I’ll go ahead and admit it up front: no amount of research would have been enough to adequately address the complexities of the period this book takes place in. Had I stopped out of my writing career for six years to go get a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century English history, maybe. Nothing less than that would do it. But I did my best with the time I had, which is to say, I got just far enough in to figure out how utterly crazy the English Civil War was.
If you would like to investigate the crazy for yourself, try these books.
The Stuart period
- Emerson, Kathy Lynn. The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England: from 1485-1649.
- Hill, Christopher. The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution.
- Picard, Liza. Restoration London.
History (in rough chronological order)
- Coward, Barry. The Stuart Age.
- Davies, Godfrey. The Early Stuarts: 1603-1660.
- Kishlansky, Mark. A Monarchy Transformed: Britain 1603-1714.
- Stone, Lawrence. Causes of the English Revolution, 1529-1642.
- Russell, Conrad. The Causes of the English Civil War.
- Reinmuth, Howard S., ed. Early Stuart Studies.
- Wedgwood, C.V. The King’s Peace: 1637-1641.
- Camden Fourth Series 19. Proceedings of the Short Parliament.
- Camden Fourth Series 35. Aston’s Diary of the Short Parliament.
- Wedgwood, C.V. The King’s War: 1641-1647.
- Brunton, D. and D.H. Pennington. Members of the Long Parliament.
- MacCormack, John R. Revolutionary Politics in the Long Parliament.
- Stevenson, Gertrude Scott, ed. Charles I in Captivity, from Contemporary Sources.
- Underdown, David. Pride’s Purge: Politics in the Puritan Revolution.
- Wedgwood, C.V. A Coffin for King Charles: The Trial and Execution of Charles I.
- Lagomarsino, David and Charles T. Wood, eds. The Trial of Charles I: A Documentary History.
- Davies, Godfrey. The Restoration of Charles II, 1658-1660.
- Moote, A. Lloyd and Dorothy C. Moote. The Great Plague: The Story of London’s Most Deadly Year.
- Bell, Walter George. The Great Fire of London.
- Tinniswood, Adrian. By Permission of Heaven: The True Story of the Great Fire of London.
- Briggs, Katherine. The Anatomy of Puck: An Examination of Fairy Beliefs Among Shakespeare’s Contemporaries and Successors.
- Briggs, Katherine. British Folk Tales and Legends.
- Briggs, Katherine. The Faeries in Tradition and Literature.
- Briggs, Katherine. Pale Hecate’s Team: An Examination of the Beliefs on Witchcraft and Magic Among Shakespeare’s Contemporaries and His Immediate Successors.
- Keightley, Thomas. The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves & Other Little People.
- Simpson, Jacqueline. A Dictionary of English Folklore.
- Westwood, Jennifer and Jacqueline Simpson. The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England’s Legends from Spring-Heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys.
- Ackroyd, Peter. London: The Biography.
- Bell, Walter G. et al. London Wall Through Eighteen Centuries.
- Matthews, John and Chesca Potter. The Aquarian Guide to Legendary London.
- Prockter, Adrian and Robert Taylor. The A to Z of Elizabethan London. (aka “the Agas map book”)
- Smith, Stephen. Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets.
- Stow, John. A Survey of London, Vols. 1 and 2.
- Tames, Richard. A Traveller’s History of London.
- Whitfield, Peter. London: A Life in Maps.
- Cormack, Patrick. Westminster: Palace and Parliament.
- Dugdale, George S. Whitehall Through the Centuries.
- Jones, Clyve and Sean Kelsey. Housing Parliament: Dublin, Edinburgh, and Westminster.
- Lapper, Ivan and Geoffrey Parnell. The Tower of London: A 2000-Year History.
- Saunders, Ann, ed. The Royal Exchange.
- Thurley, Simon. Lost Buildings of Britain.
- Thurley, Simon. The Whitehall Palace Plan of 1670.
- Bhreathnach, Edel and Conor Newman. Tara.
- Ellis, Peter Beresford. Dictionary of Celtic Mythology.
- Ellis, Peter Beresford. The Druids.
- Green, Miranda J., ed. The Celtic World.
- Matthews, Caitlín and John Matthews. The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom.
- O’Rahilly, Cecile, ed. Táin Bó Cúailnge.
- Ashley, Maurice. The Stuarts. (series: A Royal History of England)
- Wedgwood, C.V. Strafford.
- Wilson, Derek. The King and the Gentleman: Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1649.
- Ashton, Robert. The City and the Court, 1603-1643.
- Beaven, Alfred B. The Aldermen of the City of London (2 vols.)
- Brooke, Iris and James Laver. English Costume from the Seventeenth Through the Nineteenth Centuries.
- Hill, Wayne F. and Cynthia J. Öttchen. Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wit.
- Jones, Archer. The Art of War in the Western World.
- Judge, Michael. The Dance of Time: The Origins of the Calendar: A Miscellany of History and Myth, Religion and Astronomy, Festivals and Feast Days.
- Leoni, Edgar. Nostradamus and His Prophecies.
- Lindley, Keith. Popular Politics and Religion in Civil War London.
- Newman, Paul. Lost Gods of Albion: The Chalk Hill-Figures of Britain.
- Peacock, John. Costume 1066-1990s: A Complete Guide to English Costume Design and History.
- Pearl, Valerie. London and the Outbreak of the Puritan Revolution
- Picard, Liza. Elizabeth’s London.
- Roberts, Keith. Soldiers of the English Civil War (1): Infantry.
- Tarassuk, Leonid and Claude Blair. The Complete Encyclopedia of Arms and Weapons.
- Young, Michael B. King James and the History of Homosexuality.
- Abrams, M. H. et al. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume 1.
- D’Avenant, William, Sir. The Wits.
- Defoe, Daniel. Journal of a Plague Year.
- Dryden, John. Annus Mirabilis.
- Evelyn, John. Diary.
- Milton, John. Paradise Lost.
- Pepys, Samuel. Diary.
- Skeaping, Lucie, ed. Broadside Ballads.
- Smith, Nigel. Literature & Revolution in England, 1640-1660.
- Wedgwood, C.V. Seventeenth-Century English Literature.
- Wedgwood, C.V. Poetry & Politics Under the Stuarts.
I also made use of many of the same online resources cited for Midnight Never Come: the Oxford English Dictionary, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Stellarium, the NASA lunar ephemeris, that UNIX calendar widget, and (believe it or not) a whole bunch of Wikipedia pages. This time around, I also added the minutes from the House of Commons. Plus, of course, my own research trip.
If I could, I would list all the books I perused in the Guildhall Library and London Metropolitan Archives, but the embarrassing truth is that my notes from those sessions are a mess; I don’t have titles for everything I looked at, and where I did write down the titles, matching them with my notes is a pain. Basically, I made sure to clearly label the things I knew I wanted to use as epigraphs in the novel, and let everything else stay messy. But since these are seventeenth-century texts not generally available in normal libraries, I figure I’m not robbing would-be researchers of much. If you want to retrace my steps, go to the Guildhall Library and tell them you want contemporary books addressing the Great Fire of London. (Just watch out for the rotting paper . . . .)