If your novels are historical you also research. So, when you need to know an historical fact, where do you look for the information? Though I often go to the web, I also have shelves of books and some of the books I don’t think I could write without. I thought if we all listed the historical books we rely on most we could all increase our writing resources. I always love to learn about a new book out there just waiting to be read.
I will go first. Some of my favorite historical and/or writing resources are:
What Jane Austin Ate and Charles Dickens Knew, by Daniel Pool
The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England,
From 1811-1901, by Kristine Hughes
An Elegant Madness, High Society in Regency England, by Venetia
Everyday Life in the 1800s, A Guide for Writers, Students &
Historians,by Marc McCutcheon
Dr. Johnson’s London, by Liza Picard.
Voices from Dickens’ London, by Michael Paterson
Fashion of the Regency Period Paper Dolls, by Tom Tierney.
I am planning to buy some of the French Revolution ones as well.
A Visual History of Dress from Ancient Times to 20th Century America,
What People Wore by Douglas Gorsline. This book has almost 1800
detailed illustrations and was a library sale find by my sister-in-law.
Thank you, Kathy.
The Story of Civilzation by Will and Ariel Durant. There are six
volumes, I believe in this set. At least, that is how many I have and is an
excellent resource tool. The first book from the series I have is entitled
The Reformation and covers European history from 1300-1564. The
last one is The Age of Napoleon. It covers the years of 1789–1815.
English Society in the 18th Century by Roy Porter
Prince of Pleasure, The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency by Saul David.
The following three books have been beneficial in determining how far away, whether in walking or riding distances places are from one another in London. Having never had the opportunity to visit, I need to rely on their maps:
London Up Close, District to District, Street by Street by Passport Books
Frommer's Memorable Walks in London
London - A Visitor's Guid, by Godfrey Dixey
And lastly, a book I probably refre to the most as it is necessary for wherever my story is set, The Writer's Digest, Character-Naming Sourcebook
For a reference book, I love The Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary. I am surprised it isn't falling a part given how much I open it to find just the right word or phrase.
So, what is your favorite research source? And if you use any of those I have listed, did you find them helpful?