Professor Deborah Youngs
Telephone: (01792) 513115
Room: Office - 106
First Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

Deborah Youngs is Professor of History and Deputy Head of the College of Arts & Humanities. A social and cultural historian of late medieval Britain, she began her research career exploring aristocratic culture before writing on attitudes towards issues of ageing and the life cycle in 14th and 15th century Europe.

The intersection of age and gender has been an important theme throughout her career, and more recent research has focused on the experiences of women in England's law courts during the early Tudor period. She is currently PI on a 4-year collaborative project (funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council) entitled 'Women negotiating the Boundaries of Justice, c.1100-c.1750', which compares women's access to justice across Britain and Ireland. Her own work explores female litigants at the central courts of Star Chamber and Chancery, showing the challenges women faced, but also the strategies they employed to achieve successful outcomes. In addition, she is writing a monograph on the lives and experiences of women in Wales, 1350-1550.

Professor Youngs is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of MEMO, the Swansea Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research.


  1. "A besy woman ... and full of lawe": female litigants in early Tudor Star Chamber. Journal of British Studies
  2. 'At hir owne discrecion: women and will-making in late medieval Wales'. Welsh History Review 29
  3. '"A vice common in Wales": abduction, prejudice and the search for justice in the regional and central courts of early Tudor society'. In The Welsh and the medieval world, ed. by Patricia Skinner. (pp. 131-153). Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
  4. 'Entertainment networks, reading communities, and the early Tudor anthology: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson C.813'. In Margaret Connolly and Raluca Radulescu (Ed.), Insular Books: vernacular manuscript miscellanies in late medieval Britain. (pp. 231-246). Oxford: OUP/British Academy.
  5. 'She hym fresshely folowed and pursued': women and Star Chamber in early Tudor Wales. In Bronach Kane and Fiona Williamson (Ed.), Women, agency and the law, 1300-1700. (pp. 73-85). London: Pickering & Chatto.

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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Stevens
  • Cultural Shift: Female Identity and Expression in the Evolution of the Shift Dress (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Mcveigh
  • Reception, Presentation and Purpose of Christine de Pizan in Tudor England Among The Middle Class. (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Roberta Magnani

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Head of College, Arts & Humanities - Swansea University

    2011 - Present

  • Director of Learning & Teaching, College of Arts & Humanities - Swansea University

    2011 - 2016