Here is the next chunk of research books I've used to help me write THE TIME OF SINGING.
These are the more general ones involving politics and aspects of Medieval life. I've not listed them all, I'd still be here this time next week, but here's a cross-section selection. (try saying that 3 times fast!)
The picture is from The Castle Story by Sheila Sancha. It's a fabulous resource detailing the history of castle building throughout the Middle Ages. I particularly like it for its clear diagrams and reconstruction illustrations which have really helped me get a grasp on how things might have looked. If you click on the picture, it should enlarge to give you a good idea of how Framlingham Castle looked before my hero, Roger Bigod, rebuilt it when he was finally granted the earldom in 1189.
Also for the story of Framlingham Castle, I used a detailed article in Castles Conquests and Charters: The Collected Papers of R.Allen Brown published by Boydell.
English Heritage's guidebook to Framlingham Castle
Norman Stone Castles (1) The British Isles 1066-1216 by Christopher Gravell, illustrated by Adam Hook, Osprey Publishing. Fortress series. Has a good diagram of Framlingham's curtain wall and how it worked in defending the castle
The Building of Orford Castle - a translation from the Pipe rolls 1163 - 78 translation by Valerie Potter.
The Birth of the English Common Law by R.C. Caenegem - Cambridge University Press
English Justice between the Norman Conquest and the Great Charter 1066-1215 by Doris M. Stenton
England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings by Robert Bartlett
The City of London from Prehistoric Times to 1520: edited by Mary Lobel (maps)
Survey of Medieval Winchester vols 1 and 2 by Derek Keane
Old London Bridge Lost and Found by Bruce Watson - Museum of London
England Without Richard 1189-1199 by John. T. Appleby
The Medieval Garden by Sylvia Landsberg
Tournament by David Crouch
Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience by Michael Prestwich
The Sword in the Age of Chivalry by Ewart Oakeshott
Cogs, Caravels and Galleons: The Sailing Ship 1000 - 1650 - Conway's History of the Ship
Sexuality in Medieval Europe: doing unto others by Ruth Mazo Karras
The Plantagenet Empire 1154-1224 by Martin Aurell
Next time, for a finale, I'll post a few pictures from my own gallery of photographs I have used to inform and inspire me.