14th Century Reading List

This list was compiled by Winter Guite, His Excellency, Baron Gryfyn de Moyon, the folk in La Belle Compagnie, Zach Most and Ellice de Valles and shared with the 14th Century Mafia group on Facebook. These books are a collection of some of the best secondary or tertiary sources (and a few primary) about the 14th century.

Contemporary England

  • H. S. Bennett, Life on the English Manor, Cambridge U., 1948.
  • Derek Brewer, Chaucer and His World, Dodd Mead, 1978.
  • Donald R. Howard, Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World, Fawcett, 1987.
  • Maurice Keen, English Society in the Later Middle Ages 1348-1500, Penguin Social History of Britain series, 1990.
  • A. R. Myers, London in the Age of Chaucer, U. of Oklahoma, 1972.

Contemporary France (I need more books here please!) 

  • Wim Blockmans, The Promised Lands: The Low Countries Under Burgundian Rule, 1369-1530,  University of Pennsylvania Press; 2nd edition, May 6, 1999
  • Nicolas Wright, Knights and Peasants: The Hundred Years War in the French Countryside, Boydell, 1998.
  • Richard Vaughn, Philip the Bold: The Dukes of Burgundy,  Boydell Press, New edition (January 27, 2011)
  • Jean Froissart (trans. Geoffrey Brereton), Chronicles, Penguin, 1978.

History and “Current” Events

  • Leonard Cowie, The Black Death and Peasants’ Revolt, Wyland Documentary History Series, 1972
  • Fowler, The Age of Plantagenet and Valois: The Struggle for Supremacy 1328-1498, Elek, 1967.
  • Jean Froissart (trans. Geoffrey Brereton), Chronicles, Penguin, 1978.
  • Barbara Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, Ballantine Books, 1987.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer (David Wright), The Canterbury Tales (Oxford World’s Classics), Oxford University Press, USA, 2008.
  • Dan Jones, Summer of Blood: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, UK General Books, 2009.


  • Marjorie Rowling, Everyday Life of Medieval Travellers, Dorset Press, 1971.
  • E.C. Coleman, The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, Nonsuch Publishing, 2006.

Households and Families

  • Frances & Joseph Gies, Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages, Harper & Row, 1987.
  • Barbara A. Hanawalt, The Ties That Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England, Oxford U., 1986.
  • Barbara A. Hanawalt, Growing up in Medieval London: The Experience of Childhood in History, Oxford U., 1993.
  • David Herlihy, Medieval Households, Harvard U., 1985.
  • La Belle Compagnie, 1381: The Peel Affinity: An English Knight’s Household in the Fourteenth Century,  Shumacher Publishing, 2007 

The “Look” – Clothing & Accessories

  • Marcel Thomas, The Golden Age: Manuscript Painting at the Time of Jean, Duke of Berry, Braziller, 1979.
  • Millia Davenport, The Book of Costume, Crown, 1984.
  • Stella Mary Newton, Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince, Boydell/Rowman & Littlefield, 1980.
  • M. Scott, A Visual History of Costume: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries, Batsford, 1986
  • Christian de Longevialle, The Hunting Book of Gaston Phebus, Hackberry Press, 2002.
  • Elizabeth Crowfoot & Frances Pritchard & Kay Staniland, Textiles and Clothing, c.1150-1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London), Boydell Press, 2010.
  • Geoff Egan & Frances Pritchard, Dress Accessories, c. 1150- c. 1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London), Boydell Press; New Ed edition, 2008.
  • Sarah Thursfield, Medieval Tailor’s Assistant: Making Common Garments 1200-1500, Quite Specific Media Group Ltd, 2001.
  • Mary G. Houston, Medieval Costume in England and France: The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries, Dover Publications, 1996.

Cooking & Table Service

  • Sharon Butler & Consteance B. Hiett, Pleyn Delit, U. of Toronto, 1987.
  • Madelaine Palmer Cosman, Fabulous Feasts, Medieval Cookery and Ceremony, Braziller, 1989.
  • FP. W. Hammond, Food and Feast in Medieval England, Alan Sutton, 1993.
  • Bridget Ann Henisch Fast and Feast: Food in Medieval Society, Pennsylvannia State U., 1996.
  • Terrence Scully, The Art of Cookery in the Middle Ages, Boydell, 1995.
  • C. Anne Wilson, Food and Drink in Britain, Academy Chicago, 1991.
  • Melitta Weiss Adamson, Food in Medieval Times, Greenwood, 2004.
  • C.M. Woolgar, D. Serjeantson & T. Waldron (Eds.), Food in Medieval England: Diet and Nutrition, Oxford University Press, 2009.



