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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.