Lecturer in Medieval British Social and Economic History
BA University of Oxford
PhD University of Cambridge
2003-2006 British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
2006-2009 Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project 'Private Law and Medieval Village Society: Personal Actions in Manor Courts, c.1250-1350', Cambridge Group
2009-2011 Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Southampton
Subject groups/Research projects
My research addresses a number of questions relating to society, economy, and the law in England and Europe during the later middle ages (1200-1500). My doctoral research was on the history of credit in the rural economy in fourteenth-century England, and in 2009 my book on this subject appeared in the British Academy’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs series. I am also interested in the place of law and institutions in medieval society and economy, and in particular their role in allowing people to enforce agreements and commercial transactions. Another ongoing focus of my research is the participation of medieval English peasants in the wider legal system beyond the village, in particular the royal courts. Currently I am working on the interdisciplinary research project 'Living Standards and Material Culture in English Rural Households 1300-1600', funded by the Leverhulme Trust, 2016-19. The team is investigating the possessions of rural people in the later middle ages, as part of an attempt to chart long term changes in living standards.
I am very interested in supervising graduate students working on any aspect of the economic or social history of England between c.1200 and c.1500.
Part II (third year undergraduate) Special Subject on 'The Black Death'. Lectures and supervisions for Part I Paper 8 British Economic and Social History 1050-c.1500. I also contribute to teaching for the Themes and Sources paper on 'Money and Society', and to the M.Phil in Medieval History.
Other Professional Activities
- (with Ben Jervis and Matthew Tompkins) 'Exploring text and objects: escheators' inventories and material culture in medieval English rural households' , Medieval Archaeology, 59 (2015)
- 'Peasants, lords, and commerce: market regulation at Balsham, Cambridgeshire, in the early fourteenth century', in M. Kowaleski, J. Langdon and P.R. Schofield eds., Peasants and lords in the medieval English economy: essays in honour of Bruce M.S. Campbell (Brepols, 2015)
- (edited with P.M. Kitson and S.J. Thompson) Population welfare and economic change in Britain, 1290-1834 (Boydell and Brewer, 2014)
- 'Manorial court roll inventories as evidence for English peasant consumption and living standards, c.1270-c.1420'. In, Furio, A. and Garcia-Oliver, F. (eds.) Pautes de Consum i Nivells de Vida al Món Rural Medieval. Valencia, Spain, Publicacions de la Universitat de València (forthcoming)
- (with P. Schofield) 'Understanding Edwardian villagers' use of law: some manor court litigation evidence', Reading Medieval Studies, XL (2014; Special issue: Law's dominion: medieval studies for Paul Hyams)
- 'English serfdom, c.1200-c.1350: towards and institutionalist analysis', in S. Cavaciocchi (ed.), (Florence, 2014)
- , Continuity and Change, 29 (2014; Special issue: Law courts, contracts and rural society in Europe 1200-1600, ed. CB)
- 'Monitoring demesne managers through the manor court before and after the Black Death', in R. Goddard, J. Langdon, and M. Muller, Survival and Discord in Medieval Society. Essays in Honour of Christopher Dyer (2010)
- 'Credit and the freehold land market in England, c.1200-c.1350: possibilities and problems for research', In, T. Lambrecht and P.R. Schofield, Credit and the rural economy in North-western Europe, c. 1200-c. 1850 (2009).
- 'Seigniorial control of villagers' litigation beyond the manor in later medieval England', Historical Research, 81 (2008)
- 'The availability of credit in the English countryside, 1400-1480', Agricultural History Review, 56 (2008)
- ‘Manor court procedures, debt litigation levels, and rural credit provision in England, c.1290-c.1380’, Law and History Review, 24.3 (2006)
- 'Empowered or marginalized? Rural women and credit in later thirteenth- and fourteenth-century England', Continuity and Change, 19 (2004)