Dr Matthew Stevens
Associate Professor
History
Telephone: (01792) 295094
Room: Office - 102
First Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus

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. Stevens, M. The Economy of Medieval Wales, 1067-1536 Cardiff University of Wales Press
  2. Stevens, M. Women, attorneys and credit in late medieval England (Ed.), Turnhout: Brepols
  3. Essa, E., Xie, X., Turner, R., Stevens, M., Power, D. Extracting Lineage Information from Hand-Drawn Ancient Maps Image Analysis and Recognition 9730 268 275
  4. Stevens, M. London creditors and the fifteenth-century depression The Economic History Review 69 4 1083 1107
  5. Stevens, M. Teutonic Order, State of the (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Empire 3 Wiley-Blackwell

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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 America in a Nutshell, A History of Pennsylvania from William Penn to Donald Trump 1631-2016

    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.

  • HIH2016B America in a Nutshell: a History of Pennsylvania from William Penn to Donald Trump, 1631-2016

    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.

  • 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.

  • HIHM04 Heritage Work Placement

    This module enables students to gain practical experience of working with a heritage organisation or project in a graduate-level role. Placements may involve the acquisition of skills in museum work, community projects, heritage interpretation and policy (but are not restricted to these areas). Group discussion and individual tutorials will support students in preparing an extended essay reflecting on their work experience in the context of literature on heritage and public history.

  • 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.

Supervision

  • Apprenticeship Indentures in England, 1250-1500 (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Youngs
  • The Social and Economic Development of the Cities of Old Sarum and New Sarum (Salisbury) (1066-1450) (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Daniel Power
  • Innovative Approaches to Mapping the Historic Landscape Character of Space and Place in South Wales (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah May May
    Other supervisor: Dr Alexander Langlands