Dr Matthew Stevens
Associate Professor
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.


  1. Stevens, M. The Economy of Medieval Wales, 1067-1536 University of Wales Press.
  2. Stevens, M. Women, attorneys and credit in late medieval England. Turnhout: Brepols
  3. Essa, E., Xie, X., Turner, R., Stevens, M., & Power, D. Extracting Lineage Information from Hand-Drawn Ancient Maps. In Image Analysis and Recognition (pp. 268-275). Springer International Publishing.
  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. The Encyclopedia of Empire-3). Wiley-Blackwell

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  • 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.

  • 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.


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

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

    Other supervisor: Prof Daniel Power