Dr Teresa Phipps
Research Assistant
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I am a late medieval historian specialising in the history of women, urban society and the law in England. I completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2015 where I studied and compared women's legal status in different urban courts, exploring the ways in which women engaged in litigation. More broadly, I am interested in everyday life and relationships within urban society, and how legal evidence can be used to explore this.

 I am currently working as a researcher on the AHRC-funded project ‘Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice’ where I am focussing on women’s access to justice in late medieval England.

I am also working on a book on women and urban justice in late medieval England, as well as studies of women and credit in medieval England and understandings of coverture in local courts.


  1. Misbehaving Women: Trespass and Honor in Late Medieval English Towns. Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 43(1), 62-76.
  2. Gendered justice? Women, law and community in fourteenth-century Nottingham. Transactions of the Thoroton Society 118, 79-92.


  • 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.