Titles and Forms of Address, A&C Black Ltd. -- Because a small, handy guide is very handy.
The English Year, Roy Strong and Julia Trevelyan Oman -- A terrific book to sort out the seasons.
The Prince of Pleasure, J.B. Priestley - Not only a great boo but wonderful writing.
The Best Circles: Society, Etiquette and the Season, Leonore Davidoff -- An underrated gem.
The Family, Sex and Marriage: In England 1500 - 1900, Lawrence Stone -- Stone makes it all clear.
Marriage, Debt, and the Estates System, English Landownership, 1650-1950, Sir John Habakkuk -- It really does help to know this stuff.
The History of Underclothes, Willet and Cunnington -- Makes the undressing and dressing scenes easier to write.
Food in History, Reay Tannahil -- A wonderful history of food, and oh, those meals!
Sporting Art: 1700 – 1900, Stella Walker -- Art books can be great sources of inspiration.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Firearms, Ian V. Hogg -- I love illustrated books.
The Purchase System in the British Army, 1660-1871, Anthony Bruce -- Terrific information.
A More Expeditious Conveyance; The Story of the Royal Mail Coaches, Bevan Rider -- Great information on coaches and the coaching roads.