Linda's Place - A Site for Romance Readers & Writers
A note to my friends: Links on this site have been updated through August 2016. Since web sites change constantly, I do my best to keep them current. Also, if you know of any good historical links I should use, or have problems with any of the links below, pleaselet me know.
Costume & Historical Research sites If you're just starting to do research on the Internet, here are a few places to begin: Writers' Resources Internet Sources Writing Links This is a great site for beginning your research, and covers just about everything.
Medieval and Tutor Clothing - Buy Medieval Armor and Medieval knights, costumes, clothes, shields, swords and more. This site also carries high quality Tutor and Renaissance clothing, dresses and pirate clothing.
Medieval Armor - Buy Medieval Armor and costumes, replica swords, weapons and fine suits of armor at this site that has been around for more than 10 years. Also a great place to visit to get ideas for your writing.
US History - Designed for students, this site has one of the best listing of alphabetical links regarding history I've seen.
AMERICAN HISTORY - The Civil War
Accessories for Civil War Reenacting - Another site for women’s clothing from the period, it also features background information on the various articles of clothing women wore (i.e, women’s shoes, underclothes, etc.). All, of course, are available for purchase, but it has quite a bit of information if you’re writing about the Civil War era.
American Civil War - A wonderful site which features links to products, stats & maps, battles, places, people (including “women in the war”), etc. The site also has a cannon and rifle you can actually fire…had a wee bit of fun with them—but that’s the kid in me.
Civil War Uniforms and Supplies - As the site says, you can find Civil War uniforms for sale and viewing. New to the site is a growing selection of Ladies’ Civil War apparel and accessories. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, this is a fun place to visit. It even features clothing from the Indian Wars and Cowboy Action reenactment needs.
Civil War Women - From Duke University, this site has links to Duke’s collection of diaries, letters, documents, photographs and prints from the Civil War era. Interesting site to use to get a flavor of the language/customs of that era as well as view actual photographs.
Eyewitness to the Civil War - This link takes you directly to the Smithsonian Institution site, which features diary of Mary Henry, eyewitness to the Civil War in the City of Washington. Mary Henry's diaries came to the Smithsonian with her father's papers.) The online diaries are a unique and personal insight into life in Washington during the Civil War. The diary includes information on the battles of Manassas and Gettysburg, the end of the Civil War, and the assassination of Lincoln.
Photographs of the Civil War - This comes from the Library of Congress and features a time line of photographs taken from 1861 – 1865, as well as other photographs. Good site for getting a “feel” of the era and battles.
AMERICAN HISTORY - Indians & the American West
American Indian Heritage Foundation- This site has a tribal directory and Native medicine chart. I checked the tribal directory and found listings, with phone numbers, for various tribes, if you want to visit a tribe to get some first-hand information.
Cowboys.com - This site has some interesting links, including a horse-riding video, but I found the “historical” link to be of most interest.
Frontier House - Frontier Life - An interesting site from PBS. As their header indicates, they used "diaries, letters, newspaper articles, and official documents to provide an insight into the day-to-day lives of settlers who actually lived on the American frontier. Their stories of adventure, endurance, humor, and determination are the basis of this ever-changing series of essays."
Ghost Towns - An interactive site. If you can get beyond the player piano and banjo music while searching by State, region, then town/site, you’ll find some good information and photographs, plus detailed info on the various ghost towns throughout the U.S.
Gold Rush - From PBS, this site covers such topics as The Gold Rush and the American Dream, Discovery, Fever, The Journey, etc. If you scroll down, you’ll find links to more “Gold Rush” information.
Native American clothes, beadwork, food, and more - This is a really cool site. While the news is mostly modern, pertaining to arts, tribal news, etc., you’ll find info on special articles, food & recipes, and special articles that include instructions on tanning clothes, making pottery, etc.
Writer’s Guide to the Old Wext, 1860’s-1880’s: Western Slang & Phrases - Definitely the place to stop if you want the language your characters speak to sound realistic. If you scroll down, you’ll find some good information on “Horse Sense, The Western Saddle & Bridle, Gun Basics, Victorian Names, and links to other Western sites (including several for cowboy songs).
The Romans - Designed for students, with an informative, educational page on Roman history provided by the BBC.
The Ancient Roman Theatre - Laura Finney, an educational resources planner with the Northwest Home School Group, recommended this site to me as a great resource about the ancient Roman gladiatorial games.
Electric Scotland-Scottish History - A great site with an extensive listing covering Scotish history, Gaelic literature and music, castles, famous Scots (like Sir William Wallace), battles, and even audio/video clips, to name a few.
English Historical and Celtic Links - Links on this site include: Old English Pages, Manuscript Sources for British History, William The Conqueror's Knights, Kings and Queens of England, etc. Celtic Links include Celtic History and language links to Welsh, Gaelic, Cornish, etc.
Medieval Weapons - This site sells Medieval armor and Medieval knight costumes. A great site to check out costumes, clothes, swords, as well as Tudor, Renaissance and Pirate clothing.
Gothic Clothing - Looking for Gothic clothing, costumes, etc. The Goth Code are leading wholesales of all types of Gothic costumes and offers Goth clothes at affordable rates. (Store located in United Kingdom.)
History and Travel - Historical Cheat Sheet - From All About Romance, The Cheat Sheet is edited by Ellen Micheletti, who is also an AAR Editor/Reviewer. In addition to writing wonderful reviews, this university librarian is also a lover of history and is a terrific source and resource of knowledge. Covers every period in history you'll need, and then some.
History Degrees Online - Sent to me by Gwyneth Archer, who runs this new site dedicated to History Education and resource.
MEDIEVAL, MIDDLE AGES & RENAISSANCE
Annenberg/CPB Exhibits: Middle Ages - Lovely site, geared primarily for teaching, but wonderful for doing research; includes an interactive exhibit which focuses on life in the Middle Ages, including homes, clothing, health, arts & entertainment, religion & town life.
A Boke of Gode Cookery - Features Medieval cooking and recipes, with lots of info and links for plants and other Medieval things.
Castle Terms - From Castles on the web. Subject matter obvious, but has interesting links.
Castles of Britain - No listing of Medieval resources would be complete with links for castles.
Cawdor Castle - Great site, with photographs of a well-preserve castle often associated with Shakespeare.
Internet Medieval Sourcebook - An extensive online library with "printed" transcriptions from Europe, the Islamic and Byzantine Empires, and from the classical world to the late Middle Ages.
Life in a Medieval Castle - Great site for info on living in castles; covers the hall, kitchen, accomodations, water and that all important chapel.
Medieval Names Archive - Offers info ad guidelines on choosing Medieval names, as well as names in specific cultures.
NetSERV - An Internet connectin for Medieval resources. Covers everything, and then some.
Renaissance Costumes - Historical Clothing Realm strives to be your number one course for historical clothing and costumes, including renaissance clothing, medieval clothing, medieval dresses and medieval armor.
Renaissance Faire - Features costuming and accessories, language and pronunciation, and historical perspectives of the 1500s.
This site is constantly updated as I learn of new and interesting sites. If you have any problems connecting with the above sites, or know of one I should list, please let me know. Email: Linda@LindaMorelli.net Also, some of the above sites sell clothing and costume supplies. Please note that I have no affiliation with these sites. I have listed them for information & research purposes only.
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