – Aryeh Nusbacher
The Bruce – John Barbour
The English Manor: c.1200-c.1500 – Mark Bailey
The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England, 1327-1330 – Ian Mortimer
The Great Household in Late Medieval England – Chris Woolgar
The Hundred Years War, 1337-1453 – Anne Curry
The Itinerary of Edward II and His Household – E.M. Hallam
The Medieval Underworld – Andrew McCall
The Observer’s Book of Castles – Brian K. Davison
The Paleography of Gothic Manuscript Books From the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century – Albert Derolez
The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation – Ian Mortimer
The Place of the Reign of Edward II In English History – T.F. Tout
The Plagues of London – Stephen Porter
The Reign of Edward II: New Perspectives – eds. Dodd & Musson
The Romance of the Rose – a translation by Frances Horgan
The Senses in Late Medieval England – C.M. Woolgar
The Spectacle of the Scaffold – Michel Foucault
The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century – Ian Mortimer
The Tournament in England 1100-1400 – Juliet Barker
The Trotula – ed. Monica H. Green
The Tyranny and Fall of Edward II 1321-1326 – Natalie Fryde
The Unmentionable Vice: Homosexuality in the Later Medieval Period – Michael Goodich
The War of Saint-Sardos (1323-1325): Gascon Correspondence and Diplomatic Documents – Pierre Chaplais
The Welsh wars of Independence – David Moore

Chronicles of the Reigns of Edward I and Edward II, Vol 1: Annales Londonienses and Annales Paulini
Chronicon Galfridi le Baker de Swynebroke (Chronicle of Geoffrey Baker of Swinbrook)
Foedera, Vol 2, Part 1
The Chronicle of Lanercost
The Forme of Cury
Vita Edwardi Secundi


‘A Protest Against the Despensers, 1326’ – G.A. Holmes, in Speculum, Vol 30, No. 2
‘The Despensers and the Downfall of Edward II’ – Nigel Saul, in The English Historical Review, No. CCCXC
‘The First Journal of Edward II’s Chamber’ – James Conway Davies, in English Historical Review, 1915, XXX
‘Retinues at the Tournament of Dunstable, 1309’ – A. Tomkinson, in English Historical Review LXXIV, 1959
‘The Deposits of Hugh Despenser the Younger with Italian Bankers’ – E.B. Fryde, in The Economic History Review, New Series, Vol 3, No. 3 (1951)
‘The Despenser War in Glamorgan’ – J. Conway Davies, in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Third Series, Vol.9 (1915)
‘Judgement on the Younger Despenser, 1326’ – G.A. Holmes, in The English Historical Review 1955 LXX (CCLXXV)
‘Bishops and Politics in the Reign of Edward II: Hamo de Hethe, Henry Wharton, and the ‘Historia Roffensis’’ – Roy Martin Haines, in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Oct 93
‘Deconstructing Identities on the Scaffold:the Execution of Hugh Despenser the Younger, 1326’ – Danielle Westerhof, in Journal of Medieval History 33 (2007)
‘The Princely Court in Northern Europe, 1270-1380’ – Malcolm Vale, in History Today, Vol. 52, Issue 7

Primary Sources

Calendar of Chancery Warrants 1244-1326
Calendar of Charter Rolls Volume 3 1300-1326
Issues of the Exchequer: King Henry III to King Henry VI Inclusive
The Register of the Great Seal of Scotland, Volume 1 1306-1424
Calendar of Documents Relating to Scotland, Volume 3, 1307-1357
Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous, Volume 1
Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous, Volume 2
Calendar of Letterbooks of London, Letter Book B, 1275-1312
Calendar of Letterbooks of London, Letter Book D, 1309-1314
Calendar of Letterbooks of London, Letter Book E, 1314-1337
Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Volume II, 1305-1341
Calendar of the Close Rolls, Vol IV, 1296-1302
Calendar of the Close Rolls, Vol V, 1302-1307
Calendar of the Close Rolls, Vol VI, 1307-1313
Calendar of the Close Rolls, Vol VII, 1313-1318
Calendar of the Close Rolls, Vol VIII, 1318-1323
Calendar of the Close Rolls, Vol IX, 1323-1327
Calendar of the Close Rolls, Vol X, 1327-1330
Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Vol II, 1307-1319
Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Vol III, 1319-1327
Calendar of the Patent Rolls, 1307-1313
Calendar of the Patent Rolls, 1317-1321
Calendar of the Patent Rolls, 1321-1324
Calendar of the Patent Rolls 1324-1327
The Statutes of the Realm, Vol 1, 1101-1377
The Parliamentary Rolls
SAL MS 122 (photographs taken of document – yet to be fully transcribed/translated)
E101/379/11 (photographs taken of document – yet to be fully transcribed/translated)
E101/376/15 (photographs taken of document – yet to be fully transcribed/translated)
E101/379/7 (photographs taken of document – yet to be fully transcribed/translated)
E101/379/17 (photographs taken of document – yet to be fully transcribed/translated)

Other Resources Online

British History Online
National Archives Online
Anglo-Norman Dictionary Online


My Wishlist!

For Her Good Estate: The Life of Elizabeth de Burgh – Frances A. Underhill
Thomas of Lancaster, 1307-22: A Study in the Reign of Edward II – J.R. Maddicott
Parliamentary Writs and Writs of Military Summons 1273-1327, Vol I
‘Judgement of Hugh Despenser, the Younger’ – J. Taylor (article)
Plenty more trips to the National Archives to view and photograph documents – and then someone who can transcribe and translate (especially Latin!)

By the way, just because some books were included in this list it does not necessarily mean that I endorse them as good sources for facts!


About Jules Frusher

With an MA in Creative and Critical Writing, I am passionate about the written word. The other great loves of my life are all things Medieval (especially Hugh le Despenser the Younger) and animal behaviour (especially canids and corvids). Give me a castle in the wilderness (with Broadband!) and I'll be happy!
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