Boy, have I hit the jackpot... For any who is interested, the Kingdom of Atlantia has a WONDERFUL collection of articles online having to do with Calligraphy and Illumination. Written by our own "peers" if you know what I mean! Those Atlantian's are really with it. :)
Wonderful book if you want to learn calligraphy. Terrific pictures and examples, coupled with historical references make this a great book. Also discusses materials, to an extent, which is usually excluded from most "teach me" books.
I can't say enough good things about Marc Drogin. If you want to learn authentic hands of the medieval era, this is the book for you. It was probably my first historical calligraphy book, and it is hard to recommend books without mentioning this one. It shows the strokes for each letter, and has many examples. It would have been nice to have color pictures, but for what it is it is super.
This book is a translation of a period text. Fantastic "how-to" book on medieval materials. Indepth look at how materials were made. Word of Warning: many of the components named in this book are toxic, and should be handled at your own risk. I found this great reading.
I liked this one. It covers the different types of medieval painting, book, panel, fresco, and others. It talks about materials and approaches and has a good section on gilding. A great companion for Craftsman's Handbook, you begin to grasp more of the techniques involved.