I spend a fair amount of time reading and it seems reasonable to share some pointers to books I think of as illuminating, instructive, thought-provoking or just entertaining. While I read lots of stuff that has no bearing at all on the Society or medievalism, I'm going to skip those here and request that you do so as well. So feel free to mention your newest fave medieval historical romance, but skip the Black Company series. By the same token, if How to Win Friends and Influence People was important to your SCA career, feel free to mention it here. I'm sure Colin will want to mention The Prince! You're welcome to link to the book on Amazon or wherever else you like.
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Shedding light on the Black Death

What’s more, DeWitte says, recorded symptoms from the Black Death don’t entirely match up with those of modern plague. ... The differences are striking enough that some scientists, including DeWitte at one point, have suspected that the Black Death might not have been caused by plague at all. ... Ultimately, that’s the question that makes last month’s discovery of a new Black Death cemetery in London so important.

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Just in Case you Find yourself Interested in Mythology Now

The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony is the most extraordinary work on mythology I've ever read. It reveals things you would never get from more traditional books like Bullfinch.

The most extraordinary revelation is that the entirety of Greek myth is in fact just that: one gigantic interlocking story. An amazing, readable work of scholarship. The weird thing is that Roberto Calasso's similar treatment of Indian mythology Ka is an impenetrable snoozer. Perhaps it was the translator's fault.

This book probably won't help much with quest logistics. But you'll enjoy the trip.

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For More Norman Detail get "Norman Knight"

Once you've poured over Normans EliteNormans Elite and you want more detail, go get a copy of Norman Knight by Christopher Gravett. Though Angus McBride doesn't do the illustrations, Christa Hook's pictures are very very nice. They just lack McBride's storytelling aspect, which while amusing, doesn't aid the research you're getting the book for in the first place.

The bibliographies and citations in these books are excellent and can help you find the references you need to document your armor, clothing or accouterments. Before I planned a trip to Europe, I'd be certain to look through this and the Normans Elite books for lists of where the original statuary and other primary sources are found.

And if for some odd reason Norman history and armor isn't your cup of tea, the Osprey Men-at-Arms, Warrior and Elite Series' are great resources on every kind of military outfitting from Bronze Age Greece to Modern Iraq.

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The Normans Elite by David Nicolle: Best Intro Source for Starting Medieveal Norman Research

 Images P 0850457297.01. Aa Scmzzzzzzz -1My first copy of this book is now probably older than some of the guys I'm training to fight. In here we've found the pictures that inspired my second helm, Susanna's first helm, my third (and current) helm and the "crow taco" crest I wear for big battles. My gaiters also take their inspiration from this book. I've given several copies away as gifts over the years.

If you're interested in Norman military history of the 12th and 13th centuries, there's no better introduction.

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