This annotated list is a work-in-progress. I work on it when I’m stalled on a writing project or when I’m about to return a book to the university library. Check back for updates!
BACKGROUND READING FOR THE OWEN ARCHER & THE KATE CLIFFORD MYSTERIES
The Government of Medieval York: Essays in commemoration of the 1396 Royal Charter. ed. Sarah Rees Jones. Borthwick Studies in History 3 1997. [Contributors: Nigel Saul, Mark Ormrod, Barrie Dobson, Christopher Norton, David Palliser, Sarah Rees Jones, Jeremy Goldberg]
The Loyal Conspiracy: the Lords Appellant under Richard II. Anthony Goodman. University of Miami Press, 1971.
Medieval Artisans: an Urban Class in Late Medieval England. Heather Swanson. Basil Blackwell 1989. [Based on her Borthwick paper focusing on York.]
Medieval Merchants: York, Beverley and Hull in the Later Middle Ages. Jenny Kermode. Cambridge University Press 1998.
Medieval York: 600-1540. D.M. Palliser. Oxford University Press 2014. [How York grew from its post-Roman revival as a town to the late medieval city.]
Medieval York: a topographical survey based on original sources. Angelo Raine. John Murray 1955. [Not the most up to date survey of York, but filled with delightful tidbits and some good maps.]
Richard II. Nigel Saul. Yale English Monarchs 1999.
Richard Scrope: Archbishop, Rebel, Martyr. ed. P.J.P. Goldberg. Shaun Tyas 2007. [Contributors: P.H. Cullum, Melanie Devine, P.J.P. Goldberg, Christian D. Liddy, Christopher Norton, W. Mark Ormrod, Danna Piroyansky, Sarah Rees Jones, R.N. Swanson, Stephen K. Wright]
Safe Sanctuaries: Security and Defence in Anglo-Scottish Border Churches 1290-1690. Christopher J. Brooke. John Donald 2000
Three Armies in Britain: the Irish Campaign of Richard II and the Usurpation of Henry IV, 1397-99. Douglas Biggs. Brill 2006.
Violence, Custom and Law: the Anglo-Scottish Border Lands in the Later Middle Ages. Cynthia J. Neville. Edinburgh University Press 1998.
War, Politics and Finance in Late Medieval English Towns: Bristol, York and the Crown, 1350-1400. Christian D. Liddy. The Boydell Press 2005.
York: the Marking of a City 1068-1350. Sarah Rees Jones. Oxford University Press 2013. [Up to date information on York’s history.]
BACKGROUND READING FOR A TRIPLE KNOT:
Edward III. W. Mark Ormrod. Yale University Press, 2011. [The essential biography of King Edward III.]
Joan of Kent, daughter of Edmund of Woodstock: Royal Kinship and Marriage in the Fourteenth Century. Penelope Joan Lawne. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of London, 2006. [A thoughtful analysis of the archival material we have on Joan, her family, and her marriages.]
The Knights of the Crown: the Monarchical Orders of Knighthood in Later Medieval Europe 1325-1520. D’Arcy Jonathan Dacre Boulton. Boydell Press, 1987. [An overview of the orders springing up during this time in Hungary, England, Castile-Leon, France, Naples, Cyprus, Savoy, and Aragon. Some specific detail of the materials used in the first garter cloaks.]
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Order of the Garter. Francis Ingledew. University of Notre Dame Press, 2006. [Some intriguing ideas about the origin of the garter as the emblem for Edward’s military order. I reference it in my blog posts “Whose Garter?”]
Tournament. David Crouch. Hambledon and London, 2005. [An entertaining overview of the medieval tournament, its history and traditions.]
St George’s Chapel Windsor in the Fourteenth Century. ed. Nigel Saul. The Boydell Press 2005. [See particularly the articles by W.M. Ormrod and Juliet Vale for background on the Order of the Garter.]
Edward III’s Round Table at Windsor. Julian Munby, Richard Barber, and Richard Brown. The Boydell Press 2007. (For background on the original plan for an order of the Round Table.]
The Order of the Garter 1348-1461: Chivalry and Politics in Late Medieval England. Hugh E. L. Collins. Oxford Historical Monographs, OUP 2000. [Basic background on the Order of the Garter.]
Three Medieval Queens: Queenship and the Crown in Fourteenth Century England. Lisa Benz St. John. Palgrave McMillan 2012. [Margaret of France, Edward I’s second queen; Isabella of France, Edward II’s queen; Philippa of Hainault, Edward III’s queen.]
The Black Prince’s Palace at Kennington, Surrey. Graham J. Dawson. British Archaeological Reports 26 1976.
BACKGROUND READING FOR THE KING’S MISTRESS
Aers, David. “Class, Gender, Medieval Criticism, and Piers Plowman,” Class and Gender in Early English Literature: Intersections, eds. Britton J. Harwood and Gillian R. Overing. Indiana University Press, pp. 59-75.
