Lecturer, Faculty of Arts
I am interested in supervising any aspect of English social and economic history, especially of the period, c. 1250-1540. My particular research interests centre upon medieval urban society, the growth and decline of medieval towns, domestic and international commerce and the link between trade and towns in the later Middle Ages and women and work in the later middle ages. I also research crafts and industry, particularly mining, in the Sherwood region in the medieval period.
All of my teaching reflects my research interests and has grown from that research. In the second year I teach Plague, famine and flood: crisis and change in English society, 1250-1540 that provides… read more
My research focuses on the English society and its economy in the later Middle Ages. Much of my work so far has concentrated upon medieval towns and their economies. I am writing a second monograph,… read more
GODDARD, R. M. and MUSSON, J., 2013. A rich vein? Novel disseisin and the Trowell coalmine case of 1258 English Historical Review. 128(530), 1-24
GODDARD, R.M., 2012. Coal mining in medieval Nottinghamshire: consumers and producers in a nascent industry Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire. 116, 95-115
GODDARD, R.M., 2011. Small boroughs and the manorial economy: enterprise zones or urban failures? Past and Present: a Journal of Historical Studies. 210(1), 3-31
All of my teaching reflects my research interests and has grown from that research. In the second year I teach Plague, famine and flood: crisis and change in English society, 1250-1540 that provides an introduction to the main themes of English social history in the later middle ages. My third year Special subject, Mean Streets: English urban society, 1100-1540 allows students to examine a wide range of fascinating sources available for the study of town life in the Middle Ages; my third-year option, Women and work in later medieval England, 1200-1500, again uses often very detailed and insightful medieval sources to examine the work that women undertook in later medieval England.
My research focuses on the English society and its economy in the later Middle Ages. Much of my work so far has concentrated upon medieval towns and their economies. I am writing a second monograph, entitled Towns and trade in later medieval England that examines the link between the urban economy and growth and decline in some of England's largest provincial towns. Recent articles and chapters have included studies of small towns and their role as constituent elements within the seigneurial manorial economy, English borough courts and commercial contraction and the impact of cycles of economic growth and decline upon the built environment of medieval towns. I am currently working on studies of the Nottinghamshire coal industry in between c.1200-1540; medieval market foundation as an entrepreneurial enterprise and female merchants in later medieval England.
I am the director of the Centre for Urban Culture.
I welcome enquires from anyone wishing to undertake research on any aspect on English social or economic history of the later Middle Ages, with particular reference to medieval towns, medieval trade or women and their role in the medieval economy. I am currently supervising PhDs on Nottingham between 1400 and 1600, reconstruction after town fires in Early modern England, property law in thirteenth-century England and the medieval urban soundscape.
'Coal Mining in medieval Nottinghamshire' at the Society for Landscape Studies annual conference, Nottingham University (2010) Invited discussant at the Revisiting 'New towns of the Middle Ages' conference, Winchelsea (2010) 'Plenary' at the Late Medieval Stamford and Urban History conference, Stamford (2009) 'Small towns as part of the manorial economy in later medieval England', paper presented at the Centre for Urban History, Leicester University (2007) 'Medieval Coventry and cycles of growth and decline, 1043-1540: a theoretical framework', paper presented at the British Archaeological Association conference, Coventry (2007) 'St Mary's Gild, Nottingham', paper presented at the Centre for Local History conference, Nottingham University (2006) 'Critical Mass: identifying urban failure in medieval England', paper presented at the Leeds Medieval Congress, Leeds University (2006) 'Was Kineton a town in the Middle Ages?' paper presented at the Kineton Local History Society, Warwickshire (2005) 'Medieval Coventry and its people', paper presented at the Richard II conference, Coventry (2005) 'Commercial contraction and urban decline in fifteenth-century Coventry', paper presented at the Dugdale Society annual conference, Warwick University (2005)
My first monograph, Lordship and Medieval Urbanization studied the role of lordship in the urbanisation of Coventry in the High Middle Ages. My previous research has examined the market for land in medieval towns with articles on Coventry's thirteenth-century property market and on the Church investment in urban property in the later Middle Ages and studies of urban and economic decline in the fifteenth century. Other research interests include the study of medieval women, with particular reference to women and work in medieval England. I have published an article on female apprenticeship and am currently working on a study of female merchants in the later Middle Ages.