This page will include a bibliography of French and useful general costuming and art books and websites.
Websites and blogs
Le Costume Historique – in French. An excellent blog discussing various details of 16th century dress.
Le Portrait de la Renaissance Francaise – in French. Excellent links to museums and libraries and pictures.
Grand Ladies – In English. Lots of portraits of ladies from 16th (and 17th) centuries. French as well as other nations. I would suggest ignoring patterns and descriptions sourced from Norris – he’s not a reliable source.
Jillwheezul – Not sure whose blog it is as I stumbled on this by accident, but it has some excellent extracts from wardrobe accounts or inventories and other research, including from France. Highly recommend a visit
Mode Historique – A fabulous blog with lots of research, costumes, links and the like. Has a really good analysis of the French hood (I don’t agree with everything she says, but it is a really great analysis)