Writers of historical fiction do a immense amount of research to ensure that they can evoke the period they are writing about as realistically as possible. Although only a small amount of that research finds its way into the finished work, readers are often interested in the sources a writer has consulted.
Over the next few weeks I will be posting topic lists of the various resources I have used in writing Forsaking All Others, the novel I will be self-publishing in April, and The Turtles Cannot Sing, my work in progress. This list is in no way comprehensive
Harrison, William Harrison’s Description of England in Shakspere’s youth. : bbeing the second and third books of his Description of Britaine and England edited from the first two editions of Holinshed’s Chronicle, A.D. 1577, 1587, by Frederick J. Furnivall London : Published for the New Shakspeare Society, by N. Trübner, 1877-81. 3 Vols
Hadyn, Hiram (Ed.) The portable Elizabethan reader New York : Viking Press, 1946.
Smith, Sir Thomas De republica Anglorum Edited by Mary Dewar Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1982.
Stubbes, Phillip Anatomy of abuses in England Vaduz : Kraus, 1965. 2 vols
Barber, Peter London. A History in Maps London : The London Topographical Society in association with The British Library, 2012.
Barrett, L. Beer Tudor England observed : the world of John Stow Stroud : Sutton Publishing, 1998.
Byrne, M. St. Clare, Elizabethan life in town and country London: Methuen, 1961, c.1925.
Doran, Susan The Tudor Chronicles 1458-1603 london : Quercus, 2008.
Ford, Boris (Ed.) The Cambridge cultural history of Britain. Volume 3. Sixteenth-century Britain Cambridge ; CUP, 1992, c.1989.
Hibbert, Christopher The English. A social history 1066-1945 Glasgow : Guild Publishing, 1987.
Kaplan, Steven L. (ed.) Understanding popular culture : Europe from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century Berlin ; New York : Mouton, 1998, c1984.
Nicholls, Mark A History of the modern British Isles, 1529-1603. The Two Kingdoms Oxford : Blackwell, 1999.
Ordish, T. Fairman Shakespeare’s London Williamstown, Mass., Corner House, 1975.
Pritchard, R. E. (Ed.) Shakespeare’s England. Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean times Stroud : Sutton, 2003.
Prockter, Adrian and Taylor, Robert The A to Z of Elizabethan London London: Harry Margary in association with Guildhall Library, 1979.
Reay, Barry Popular cultures in England, 1550-1750 London ; New York : Longman, 1998.
Rowse, A. L. The Elizabethan Renaissance. The life of society London : Macmillan, 1971.
Smith, Lacey Baldwin The Horizon Book of the Elizabethan World New York : Paul Hamlyn, 1967.
Tillyard, E. M. W. The Elizabethan world picture Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1979, c1943.
Wagner, John A. Historical dictionary of the Elizabethan world Phoenix, Arizona ; Oryx Press, 1999.
What life was like in the realm of Elizabeth. England AD 1553-1603 Alexandria, Virginia : Time-Life Books, 1998.
Youings, Joyce Sixteenth-century England London : A. Lane, 1984.
A Survey of London. Reprinted From the Text of 1603
Image: A Panorama of London by Claes Visscher, 1616.Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1269797