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 — (Archive.org) Swann , Sonnenschein, & Co, 1892
Pride Without Prejudice: The Story of London’s Guilds & Livery Companies by Jennifer Lang — Perpetua Press, 1975
Food & Kitchen Culture: Modern Texts
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, www.jstor.org/stable/3698543.
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
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
Medieval Catalogue of the London Museum, DB Harden, Director — her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1967
The World of Christopher Marlowe by David Riggs — Henry Holt & Co 2004
A History of English Craft Bookbinding Technique by Bernard C. Middleton
The Tower Menagerie: The Amazing 600-Year history of the Royal Collection of Wild and Ferocious beasts kept at the Tower of London by Daniel Hahn
Woodworking Tools: 1600 – 1900 by Peter C. Welsh (Free eBook c/o Project Gutenberg)
London in the Later Middle Ages: Government and People 1200-1500 by Caroline M. Barron — Oxford University Press, 2005
Science & Nature
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 Crafts & Guilds (More or less in order of appearance)
Worshipful Co. of Haberdashers
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: http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/ukdfddata/showrecords.php?product=24059Another pinner’s bone at the Museum of London, probably turned up by a Thames mudlark and recorded at the Portable Antiquities Scheme: http://finds.org.uk/database/images/image/id/230498An article about bone objects – including pinner’s bones – posted by the York Archeological Trust. http://www.dighungate.com/content.asp?id=176
Worshipful Co. of Coopers
Ramona Vogel, journeyman cooper at Colonial Williamsburg, (Video) filmed April 2010 by Kari Hultman
Worshipful Co. of Cordwainers (Shoemakers)
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
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: http://www.maryrose.org/
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*
* No, you aren’t imagining things, that is an Oxford Ampersand. I really am just that big of a nerd.