Dr Teresa Phipps
Honorary Appointment (Arts)
College of Arts and Humanities
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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. Phipps, T. Female litigants and the borough court: status and strategy in the case of Agnes Halum of Nottingham (Ed.), Town Courts and Urban Society in Late Medieval England 77 92 Woodbridge Boydell and Brewer
  2. Phipps, T. Coverture and the Marital Partnership in Late Medieval Nottingham: Women's Litigation at the Borough Court, ca. 1300–ca.1500 Journal of British Studies 58 04 768 786
  3. Phipps, T. Creditworthy women and town courts in late medieval England (Ed.), Women and Credit in Pre-industrial Europe 73 94 Turnhout Brepols
  4. Phipps, T. Misbehaving Women: Trespass and Honor in Late Medieval English Towns Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 43 1 62 76
  5. Phipps, T. Gendered justice? Women, law and community in fourteenth-century Nottingham Transactions of the Thoroton Society 118 79 92

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