I wish I'd had "Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England, by Kathy Lynn Emerson, earlier. It would have save huge amounts of time. The books is well organized and is packed with detailed information on all aspects of Renaissance England. I've been researching this period for years and still find much I didn't know. It also clarifies some of the things I've found difficult to research. For example, there's an excellent list of alternative cosmetics to ceruse, which I found very interesting.
"Writer's Guide..." was first published in 1996 by Writer's Digest Books in Cincinnati Ohio. I highly recommend this book to all of your period writers out there! It's an excellent addition to my research library!