Bak, János M. “Queens as Scapegoats in Medieval Hungary,” in Queens and Queenship in Medieval Europe, ed. Anne J. Duggan. Boydell Press 1997, pp. 223-233.
Beardwood, Alice. Alien Merchants in England 1350 to 1377: Their Legal and Economic Position. Medieval Academy of American 1931.
Bothwell, James. ‘The Management of Position: Alice Perrers, Edward III, and the Creation of a Landed Estate, 1362-1377,’ Journal of Medieval History 24 (1998), 31-51.
Clark, James G. A Monastic Renaissance at St Albans: Thomas Walsingham and his Circle c. 1350-1440. Clarendon Press 2004.
Coss, Peter, and Maurice Keen, eds. Heraldry, Pageantry and Social Display in Medieval England. Boydell Press 2002.
Dodd, Gwilym. ‘Crown, Magnates and Gentry: The English Parliament, 1369-1421’ unpublished D.Phil. thesis, University of York, 1998.
Fine, Gary Alan. Difficult Reputations: Collective Memories of the Evil, Inept, and Controversial. U of Chicago 2001.
Girard, Rene. The Girard Reader. Ed. James G. Williams. Crossroad 1996.
Given-Wilson, Chris, and Alice Curteis. The Royal Bastards of Medieval England. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1984, 136-142.
Given-Wilson, Chris. The Royal Household and the King’s Affinity: Service, Politics and Finance in England 1360-1413. Yale University Press, 1986.
Gransden, Antonia. Historical Writing in England, vol. 2, c. 1307 to the Early Sixteenth Century. Routledge & Kegan Paul 1982
Hallissy, Margaret. Clean Maids, True Wives, Steadfast Widows: Chaucer’s Women and Medieval Codes of Conduct. Greenwood Press 1993.
Harbison, S. ‘William of Windsor, the Court Party and the Administration of Ireland,’ in England and Ireland in the Later Middle Ages, ed. J Lydon. Dublin, 1981, 158-162.
Holmes, George. The Good Parliament. Oxford Clarendon Press 1975.
Lacey, Helen. ‘The Politics of Mercy: The Use of the Royal Pardon in Fourteenth-Century England,’ unpublished D. Phil. thesis University of York, 2005.
Lees, Clare A. “Gender and Exchange in Piers Plowman,” Class and Gender in Early English Literature: Intersections, eds. Britton J. Harwood and Gillian R. Overing. Indiana University Press, pp. 112-30.
Mieszkowski, Gretchen. “The Reputation of Criseyde 1155-1500,” in Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences 43, Dec 71, pp.71-153.
Mortimer, Ian. The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation. Jonathan Cape, 2006.
Myers, A. R. “The Wealth of Richard Lyons,” Essays in Medieval History Presented to Bertie Wilkinson, ed. T. A. Sandquist and M. R. Powicke. U of Toronto Press, 1969, pp. 301-329.
Netherton, Robin. “The Tippet: Accessory after the Fact?” Medieval Clothing and Textiles, vol I, ed. Robin Netherton and Gale R Owen-Crocker. Boydell Press 2005. pp. 115-132.
Ormrod, W. M. Political Life in Medieval England, 1300-1450. St Martin’s Press, 1995.
Ormrod, W. M. The Reign of Edward III. Tempus, 2000.
Ormrod, W. M. ‘The Trials of Alice Perrers,’ Speculum, 83(2), 2008, 366-396.
Ormrod, W. M. ‘Who was Alice Perrers?’, Chaucer Review, xl (2006), 219-29.
Perera, Sylvia Brinton. The Scapegoat Complex: Toward a Mythology of Shadow and Guilt. Inner City Books 1986.
Sherborne, James. War, Politics and Culture in Fourteenth-Century England. Ed. Anthony Tuck Hambledon Press 1994.
Tavormina, M. Teresa. Kindly Similitude: Marriage and Family in Piers Plowman. D.S. Brewer 1995.
Taylor, John. English Historical Literature in the Fourteenth Century. Clarendon Press 1987.
Taylor, John, Wendy R. Childs, and Leslie Watkiss, trans and ed. The St Albans Chronicle: The Chronica maiora of Thomas Walsingham, I, 1376-1394. Oxford Clarendon Press, 2003.
Vale, Juliet. Edward III and Chivalry: Chivalric Society and Its Context 1270-1350. Boydell Press 1982.
Vale, Malcolm. The Princely Court: Medieval Courts and Culture in North-West Europe 1270-1380. Oxford UP 2001.
Yunck, John A. The Lineage of Lady Meed: The Development of Mediaeval Venality Satire. U. of Notre Dame Press 1963.