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Popular Bibliographies


Ed. note: in 1998 I attended a conference at which Kelly DeVries was presenting paper on gunpowder weaponry during the Wars of the Roses. We talked a bit about this series of popular bibliographies; the made-for-TV Ivanhoe had recently been released. DeVries jotted down the books that, in his estimation, would make good reading for a general reader whose imagination had been caught by the themes in Ivanhoe.

Two years later, in spring 2000, I have finally put this online. I am hopeful that Kelly DeVries, whom I have e-mailed this bibliography, may have a chance to review it and update it with any books that have been published in the intervening period.--Laura Blanchard

  • Barker, Juliet R.V. The Tournament in England 1100-1400. Boydell, 1986.
  • Cohen, Mark. Under Crescent and Cross: the Jews in the Middle Ages. Princeton University Press, 1994.
  • Coss, P.R. The Knight in Medieval England, 1100-1400. Sutton, 1993.
  • Crouch. David. The Image of Aristocracy in Britain, 1000-1300. Routledge, 1992.
  • Gillingham, John. Richard the Lionheart. Times Books, 1978. (N.B.--Kelly DeVries prepared this list in 1998; this entry may be superseded by the Yale Monarchs Series biography , Richard I, by the same author, published in 1999. Gillingham is also the author of Richard Coeur de Lion : kingship, chivalry, and war in the twelfth century, Hambledon, 1994).
  • Holt, J.C. The Magna Carta. Holt has three books with Magna Carta in their titles, published variously in 1965, 1985, and 1992. It is not clear which one DeVries has recommended.
  • Painter, Sidney. The Reign of King John. Baltimore, 1949.
  • Poole, Austin L. From Domesday Book to Magna Carta. Oxford/Clarendon, 1951.
  • Pounds, N.J.G. The Medieval Castle in England and Wales. Cambridge, 1990.
  • Prestwich, Michael. Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience. Yale University Press, 1996.
  • Warren, William. King John. Yale University Press, 1997.

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