General Medieval Study
Middle Ages history books including life in castles, towns, and cities, technology, work and more. Cover art may vary.
- Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
Norman F. Cantor
Heavily illustrated guide of events, people, places, and things of the Middle Ages. Covers leaders and politics, exploration and wars, religious movements, banking, commerce, and more. 600 individual entries and over 200 illustrations from world-famous collections.
Paperback: 448 pages
- The Medieval Fortress
The origins and evolution of castles and other walled defenses, their major components, and the reasons for their eventual decline. Over 200 photos and 300 detailed technical drawings.
Hardcover: 320 pages
- Life in a Medieval Castle
Joseph and Frances Gies
Centering around Chepstow, a fortress on the Welsh border, this book delves deep into the daily lives of both the typical medieval Lord and Lady, as well as the castle household. Includes chapters on the castle in times of peace and war, a glossary of common terms and a geographical guide of great medieval castles.
Paperback: 288 pages
- Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England
Several hundred articles by 150 contributors describing the people, places, activities and creations of the Anglo-Saxons. Covers the history, archaeology, arts, architecture, literatures and languages of England from the Roman withdrawal to the Norman Conquest, c. 450 - 1066.
Paperback: 560 pages
- Medieval Britain: Age of Chivalry
Lloyd and Jennifer Laing
Comprehensive exploration of the Middle Ages in Britain, covering society, castle, country life, trade, the church, superstition, and leisure. Features exquisite color plates and hundreds of photos of artifacts and buildings.
Paperback: 224 pages
- Kings & Queens of England and Scotland
Plantagenet Somerset Fry
A reference guide to English and Scottish monarchs. Explores pageantry, public and private lives. Heavily illustrated with photos of artifacts, family trees and portraits.
Paperback: 96 pages
- Castles and Ancient Monuments of England
A county by county guide to over 350 historical sites in England.
Paperback: 256 pages
- Castles and Ancient Monuments of Scotland
Over two hundred historic sites in Scotland are described and illustrated with color photography – from stone circles to Celtic brochs to medieval tower houses.
Paperback: 192 pages
- The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval England
Covers England's social, cultural, political, and religious life, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Normans to the Black Death. Includes maps, family trees and a 24 page section of color plates.
Hardcover: 344 pages
- The Knight and Chivalry
Compares the differences between how knights and chivalry are portrayed in literature as opposed to documented historical fact.
Paperback: 432 pages
- Gods, Heroes, & Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britain
Christopher R. Fee
Examines Britain's pre-Christian culture and its eventual evolution/absorption into Christianity. Covers Celtic, Germanic, and Norse cultures and religious beliefs in Britain including pagan deities, heroes and heroines, and the legends of the individual cultures.
Hardcover: 256 pages
- Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel:
Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages
Frances and Joseph Gies
An account of Europe's rise to leadership in technology, presented chronologically through the years 500-1500AD. Innovations in agriculture, tools, metallurgy, building construction, navigation, and more. Illustrated with more than 90 photos and drawings.
Paperback: 368 pages
- Fast and Feast: Food in Medieval Society
Covers banquets, daily meals, laying the table, cooks, kitchens, manners (or lack thereof), customs related to food, and more.
Paperback: 287 pages
- Daily Life in the Middle Ages
Paul B. Newman
A detailed account of what life was really like in the Middle Ages. Includes sections on clothing and accessories, arms and armor, food and drink, entertainment, and healing.
Paperback: 301 pages
- Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England
Judith M. Bennett
Explores the transition of brewing from a woman's trade during the medieval era to being a trade for men. Examines commercial growth, guild formation, brewing technologies, and regulations through historical documents such as court records and administrative orders.
Paperback: 280 pages
- Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages
Frances and Joseph Gies
Covers marriage and family life among peasants and the aristocracy, arranged marriages, dowries and more. An in-depth look into private life in the Middle Ages.
Paperback: 320 pages
Also on Mostly Medieval:
Exploring the Middle AgesResearch articles about life in the Middle Ages. Ballads, religion, heraldry, medicine and more.
In the Exploring the Middle Ages section.
DownloadsBackgrounds, letters, avatars and more for websites, blogs, and newsletters. Desktop wallpapers for personal use.
In the Downloads section.
Travels in the UKTravelogue of a journey through northern England and Southern Scotland. Visits to castles, cathedrals, ruins and more.
In the Travels in the UK section.