The following titles are recommended and often used by members of Micel Folcland. Members should feel free to add books and annotations, and they should attach their names as well. Anti-recommendations are encouraged as well.

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Siddorn, Kim. Viking Weapons and Warfare. 2003.
Authoritative book by Regia's founder, with many phonographs of Regia events as well—Folo

Bridgeford, Andrew. 1066: The Hidden History In The Bayeux Tapestry. 2006.
Fascinating examination of the history, technique and meaning of the Bayeux Embroidery—Folo
Pierre de Bouet (editor). The Bayeux Tapestry: Embroidering the Facts of History. 1999.
Collection of the proceedings from the Cerisny Colloquium, with many interesting articles and great illust6rations, including back shots of the embroidery. It is available in English but only from Amazon France. Well worth figuring out the French instructions—Folo

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Mould, Quita, Ian Carlisle and Esther Cameron, Leather and Leatherworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York. 2003.
One of the phenomenal books from the York Archaeological Trust, showing finds from excavations in York, plans and small essays on the craft. This one features belts, scabbards, shoes and much else. They're relatively pricey but well worth it!—Folo

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Brooke, Iris. Various Titles.
Run away. Books written in the early twentieth century featuring outdated research and illustrations redrawn from primary sources—Folo

Ewing, Þor. Viking Costume. 2006.
Overview of aspects of Norse clothing, drawing from earlier sources, archaeological investigation and the author's own conclusions—Folo

Norris, Herbert. Costume and Fashion: v 1—Through the Earlier Ages. 1999 (1924)
A standard work with many patterns and illustrations. Because illustrations are redrawn from primary sources, care should be taken when using the book—Folo

Owen-Crocker, Gail. Dress in Anglo-Saxon England, Second Edition. 2004.
Excellent source on the details of Anglo-Saxon costume. Minimally useful as practical guide as most of the information is aimed at researching the entire kit. The second edition is three times as large as the first and is highly recommended—Folo

Almgren, Bertil (editor). The Viking. 1980.
Large-format and heavily illustrated coffee-table book that tells a lot about Viking culture and how certain things—for example, the loom and the turtle broaches—were accomplished. Expensive and outdated in some areas, but well worth it if you have an interest in things Norse and are willing to check on statements—Folo

Anderson, Jay. Time Machines: The World of Living History. 1984.
The seminal work about living history in all its aspects. It is over a quarter-century old and still the best of its kind, though it was written before Regia was created–Folo

FitzHugh, William W. and Elizabeth I. Ward (eds.). Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. 2000.
A series of articles on aspects of Viking territorial expansionism, with appendices on representations of Vikings in popular culture and Viking reenacting, among other subject. Based on the traveling museum exhibit—Folo

Holman, Katherine. The Northern Conquest: Vikings in Britain and Ireland. 2007.
An excellent book on the Danelaw and the Anglo-Scandinvians, comparing many recent theories—Folo

Howarth, David. 1066: The Year of the Conquest. 1981.
Gloriously opinionated book that also covers everyday life in pre-Conquest Britain—Folo

Lacey, Rovert and Danny Danziher, The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium. 2000.
Not really a cautionary tale comparing the turn of the First Millennium with the then-upcoming turn of the Second, but a good look at everyday life using the Julius Work Calendar as the internal theme. Dealing specifically with England—Folo

Leahy, Kevin. Anglo-Saxon Crafts: Revealing History. 2003.
This accessible volume addresses different crafts practiced by the Anglo-Saxons, including woodworking, leatherworking, pottery and textiles. Looking at surviving artifacts, Leahy comments on construction and technology—Folo

Magnusson, Magnus. Vikings. 2003.
Companion to the television series, a good overview of the Viking era, profusely illustrated and engagingly written Later editions are slightly rewritten, less profusely illustrated but still well written—Folo

Thorsson, Ornolfur (ed.). The Sagas of the Icelanders. 2000.
A collection of translations by various persons of sagas and 7yþaettir, with valuable notes and appendixes. The sagas are indispensable reading, and this is a rich and meaty collection. The names of the actual editor is hidden, and the name of novelist Jane Smiley—the author of the depressing The Greenlanders and author of the preface—is displayed more prominently than the name of the editor.—Folo

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