If you’re here for research of some kind, here’s an organized way to hopefully find what you’re looking for (if you’re more frenetic and follow rabbit holes like me, then go through the tags on the main blog page). Be sure to look at the Blog Roll page for other blogs, websites, and resources!

This page is intended to be more specific and bibliographic. It is not comprehensive. Obviously, if you use any of this information, do a solid and cite the site, please. The books are copyrighted to their respective holders. The blog posts are copyrighted to me. Most of the blog posts have further links to websites and other references.

Books, Articles, and Research Blog Posts
  • Wide Swaths of History:
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History by Rozina Vikram
  • Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain by Peter Fryer
  • Black London: Life Before Emancipation by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
  • Sailors: 1650-1775 by Peter Earle
  • Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath
  • Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace

Ye Olde Historical Epidemics
Things I’ve Learned About Writing Historical Fiction
Authenticy vs. Accuracy
5 Things I Learned About Colonial India
Naming Your Historical Characters
Regency funerals, Cambridge riots, and a travel notice
Crown Jewels

Arcane Knowledge:
A Basic Primer on British Noble Titles
Paying Calls
The London Season

The Plantagenets by Dan Jones
The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones
Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands by Dan Jones

The Tower of London

Tudor England:
Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
The First Elizabeth by Carolly Erickson
The Pilgrimage of Grace: The Rebellion That Shook Henry VIII’s Throne by Geoffrey Moorhouse
Ireland’s Pirate Queen: The True Story of Grace O’Malley, 1530-1603 by Anne Chambers

Things You Learn From Researching (about Cistercian and Benedictine communities)

Seventeenth Century
Random Jacobite History Lesson, Part 1

Colonial/Revolutionary/Federalist America:
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay

The Reynolds Pamphlet (Have You Read This?)
The Reynolds Pamphlet: Part Two
4 People in Hamilton I’d Never Heard Of Before

Eighteenth Century/Georgian/Regency England:
English Society in the Eighteenth Century by Roy Porter
Waterloo: The Hundred Days by David Chandler
A Week At Waterloo by Magdalene de Lancey
Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels by Deirdre Le Faye
Bury The Chains by Adam Hochschild

A Little Overview
A Victory of Research
Men’s Fashion, 1790s
Women’s Fashion, 1790s-1800s
Widowhood in Georgian England
The Would-Be Assasination(s) of King George 
4 Historical Characters Mentioned in Pearl (And Maybe Some That Aren’t)
Random Jacobite History Lesson, Part Two
Real Life Inspirations: Jane Harry
Real Life Inspirations: Dido Belle
Strange 18th Century British Taxes
James Stephen
The West Indies, 1790s
Garrow’s Law
Of Math
Art in Georgian/Regency England

Nineteenth Century
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool
Daughters of the Samurai: From East to West and Back by Janice P. Nimura
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

Victorian/Edwardian/Early Twentieth Century
Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie
A Night To Remember by Walter Lord
The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy by David Cannadine
The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol McD Wallace
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand
Victoria’s Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard
The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and The Saga of the Irish People by John Kelly
Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra by Peter Kurth

The Victorian Era
Cool Things About the Victorian Era
Cool Things About the Victorian Era, Part Two
Cool Things About the Victorian Era, Part Three
Cool (Or Weird) Things About the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography
Cinderella & More Cool Things About the Victorian Era
The London Theater World, 1890s
Women’s Fashion, 1890s
The Dollar Princesses
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond
When Research Actually Matters (about the Gaiety Theatre, London)
3 Awesome Women of the Late Victorian Period
The Mapparium and the Christian Science Center
The Tenement Museum New York City
Romanovs Part 1
Stately, Country English House
Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday
Queen Victoria’s First Three Kids
Queen Victoria’s Middle Three Kids
Queen Victoria’s Last Three Kids
Potential Period Film Fodder: Umeko Tsuda

World War One
Tolkein and the Great War by John Garth
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
Letters From a Lost Generation: First World War Letters by Vera Brittain and Four Friends, edited by Mark Bostridge
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
The Romanovs: The Final Chapter by Robert K. Massie

The Soldiers of Downton Abbey
Update + World War One Poetry
Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth, and Letters From a Lost Generation
Romanovs Part 2
Romanovs Part 3: House Arrest and Tobolsk
Romanovs Part 4: Winter of 1917 to 1918
Romanovs Part 5: Yekaterinburg
Romanovs Part 6: After Life

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Goodbye, Downton Abbey!
Shuffle Along

World War Two
Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse
Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard
Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
Night by Elie Wiesel