A group of friends is thinking of putting together a small library of books that provide a pictorial overview of period styles.
I understand that most of the "overview" books aren't particularly authentic in details. What I am looking for is 5-6 books that provide the basic styles with general place and time references. For someone new who has no idea what a houppelande or cotehardie or paned slops are, pictures are very important. Ideally, I'd like to have an overall "encylopedia" type book and a few focused on specific areas/periods.
A search through the archives revealed that the last time this was discussed in detail was 2004.
What would you suggest for this type of library?
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