Historical rabbit holes, for those who are inclined.
These slender booklets from Historical Management Associates are the work of an organization dedicated to historical re-enactment in the UK. They are written with a stickler’s attention to historical precision and a conviction that nothing is too arcane to investigate. Some of the books are simple transcriptions of period manuscripts; others represent significant original research, as in Cattle Farming and Grazing Management, which is 52 pages long but cites 36 sources, many of them published in the 17th century.
From the introduction:
“This books looks at medieval farming activiities and why the farmers had to work the way they did. It draws information largely from English medieval illustrations from 1000 AD to 1485 with some additional written material after 1200 when the first manorial roles survive from the Bishopric of WInchester and the first English agricultural treatise in 1270.”
Staplebound pamphlet. 44 pages.