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 work attempts to establish first the basic foodstuffs consumed, and then to some extent the recipes used by the Anglo Saxons and Franks in the Dark ages. The combination of Franks and Anglo Saxons may at first seem peculiar however, at least at the higher levels of society, there was substantial contact.”
Staplebound pamphlet. 16 pages.