Daily Life: 3
Overall: -Individually rated-
Time: 1150-1450 (England)
(Rating explanation here.)
Textiles and Clothing - 223 pages * *
This title leans more scholarly than novel-useful. It shows some techniques for creating textiles, and the weaves of textiles--but I have little use for this, especially the latter! If you have a character who works to create clothing, this may be of use, but if you have one that only WEARS clothing (like mine), you’re not likely to find much of use. There are SOME line drawings of whole clothing ensembles near the back, but not that many. There are cheaper alternatives.
Knives and Scabbards - 168 pages * *
I thought I would like this one more than I do. Really, it’s a bunch of...knives. And scabbards. Go figure. Perhaps the weapons-lover would enjoy looking through this, but I don’t find it has a whole lot of practical use for the novelist. It’s probably worth flipping through if you can get a hand on it, but I’m not tempted to buy it.
Shoes and Pattens - 145 pages * * * *
The Medieval Household - 342 pages * * *
I find this book to be a kind of catch-all. I rank it first or second in usefulness, with Shoes and Patterns taking the other slot. It is more practical for novelist use than Textiles and Clothing or Knives and Scabbards. I suggest trying to get a hold of a library copy and flipping through.
An example of the artifacts discussed:
Keys (quite lengthy)
Fixtures and fittings
Dress Accessories - 410 pages * * *
This is the largest of the five I requested. I would rate it third in usefulness to the novelist. It leans more girly (we’re more likely to accessorize our dress), but not exclusively. Some of what it discusses:
Mounts (very lengthy)
In general this series seems to be worth a look, with some more helpful to the novelist than others. Some worth buying, if the pocketbook allows. I wouldn’t buy ANY without looking at them first.
P.S. Yes, two reviews in a row. Please don't die. All of my more creative juices are focused on college apps, a necessary evil. I have several ideas in my head for meatier posts, but they have to wait. Probably after September 30th I'll get more time for such things.