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ONLINE MANUSCRIPTS :

1490?-1549 - A compendyous regyment or a dyetary of healthe made in Mountpyllyer,- by Andrew Boorde, Welsh traveller, physician and writer ( on Early English Books)

 

c.1450-1512 - The vertuose boke of dystillacyon - Hyeronimus Brunschwig (EarlyEnglish Books and Wellcome Collection)

 

1497 - Ortus Sanitatis - Johann Pruss

c.1515 De Costa hours - Illuminated by Simon Bening

 

1528 - The moste pleasuante of the interpretacion of dreames - by Thomas Hill

 

1528 - The gardeners labyrinth - by Thomas Hill. Also on archive.org.

 

1545 - The Byrth of Mankynde - by Rosslin Eucharius

 

c.1540 - Book of Hours

 

1551 - A new herball - by William Turner (on the Library of Congress and Early English Books)

1561 - A most excellent and perfecte homish apothecarye (Library of Congress)

 

1560-1609 - Royal and practical chymistry in three treatises - by Oswald Croll

 

1565 - The secretes of the reverende Maister Alexis of Piemount - by Girolamo Ruscelli (Early English Books)

1568 - The enimie of idlenesse teaching the maner and stile how to endite, compose and write all sorts of epistles and letters - William Fulwood

 

1575 - A proper Booke of Cookery - on Medieval Cookery

 

1576 - The Government of Health- by William Bullein (Early English Books)

 

1584 - The discouverie of witchcraft - on the Library of Congress

 

1586 - The Olde Mans Dietarie - by Thomas Newton (Early English Books)

 

1581 - 1651 - A choice manual of rare and select secrets - by Lady Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent ( Early English Books)

1585 - The Good Huswifes Jewell - by Thomas Dawson (Early English Books)

1595 - The Castel of Helthe - by Thomas Elyot (on Early English Books). Also as scanned manuscript here.

 

1595 - A Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin - by Thomas Dawson (on Foods of England)

 

1573 - The treasurie of commodius conceits - by John Partridge (Early English Books)

1573 - Five hundreth points of good husbandry - Thomas Tusser. And a later 1580 edition 

 

1588 - The widowes treasure - remedies and recipes by John Partridge (Early English Books)

1588 - The accomplisht cook - Robert May 

 

1591 - The treasurie of commodius conceits - by John Partridge (Early English Books)

 

1597 - The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes - John Gerarde (Library of  Congress)

 

1599 - Dyets Dry Dinner - by Henry Buttes ( Early English Books)

 

1599 - The English secretary, or Methode of writing of epistles and letters - Angel Day

1568 - 1637? - The English House-vvife - by Gervase Markham (EarlyEnglish Books)

 

1596 - Ioyfull news out of the New Found world - by E.Allde (archive.org)

1615 - Countrey Contentments or The English Hous-wife - by Gervase Markham

 

1632 - Delights for ladies - by Sir Hugh Plat ( Library of Congress) and on Early English Books 

 

1636 - The Herball - by John Gerard (archive.org)

 

1616 - 1654 - The Complete Herbal - Thomas Culpeper (Gutenberg.org and Wellcome Collection). Culpeper's Complete Herbal - Online Alphabetical Index 

1573 - 1663 - English Medical Book - a notebook containing medical recipes (Welcome Library)

1527 - 1608 - John Dee - astrologer and magician - his books online

1621 - The anatomy of melancholy - Robert Burton 

1659 - The womans almanack: or, prognostication for ever: shewing the nature of the planets, with the events that shall befall women and children born under them - Sarah Jinner 

1665 - A Journal of the Plague Year on Gutenberg.org and on YouTubeDaniel Defoe

1668 - A guide to ladies, gentlewomen and maids - Hannah Woolley 

1670 - The queen-like closet - Hannah Woolley. Also on the Library of Congress

1670 - The gentlewomans companion - Hannah Woolley

1675 - The acomplish'd lady's delight - Hannah Woolley 

1678 - The family physician - Harvery Gideon

1680 - The kitchin-physician - T.K. 

1688 - Systema horti-culturae - John Worlidge. And other books 

1693 - The compleat gard'ner - Jean de la Quintinie

 

1737 - A compleat history of druggs - Pierre Pomet

ONLINE DIARIES &  CORRESPONDENCE :

 

The Paston Letters - 15th century letters of the Pastons

John Dee - his private diary 1527 - 1608

 

Bess of Hardwick Letters - complete correspondence 1550 - 1608 

Memoirs of Lady Ann  Fanshawe - 1625 - 1680

The Diary of Samuel Pepys - 1660 to 1669

 

 

 

 

ONLINE MAPS :

 

The Agas Map of London - an interactive map depicting London in 1561

 

 

 

ONLINE COURSES AND TALKS :

 

Paleography course - the study of old handwriting, on National Archives

Archaeology of Reading - 36 digitized versions of early printed books with tens of thousands of handwritten notes left by John Dee and Gabriel Harvey

Future Learn - The Tudors (free course)

Future Learn - A History of Royal Fashion (free course)

English Handwriting 1500 - 1700 - online course 

University of Oxford - Investigating the Elizabethans - online course 

Gresham College - Elizabeth's Ghost: The Afterlife of the Queen in the Stuart Era

Gresham College - Medical and Surgical Therapeutics: Scientific Advances in the Tudor Era

Gresham College - The Natural Environment of Tudor London 

 

BLOGS, ARTICLES & TOOLS :

 

Currency converter - National Archives

Useful measurements - The Tudor Tailor

Medieval and Renaissance Material Culture - a vast collection of links and resources

New Year's gifts for Queen Elizabeth 

The Mary Rose Museum - artefacts gallery

Mendelschen and Landauer 12 Brothers House Foundations - illustrations of manufacturing processes and handicrafts in Nuremberg, Germany

The Cleveland Museum of Art - textile collection

Dr Alun Whitey - historian of medicine and of the body

History Extra - medicine and health

Circle of the Year - the Tudor Stillroom

Aulis.org - converting between old and new date styles

Living with the Tudors  - video about Kentwell Hall recreation events

Signed, sealed and undelivered - dedicated to a fascinating collection of undelivered 17th century letters

Letterlocking - on the technology of folding and securing letters before the invention of the envelope in the 19th century

History of medicine timeline

Letter writing in Renaissance Engand - Folger Shakespeare Library

Free coat of arms maker 

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