If you’re interested in learning more about the 1590s, here are some recommended titles:

Liza Picard, Elizabeth’s London: an informative overview of the city, its people, and the main events of the period

John Stow, A Survey of London: historian John Stow (ca. 1525 – 6 April 1605) compiled this contemporary account of the city, its customs, and notable landmarks.

Janet Arnold, Queen Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlock’d: a sumptuous glimpse into female fashion of the time through the lens of the queen’s wardrobe accounts and a careful examination of contemporary depictions and material remains.

Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies, The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress: insights into the construction of period clothing, with suggestions for how to make your own garments.

Francine Segan, Shakespeare’s Kitchen: Renaissance Recipes for the Contemporary Cook: you could read an Elizabethan cookbook, but Segan’s book updates ingredients, measurements, and cooking methods to fit modern kitchens.

Robert Hutchinson, Elizabeth’s Spymaster: an introduction to the dangerous world of subterfuge and intrigue that was the Elizabethan ‘secret service.’

Brian Levack, The Witch Hunt in Early Modern Europe: a lucid yet scholarly introduction to the witch hunts between 1450 and 1700.


Enjoy this video about the very grand kitchens of Hampton Court Palace and the food that was prepared there about fifty years before Diana and Matthew timewalk.