The Library: An Incomplete Reading List

This is an incomplete bibliography of works consulted in the course of preparing for this project. It is my honest intention to give credit where it is due to the scholars on whose shoulders I lean just as it is my intention to bring attention to the craftspeople keeping these arts and crafts alive in the modern age.

It is incomplete because that is the nature of these things. Much of the knowledge I have in my head came from teachers and textbooks long forgotten and beyond accurate citation. That pains me, but the nature of all knowledge and culture is to become the foundation for future learning. This is mostly a listing of the books on my shelf or the shelves of my local library that aided me in this endeavor, mostly as background material.

Any sources that I use directly in terms of quote or paraphrase will, of course, be cited and credit given.


Guilds & Livery Companies

The Livery Companies of the City of London: Their Origin, Character, Development, and Social and Political Importance by W Carew Hazlitt — ( Swann , Sonnenschein, & Co, 1892

The Guilds & Companies of London by George Unwin — ( Methuen & Co, 1908
Pride Without Prejudice: The Story of London’s Guilds & Livery Companies by Jennifer Lang — Perpetua Press, 1975

Food & Kitchen Culture: Modern Texts

Food & Feast In Tudor England by Alison Sim — Sutton Publishing 1997
Cuisine and Culture: A History of Food and People by Linda Civitello — Wiley 2004
Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery and Ceremony by Madeleine Pelner Cosman — George Brazillier 1976
The Bors Hede Boke of Cookry: Food and Cooking in 14th &15th Century England by Roger Shell & Sally Charles, Camlann Enterprises 1998

Build Your Own Earth Oven: A low-cost, wood-fired mud oven: Simple sourdough bread: Perfect loaves by Kiko Denzer — Handprint Press 2002
British Food: An Extraordinary Thousand years of History by Colin Spencer

Davis, James. “Baking for the Common Good: A Reassessment of the Assize of Bread in Medieval England.” The Economic History Review, vol. 57, no. 3, 2004, pp. 465–502. JSTOR, JSTOR,

To the King’s Taste: Richard II’s Book of Feasts and Recipes Adapted for Modern Cooking Translated by Lorna Sass — Metropolitan Museum of Art 1975

Food & Kitchen Culture: Period or near-Period Texts

Take a Thousand Eggs or More: A Collection of 15th CenturyRecipes by Cindy Renfrow (Two Volumes) — Self published 1990

The Forme of Cury: A Roll of Ancient English Cookery (e-book) Recipes from the kitchens of Richard II in their original language.
Food and Feasting in Art, The Guide to Imagery Series, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006

Brewing & Viniculture

Beer in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance by Richard W. Unger. — U. Penn Press 2007
Beer: The Story of the Pint: The History of Britain’s Most Popular Drink by Martyn Cornell

Extent museum examples of coopered beer mugs of the English renaissance including Mary Rose (Also important for the coopering chapter.)

English Culture In the 16th Century

A Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558-1603: ElizabethanCommonplaces for Writers, Actors & Re-enactors  by Maggie Secara — Popinjay Press 2008
Medieval Catalogue of the London Museum, DB Harden, Director — her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1967
The Amateur Historian’s Guide to Medieval & Tudor Londonby Sarah Valente kettler and Carole Trimble — Capitol Books 2001

Science & Nature

Medicine & Society In Later Medieval England by Carole Rawcliffe — Sandpiper Books 1999
Passions & Tempers: A History of the Humours by Noga Arikha — Harper Collins 2007
Engineering In History by Richard Shelton Kirby, Siney Withington, Arthur Burr Darling, and Frederick Gridley Kilgour — Dover 1990
Museo Galilei (website) a vitrual museum of the arts and sciences in the early-to-mid 17th century. Excellent images of early scientific instruments.

Religion and Theology

The New Testament 1526 Translated by William Tyndale (original spelling Edition) — The British Library 2000
The Book of Common Prayer 1559: The Elizabethan Prayer Book Edited by John E. Booty — Folger Edition, University of Virginia Press 1976


Shakespeare’s Flowers by Jessica Kerr –Thomas T. Crowell Co. 1969
Medieval Gardens by Anne jennings — English Heritage, in association with the Museum of Garden History 2004
The Medieval Garden by Sylvia Landsberg — Thames and Hudson 1996
Medieval Flowers: The history of medieval flowers and how togrow them today by Miranda Innes & Clay Perry — Kyle Kathie Ltd. 2002

The Crafts & Guilds (More or less in order of appearance)

Worshipful Co. of Haberdashers

Needlemaking (Shire Library Series), by John G. Rollins — Shire Publications Ltd, 2008

Pinning down production: Pin manufacture, technology and the market c.1500-1610 by Rachel Jardine (unpublished paper)
Findings: The Material Culture of Needlework and Sewing, by Mary C Baudry — Yale University Press, 2007
“…mines archaeological findings of sewing and needlework to discover what these small traces of female experience reveal about the societies and cultures in which they were used.” (Amazon)

Artifacts:A pinner’s bone cataloged at the UK Finds Database: pinner’s bone at the Museum of London, probably turned up by a Thames mudlark and recorded at the Portable Antiquities Scheme: article about bone objects – including pinner’s bones – posted by the York Archeological Trust.

Worshipful Co. of Coopers

The Modern Livery Company site:
Coopers & Coopering (Shire Library Series) by Ken Kilby –Shire Publications Ltd, 2010

Ramona Vogel, journeyman cooper at Colonial Williamsburg, (Video) filmed April 2010 by Kari Hultman

Worshipful Co. of Cordwainers (Shoemakers)

Modern Livery Company site:
The Raised Heel Blog (website) by Francis Classe, historical cordwainer
Footwear of the Middle Ages (website) by I. Marc Carlson
Handmade Shoes for Men by Laszlo Vass & Magda Molnar

Shoes and Pattens (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London)
Stepping Through Time: Archaeological Footwear from Prehistoric Times until 1800 by Olaf Goubitz

Worshipful Co. of Blacksmiths

The Modern Livery Company:
The Blacksmith: Ironworker & Farrier by Aldren A. Watson — WW Norton & Co, First Edition 1968
The Forgotten Arts & Crafts: Skills from Bygone Days by John  Seymour — Dorling Kindersley 2001
The Backyard Blacksmith: Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith by Lorelei Sims — Quarry Books 2006 (Reference only)
The American Pewterer: His Techniques & His Products by Henry J. Kauffman

Worshipful Co. of Joyners

Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th-century Joinery by Jenny Alexander and Peter Follansbee — Lost Art Press, 2012
Peter Follansbee, Joiner’s Notes (Blog) by Peter Follansbee, Master Joiner at Plimoth Plantation

Artifacts: Carpenter’s Chest from the warship Mary Rose:

The Village Carpenter (Blog) by Kari Hultman
The Old Woodwright’s Shop (TV Show) Roy Underhill’s iconic PBS show by the original Master Housewright at Colonial Williamsburg, airing since 1979 is a treasure trove of old-school woodworking knowledge.

Online Videos, Resources, & Links*

Contact Information for the Livery Companies of London: The modern iterations of the historical trade guilds, compiled by the City of London corporation.
Tales from the Green Valley: Modern historians living a year as early 17th century farmers.
Historic Royal Palaces Tudor Cook-Along Videos: Videos for modern cooks wanting to cook historic dishes, featuring the cooking staff of Hampton Court Palace.
Cooking with Jas Townsend & Sons: These are 18th century recipes, but hard to pass up. The form and basic methodology of cookery changed little between the renaissance and the industrial revolution. Well worth the time to watch.

* No, you aren’t imagining things, that is an Oxford Ampersand. I really am just that big of a nerd.