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Richard Goddard

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts

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Expertise Summary

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, particularly the use of credit to finance later medieval trade and Economic recession in fifteenth-century England. I have also written on and supervise PhDs on women and work in the later middle ages. I also research crafts and industry, particularly coal mining, in the Sherwood region, in the medieval period.

Teaching Summary

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

Research Summary

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

Recent Publications

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 and economic history in the later middle ages. My third year Special subject, The Black Death allows students to examine a wide range of fascinating sources available for the study of English society between 1348 and 1520 ; my third-year option, Women and work in later medieval England, 1200-1500, again uses often very detailed medieval sources to examine the work that women undertook in later medieval England.

I also teach on the MA in History. I teach on the core module, Research Methods in History and contribute to Power and Authority in the Medieval World module.

Current Research

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 Credit and trade in later medieval England that examines the the use of credit to finance later medieval domestic trade. 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, the Nottinghamshire coal industry in between c.1200-1540, medieval urban guilds and business networks and a chapter on Chaucer's Merchant in the Canterbury Tales.

Supervision

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, credit and debt or women and their role in the medieval economy. I have supervised the following PhDs:

· Judith Mills (AHRC funded), Community and change: the town, people and administration of Nottingham between c. 1400-1600 (graduated 2010)

· Alan Kissane, Lay urban identities in late medieval Lincoln, 1288-1400 (graduated 2013)

· Teresa Phipps, Women and the court: debt, trespass and gender in later medieval English towns

· Janice Musson, The Assize of Novel Disseisin, 1156-1215: a study of peasant land disputes

· Mike Jefferson, Templar lands in Lincolnshire in the early fourteenth century

Past Research

My first monograph, Lordship and Medieval Urbanisation 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. I have published an article on female apprenticeship.

  • 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
  • GODDARD, R.M., 2011. The built environment and the later medieval economy: Coventry, 1200-1540. In: MONCKTON, L. and MORRIS, R.K., eds., Coventry: medieval art, architecture and archaeology in the city and its vicinity Maney Publising. 33-47
  • GODDARD, R.M., 2010. Nottingham’s borough court rolls: a user’s guide Centre for Urban Culture, University of Nottingham. Available at: <http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ucn/onlinesources/index.aspx>
  • GODDARD, R.M., LANGDON, J. and MULLER, M., eds., 2010. Survival and discord in medieval society: essays in honour of Christopher Dyer Brepols.
  • GODDARD, R.M., 2010. Surviving recession: English borough courts and commercial contraction, 1350-1500. In: GODDARD, R. M., LANGDON, J. and MÜLLER, M., eds., Survival and discord in medieval society: essays in honour of Christopher Dyer Brepols. 69-87
  • GODDARD, R. M., LANGDON, J. and MULLER, M., 2010. Introduction. In: GODDARD, R. M., LANGDON, J. and MULLER, M., eds., Survival and Discord in medieval society: Essays in honour of Christopher Dyer Turnhout: Brepols. 1-9
  • GODDARD, R.M., 2007. Church lords and English urban investment in the later middle ages. In: DYER, C., COSS, P. and WICKHAM, C., eds., Rodney Hilton's Middle Ages: an exploration of historical themes (Past & Present, special supplementary volume, 2) Oxford: Oxford University Press. 148-165
  • GODDARD, R.M., 2006. Commercial contraction and urban decline in fifteenth-century Coventry Dugdale Society.
  • GODDARD, R.M., 2004. Lordship and medieval urbanisation: Coventry, 1043-1355 Woodbridge: Boydell Press.
  • GODDARD, R., 2002. Female apprenticeship in the West Midlands in the later Middle Ages Midland History. 27, 165-181
  • GODDARD, R., 1998. Bullish Markets: The Property Market in Thirteenth-Century Coventry (The Midland History Prize Essay) Midland History. 23, 21-39
  • GODDARD, R.M., 1996. Forgery and Urban Conflict: the Role of Forged Charters in Coventry between 1267 and 1355. In: A. CURRY and A. R. BELL, eds., Thirty Years of Medieval Studies at the University of Reading 1965-1995 53-61

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