[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] thisengland
I know a lot of people who are interested in The Histories Fandom but are kind of intimidated by the amount of stuff they don't know about either the plays or the period they're set in. So I thought, hey, we should have a resources post for things that might be helpful to histories fic writing -- stuff like, timelines, info about material culture, that kind of thing. Except that that's a ton of work and so I haven't done it yet. And then I was looking up some information about 14th-century underwear, because reasons, and I found this site, and that reminded me that I've been meaning to make this post, which I'll also make into a sticky to go along with the fic index. Eventually I am going to add the timeline that [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire and I made that compares and contrasts the plots of the two tetralogies to what actually seems to have happened, just as soon as I finish the Henry V section.

Anyway, what kind of sites do you guys use when you need to look up in-period details? I'm especially hoping to get links on the 15th century, because my own collection, given my Richard II fixation, is slanted fairly heavily toward the 14th. I'll add anything you have in the comments to the main post.

Also, just a caveat: not all of these are hugely scholarly sites necessarily. Also some of the links on the del.icio.us pages no longer work; I'll clean them up later.

Stuff I have so far:

GENERAL/MULTIPLE SUBJECTS

Larsdatter (material culture of all sorts)
Fordham Internet Medieval Sourcebook

PEOPLE

Oxford DNB (subscription only, but sometimes relevant people come up as the free Life of the Day, plus if you're at a university you might have access)

PLACES

London links
General English links

COURT CULTURE AND CHIVALRY

Richard II's treasure roll
Harvard Chaucer Website: Life and Manners
My del.icio.us tag
My other del.icio.us tag

THE CHURCH

My del.icio.us tag

LETTERS

My del.icio.us tag


TIME, MONEY, AND MEASUREMENT

My del.icio.us tag

SEX AND GENDER

My del.icio.us tag
Another one
And one more

MARRIAGE AND HOUSEHOLDS

Households
Marriage

CLOTHING

My del.icio.us tag

FOOD

The Forme of Cury
My del.icio.us tag
Recipes from Gode Cookery

Date: 2012-06-17 07:09 am (UTC)
lost_spook: (henry v)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
This looks really useful, thanks. :-)

And re. The Oxford Dict. of National Biography - if you're in the UK, it's also a typical thing for public libraries to subscribe to as part of reference services. And if they do, then you can access it on the library computers, but quite often anywhere via the library website using your membership no.

Date: 2012-06-17 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
You probably have all of these linked indirectly, but I thought I'd put them up just in case.

Polydore Vergil, Anglica Historia (1555 edition) (http://www.philological.bham.ac.uk/polverg/) - Latin and English
John Foxe, Actes and Monuments (all editions) (http://www.johnfoxe.org/)
The Online Froissart (http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/onlinefroissart/index.jsp)
The Holinshed Project (http://www.cems.ox.ac.uk/holinshed/texts.shtml) (incomplete, but one of the sections they have is the deposition of Richard II)

Date: 2012-06-18 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kerrypolka.livejournal.com
!! This is amazing! Thank you so much for putting it together!

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