  • Michael Hicks, Who’s Who in Late Medieval England, Shepheard-Walwyn, 1991.
  • Richard Vaughn, Philip the Bold: The Dukes of Burgundy,  Boydell Press, New edition (January 27, 2011).
  • Alison Weir, Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery & Murder in Medieval England, Ballantine Books, 2006.
  • Ian Mortimer, The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Moritmer, Vintage Books, 2010.
  • Ian Mortimer, The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Vintage Books, 2008.
  • Kay F. George, Lady of the Sun: The Life and Times of Alice Perrers, Frederick Muller Ltd, 1966.


  • Bernard Hamilton, Religion in the Medieval West, Edward Arnold, 1986.
  • Robin R. Mundill, The King’s Jews: Money, Massacre and Exodus in Medieval England, Bloomsbury Academic, 2010.
  • Marla Carleson, Performing Bodies in Pain: Medieval and Post-Modern Martyrs, Mystics, and Artists, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Money & Economics

  • Christopher Dyer, Standards of Living in the Later Middle Ages: Social Change in England c. 1200-1520, Cambridge Medieval Textbooks, 1989.

Daily Life

  • Christopher Dyer, Everyday Life in Medieval England, Hambledon, 1994.
  • Compton Reeves, Pleasures and Pastimes in Medieval England, Oxford U., 1998.
  • J. Singman & W. McLean, ed., Daily Life in the Age of Chaucer, Greenwood, 1995.
  • Ian Mortimer, The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century, Touchstone, 2011.
  • Jeffrey L. Singman, Daily Life in Chaucer’s England (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series), Greenwood, 1995.
  • Joseph & Frances Gies, Life in a Medieval Castle, Harper Perennial, 1979.
  • Joseph & Frances Gies, Life in a Medieval City, HarperCollins, 1981.
  • Joseph & Frances Gies, Life in a Medieval Village, Harper Perennial, 1991.
  • Guillaume de Lorris, Jan de Meun & Frances Horgan, The Romance of the Rose, Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Wayland Johnson Chase, The Distichs of Cato: a famous medieval textbook, Univ. of Wisconsin Studies in the Social Sciences and History, Number 7, 1922, pp. 16-23.
  • John of Garland & Taugott Lawler, Parisiana Poetria, Yale University Press, 1974.

Trades & Crafts

  • John Blair and Nigel Ramsay, eds., English Medieval Industries, Hambledon, 1991.
  • Teresa MacLean, Medieval English Gardens, Viking, 1981.

Military Matters

  • Christopher Allmand, The Hundred Years War: England and France at War c. 1300-c. 1450, Cambridge U., 1988
  • Geoffroi de Charney, A Knight’s Own Book of Chivalry (The Middle Ages Series), University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.
  • D. Edge and J. M. Paddock, Arms & Armor of the Medieval Knight, Crescent, 1988.
  • Frances Gies, The Knight in History, Harper Perennial, 2011.
  • H. J. Hewitt, The Organization of War under Edward III, 1338-62, Pen & Sword Military, 2004
  • Maurice Keen, Chivalry (Yale Nota Bene), Yale University Press, 2005.
  • Robin Neillands, The Hundred Years War, Routledge, 1990.
  • Ewart Oakeshott, The Sword in the Age of Chivalry, Boydell, 1991.
  • Steven Muhlberger, Deeds of Arms, Chivalry Bookshelf, 2005.
  • Michael Prestwich, Knight: The Medieval Warrior’s (Unofficial) Manual (Unofficial Manuals), Thames & Hudson, 2010.
  • Clifford Rogers, War Cruel and Sharp: English Strategy under Edward III , Boydell Press 2014.
  • Desmond Seward, The Hundred Years War: The English in France, 1337-1453, Atheneum, 1978.
  • Johnathan Sumpton, The Hundred Years War: Trial by Battle,  University of Pennsylvania Press 1999.
  • Kelly DeVries, Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century, BOYE6, 1996.
  • Juliet Vale, Edward III and Chivalry: Chivalric Society and its Context, 1270-1350. Boydell Press, 1982.


  • Dobson, E.J. & F. Ll. Harrison, Medieval English Songs, Faber & Faber, 1979.
  • Richard H. Hoppin, Medieval Music, Norton, 1978. 
  • Medieval Instrumental Dances, Indiana U., 1989.
  • John Southworth, The English Medieval Minstrel, Boydell Press, 1989.
  • Nigel Wilkins, Music in the Age of Chaucer, Brewer/Rowman & Littlefield, 1979.

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