Apprenticeship Indentures in England, 1250 – 1500

DEPT/SUBJECT AREA: Medieval History

SUPERVISORS: Dr Matthew Frank Stevens, Professor Deborah Youngs

RESEARH DEGREE: PhD

THESIS TITLE: Apprenticeship Indentures in England, 1250 – 1500


SYNOPSIS

Apprenticeship indentures offer an insight into fundamental relations between masters and apprentices.  My research uses extant indentures from 1255 to 1500, analysing their content and structure to produce a robust survey of the content of apprenticeship contracts, and their place in legal and economic history, to understand the conception and perpetuation of guild structures in medieval England.  I consider four key areas: the socio-economic experiences of apprentices and masters; the interplay between indentures’ form and content and the nature and aims of English craft guilds; the legal position of indentures and apprentices within the framework of common law; the diplomatic of indentures, aspects of composition, and possible temporal and regional developments.  This is original research which will make a valuable contribution to the existing academic literature on apprentices, guilds, and their legal and economic position in medieval England, and aims to place indentures within our current knowledge of medieval diplomatic.


CONFERENCE PAPERS

  •  “What’s My Age Again: Unravelling the legal complexities of apprentices’ age of majority” – MEMS Festival, University of Kent (Canterbury), June 2018
  • “Female Apprentices and Female Masters: Evidence from apprenticeship indentures in medieval England” – Economic History Society Women’s Committee Annual Workshop, November 2017
  •  “Bad Reputation: Motivations for controlling apprentices’ behaviour in medieval England” – MEMS Festival, University of Kent (Canterbury), June 2017
  •  “‘He loved bet the taverne than the shoppe’: The use of indentures to control apprentices’ behaviour in medieval England” – Staff-Student Medieval Colloquium, Gregynog, February 2017

PUBLICATIONS

“The use of indentures to control apprentices’ behaviour in medieval England” – Gorffennol, 2017


FUNDING

Economic History Society Postgraduate Bursary – 2016-17