I am interested in exploring the nature of everyday life (social, legal and economic) for ordinary persons in the Middle Ages.

The influence of the custom of coverture on medieval women’s lives; economic, legal and otherwise.

A comparative analysis of the medieval Anglo-Norman/English colonization of Wales and Ireland, and the Germanic colonization of (east) Prussia and the Baltic Sea costal regions.

Publications

  1. Women, attorneys and credit in late medieval England. In Women and Credit in Pre-industrial Europe (Turnhout: Brepols). Turnhout: Brepols.
  2. London creditors and the fifteenth-century depression. The Economic History Review 69(4), 1083-1107.
  3. Teutonic Order, State of the. In J. C. MacKenzie (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Empire. -3). Wiley-Blackwell.
  4. Hidden histories in private hands: the Old Radnor Charter of 1318 and the need for a register of private pre-modern Welsh documents. Studia Celtica 49, 105-114.
  5. The Great Famine in Dyffryn Clwyd, 1315-1322. Denbighshire Historical Society Transactions 63, 13-35.

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Teaching

  • HIH117 Medieval Europe: an introduction

    The module is a basic introduction to the history of Europe c600-c1450, a period usually described as 'Medieval'. It outlines the political and economic structures of the period, and examines the medieval 'world view' by discussing attitudes to life, death and the afterlife. Its first theme, expansion, charts the growth of Europe as a major world power and includes topics such as the crusades against the Muslims and pagans, political and economic growth, and intellectual development in the foundation of the universities. Its second theme, crisis, focuses on the devastating impact of plague, famine and warfare, and the increasing persecution of heretics, lepers, homosexuals, and Jews.

  • HIH2016 A History of Pennsylvania, Quakers, Colony and Commonwealth, 1631-2010

    This module surveys the political, social, cultural and economic history of the State of Pennsylvania. It allows students to explore the rich history of America as it is researched and taught by American historians with the Unites States, that is, through the lens of `state¿ history. This module will allow students to explore the foundation of a key British colony in North America, to follow its trajectory of growth and interaction with other colonies before the American Revolution and its trajectory of growth and interaction with both other states and the United States Federal Government from 1776 to 2010. This module aims to help students capture the nature of `state identity¿ in America, so fundamental to American political and social history. Students will be encouraged to view America as most Americans see it, looking out from within a state context, with all of the historical and historiographical considerations that approach entails. Some core strands are political, social and cultural life against the backdrop of colonial life, revolution, civil war, industrialisation and deindustrialisation.

  • HIH3300 History Dissertation

    The History dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module that runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching for the degrees in History, and concerning a topic that falls within staff research and teaching interests.

  • HIH3311 Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1

    In the later thirteenth century Edward I began a process of unprecedented reform of the administration of law, both civil and criminal, in English realm. Edwardian reforms ranged from basic and high profile legal changes, such as making the crime of rape a felony, to more subtle developments, such as promoting a new and more professionalized class of royal justices and administrators. Under Edward I, and his successors, the crown challenged the right of local lords to administer their own law and justice, promoting the application of English common law principals in local jurisdictions, and ultimately encouraging what has been called the `triumph of the common law¿. Subsequently, during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the machinery of English criminal and civil law took on a life of its own, as a ponderous bureaucracy, which in turn shaped the common law it was established to administer into the skeleton of the English legal system until modern times. This module tracks the transformation of the theory and practice of later medieval English common law from trial by battle and ordeal, to a battle of wits between trained attorneys. This module is the first part of a two-part Special Subject concerning the development and spread of English Common Law in the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, and introduces students to the main historical debates and primary sources for the study of medieval common law. It places great emphasis on the use of records of legal cases as `real-world¿ examples, and medieval literary criticisms of the law.

  • HIH3312 Law and Justice in Medieval England - Part 2

    In the later thirteenth century Edward I began a process of unprecedented reform of the administration of law, both civil and criminal, in English realm. Edwardian reforms ranged from basic and high profile legal changes, such as making the crime of rape a felony, to more subtle developments, such as promoting a new and more professionalized class of royal justices and administrators. Under Edward I, and his successors, the crown challenged the right of local lords to administer their own law and justice, promoting the application of English common law principals in local jurisdictions, and ultimately encouraging what has been called the `triumph of the common law¿. Subsequently, during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the machinery of English criminal and civil law took on a life of its own, as a ponderous bureaucracy, which in turn shaped the common law it was established to administer into the skeleton of the English legal system until modern times. This module tracks the transformation of the theory and practice of later medieval English common law from trial by battle and ordeal, to a battle of wits between trained attorneys. This module is the second part of a two-part Special Subject concerning the development and spread of English Common Law in the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, and introduces students to the main historical debates and primary sources for the study of medieval common law. It places great emphasis on the use of records of legal cases as `real-world¿ examples, and medieval literary criticisms of the law.

  • HIL227 Medieval Britain 1250-1461

    This module focuses on British history, 1250-1520, and investigates the relationship between the peoples of England, France, Scotland, Ireland and Wales during a period of intense warfare. It considers issues of domination, conquest, nationalism, patriotism and ethnicity, and looks at the nation as a social, economic and cultural unit (eg. the rise of the English language as a political and literary medium). By looking at the Jews and those termed `alien¿ in England, it also reflects on attitudes towards the `other¿ in medieval society.

  • HIMD00 Medieval Studies Dissertation

    A dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words written on a topic decided by the student in consultation with the dissertation supervisor. This represents Part Two of the MA programme in Medieval Studies.

  • HIMM00 Reading Medieval Manuscripts

    Medieval manuscript sources are crucial to our understanding of the Middle Ages. Research across the disciplines of medieval studies is grounded in the study and use of medieval books and documentary sources. This module aims to give students the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage with original manuscript sources of various types, from early Anglo-Saxon Gospel books to medieval chronicles, from illustrated books of hours to critical legal documents. Students will engage with these sources via digital and printed images and full-scale printed facsimiles, learning to recognise and transcribe medieval hands from all periods. Students will be given the chance to read original manuscripts during visits to the West Glamorgan Archive Service (Swansea) and the National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth). This module assumes no prior knowledge of medieval manuscripts, nor any prior knowledge of the medieval languages featured in the manuscript samples, including Latin, Old English and Middle English.

  • HIMM04 Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 2: Themes and Sources

    This module aims to apply the skills and approaches learned in the module HIMM01: Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 1: Skills and Approaches to a range of important themes in Medieval Studies, including gender, identity, laws and customs, spirituality, heritage. The module is interdisciplinary and draws on historical, literary and visual sources. The content of the module will be arranged in 2-weekly blocks, with the first week in each block dedicated to introducing students to the specific theme and the second week being used as a practical application of this knowledge to a source or text.

  • HIMM06 Directed Reading in Medieval Studies

    Under the guidance of an expert supervisor, students analyse developments in research and either historiography or literary criticism, relating to a topic in Medieval Studies which they choose from a wide range of options.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Youngs
  • Mapping the Historic Landscape Character of the South Wales Region (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alexander Langlands