Friday, May 04, 2007

A Book for the Times 

I always advocate immersing oneself in the political, economic and social history of the times when studying embroidery of a particular period.

One of the best books available if you are interested in Medieval English History is Dorothy Hartley's Lost Country Life (ISBN 0-394-74838-7) This is an affordable book that I often turn to if I want to know the mundane, everyday life sorts of things about Medieval England.

It contains a good deal of textile information concerning the wool and flax industry, manufacture of textiles for market and uses of these goods, but all of this is put in perspective with the farming practices, architecture and other interesting subjects of the time. A good read and an invaluable reference.

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