Spiaggia Levantina's Library
The following books are available to any member of the shire for
research and reference.
|Great Britian to 1688||Maurice Ashley|
|Europe in Renaisance and Reformation||S. Harrison Thomson|
|Elizabethan London||Martin Holmes|
|World of Walls, The Middle Ages in Western Europe||Polly Schoyer Brooks & Nancy Zinsser Walworth|
|Arms & Armor||Art Institute of Chicago|
|Costume 1066 - 1990's||John Peacock|
|Western Civilization, Ideas, Politics, & Society||Perry|
|Green Blades Rising, The Anglo Saxons||Kevin Crossley-Holland|
|The Story of our Civilization, Vols. 1 - 3||James Harvey Robinson|
|The Crusades||Henry Treece|
|The West and The World, A History of Civilization||Kevin Reilly|
|Medieval People||Eileen Power|
|The Arabs in History||Bernard Lewis|
|From the Renaisance to Romanticism||Frederick B. Artz|
|Life in a Medieval City||Joseph and Frances Gies|
|William the First and the Norman Conquest||Frank Barlow|
|Mongolia, Unknown Land||Jorgen Bisch|
The following books are those that various members of the shire have either seen or own, and are suggested for people looking for more information about a particular period or subject.
|Margaret of York / Duchess of Burgundy 1446-1503||Christine Weightman||St. Martin's Press||1989|
|Celtic and Welsh Resources|
|A History Of Wales||John Davies||1993|
|The Rebellious Welsh||Louie Butler||1951|
|Barbarian Europe||Gerald Simons||1968|
|Barbarian Europe||Phillip W. Dixon||1976|
|The Age of Arthur||John Morris||1973|
|The Celts / Conquerors of ancient Europe
A small, but excellent source of information about celtic history, art, personages and warfare; Recommended.
|Christiane Eluere||Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York||1993|
|General Western European Resources|
|Atlas of Medieval Europe||Donald Matthew||Facts On File||1983|
|Lebek - A City of Northern Europe Throughout the Ages||Xavier Henrandez / Jordi Ballonga||Houghton Mifflin Company||1991|
|Tournaments / Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the
This is an excellent resource regarding tournaments, the philosophy of tournaments and the time in general plus has much chronological information connected to tournaments; Highly recommended.
|Richard Barber and Juliet Barker||Weidenfeld & Nicholson, New York||1989|
|Warlords / Ancient - Celtic - Medieval
This is an excellent book covering a huge portion of european warfare. The text is written like a novel and the drawings by Angus McBride lend realism. Numerous woodcuts and photos also flesh out the precise and comprehensive information; Highly recommended.
|Tim Newark||Arms and Armor Press, London||1996|
|The World of the Medieval Knight
Quite an excellent book, despite its children's book looks. Richly illustrated it give a good general glimpse with surprizing detail in armor (explosion drawings a complete italian suit) of the life of a medieval knight; Recommended.
|Christopher Gravett||Peter Bedrick Books, New York||1996|
|Kostumgeschichte in Bildern
An overview of the history of costume of all timeperiods and cultures from the ancient world until today, including ethnic clothing of europe and surrounding countries. Lots of pictures, but they are relatively small and because of the mulitude of times and places covered not very exhaustive for a specific interest; Decent.
|Max Tilke||Drei Lilien Verlag, Wiesbaden||Unlisted|
|Constructing medieval furniture / Plans and
Instructions with Historical Notes
The book deals with about ten different pieces of furniture, each carefully measured and sketched with precise building plans and instructions. There is also an extensive section of workman ship. The projects are fairly high level and require at least an average woodworking shop or lots of patience. Still, it is a very useful work; Recommended.
|Daniel Diehl||Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg||1997|
|Heraldry - Customs, Rules and Styles||Carl-Alexander von Volborth||Blandford Press||1981|
|The Devil's Horsemen||James Chambers||1979|
|Genghis Khan: Conqueror of the World||Leo DeHartog||1989|
|The Mongol Empire, It's Rise and Legacy||Michael Prawdin||1940|
|A History of Russia, Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary||Paul Dukes||1974|
|Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia||Suzanne Massey||1980|
|A History of Russia, 2nd ed.||Jesse D. Clarkson||1961|
|Weapon and Armor Resources|
|The Complete Bladesmith / Forging your way to
The author is worldrenowned for his expertise. This is an excellent resource for making your own blades, but also teaches alot about metallurgy and the history of bladed weapons; Highly recommended. In addition, you can order his books online at atar.com.
|Jim Hrisoulas||Paladin Press, Boulder, Colorado||1987|
|The Armourer and His Craft / From the XIth to the
This is one of the bibles of armouring. Ffoulkes has much useful information about armour, nomeclature, construction, care etc; Highly recommended.
|Charles Ffoulkes||Dover Publications Inc, New York||1988|
|The Complete Encyclopedia of Arms and Weapons
An invaluable resource if you know the name of what you are looking for. The information for each item is extensive. It covers all ages and cultures; Highly recommended.
|Leonid Tarassuk and Claude Blair, Editors||Simon and Schuster, New York||1979|
|Arms and Armor of the Medieval Knight / An
Illustrated History of Weaponry in the Middle Ages
A very useful book, with chronologically sorted chapters, covering much more than merely arms and armor. Many of the pictures in this book are found elsewhere because of their pertinence and quality; Highly recommended
|David Edge; John Miles Paddock||Crescent Books, New York||1988|
|Practical Blacksmithing and Metalsmithing / 2nd
An excellent book about blacksmithing. The author assumes you know nothing and takes you all the way to some fairly complicated project. An excellent resource for manufacturing methods of metal implements and beginning blacksmiths; Highly recommended
|Percy W. Blandford||Tab books/McGraw-Hill Inc., Blue Ridge Summit||1988|