I am Senior Lecturer in Medieval History. I am a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow (MA and MLitt) and Winchester (PhD). I have worked on various research council funded projects relating to inquisitions post mortem and the Victoria County History in Hampshire and Wiltshire. Before being appointed Lecturer in September 2016, I taught medieval and early modern history at the Universities of Winchester, Chichester and Portsmouth.
I am the programme leader for the Foundation Year across the university and teach on several of the core modules designed to develop the academic skills of Foundation Year students. I also contribute to BA and MA teaching within the History Department, including the second year Option A module HS2310: The First English Empire.
My research has focussed on the nature of political society in late medieval England which has underpinned several academic articles as well as popular article and online blogs for non-academic audiences. My latest book examines cases of illegal livery giving and retaining in England over a 130 year period, examining the effectiveness of new laws on social relations and how ‘bastard feudal’ ties facilitated many of the rebellions and acts of noble violence in the long fifteenth century.
I have recently started working on two new research projects. The first, Bond, Rebellion and Society in Scotland between the Wars of Independence and the Reformation, examines the importance of legislation passed by the Scottish parliament to regulate the size of noble affinities. The second, Emotional Responses to War, considers the importance of emotions in shaping the influence of emotions on the medieval warfare. As a way into this large topic I am currently writing an article on the role of fear and hatred during the Wars of the Roses, particularly the period 1459-61, which was excessively brutal.
Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA).
Areas of expertise
- English history c. 1300 - 1530
- Scottish history c. 1300 - 1500
- Medieval society and political culture
- Rebellions and revolt
- Late medieval warfare
- Bastard Feudalism, English Society and the Law: The Statutes of Livery, 1390 to 1520. (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2020)
Editions of primary sources
- (with Michael Hicks) Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other analogous documents preserved in the Public Record Office, Volume XXXV: Edward V to Richard III (1483-1485), (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer 2021 - forthcoming)
- ‘Kingship and Good Lordship in Practice: Henry VII, the earl of Oxford and the Case of John Hale (1487)’, Journal of Medieval History, 45 (2019), 504-22. doi.org/10.1080/03044181.2019.1633555
- ‘Henry VII’s Letter to Carlisle in 1498: His Concerns about Retaining in a Border Fortress’, Northern History, 54 (2017), 149-66. doi.org/10.1080/0078172X.2017.1327188
- ‘The Bastardy of Edward V in 1484: New evidence of its reception in the inquisitions post mortem of William, Lord Hastings’, Royal Studies Journal, 3 (2016), 71-9.
- ‘The Livery Act of 1429’, The Fifteenth Century, 14 (2015), 55-65.‘
- The Royal Prisoner of Henry IV and Henry V: James I of Scotland’ in Medieval Hostageship: Hostage, Captive, Prisoner of War, Guarantee, Peacemaker, eds. Matthew Bennett and Katherine Weikert (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), 158-73.
- ‘Records of an Imperial Administration? Inquisitions Post Mortem in Scotland and Calais’ in The Later Medieval Inquisitions Post Mortem: Mapping the Medieval Countryside and Rural Society, ed. Michael Hicks (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2016), 7-23.
Popular history article
- ‘Henry V’s Unlikely Protégé? James I of Scotland’, BBC History Magazine (September 2018), 56-8.
- 'Outlaw King: Some Interesting Choices'. Review for History Department blog.
- ‘MPs as law enforcers in Late Medieval England’. Guest blog for History of Parliament Trust. Published 16 August 2017
- Herriard: Manors and Other Estates, New Victoria County History of Hampshire.
- Nately Scures: Manors and Other Estates, New Victoria County History of Hampshire.
- [with John Hare] Nately Scures: Religious History, New Victoria County History of Hampshire.
- Newnham: Manors and Other Estates, New Victoria County History of Hampshire.
- Tunworth: Manors and Other Estates, New Victoria County History of Hampshire.
Interviewed by the BBC as historical expert for Entertainment & Arts feature ‘Game of Thrones: Who is the true heir’ in August 2017.
Selected conference papers
- 'Parliament as a Stage in Late Medieval England'. International Medieval Congress. University of Leeds. July 2019.
- 'Bonds, Rebellion and the Crown in Late Medieval Scotland'. Rebellions in Late Medieval Europe. June 2019.
- 'The Wars of the Roses: An Overview'. The Wars of the Roses Public Conference. Organised by Strode College, Richard III Society Somerset Branch and the Battlefields Trust at Glastonbury Town Hall. June 2019
- ‘Smashing the Nobility in the 14th and 15th Centuries? An Anglo-Scottish Comparison’, International Medieval Studies Congress, University of Leeds, July 2018.
- ‘Henry VII, the earl of Oxford and the case of John Hale’. Fourth Annual Medieval Studies Day, University of Winchester, April 2018.
- ‘Oaths about retaining in the reign of Henry VII’. Fifteenth Century Conference, University of Essex, September 2017.
- ‘Recording Violence in Late Medieval England’, International Medieval Congress, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2015.
- ‘Illegal Livery in the Fifteenth Century: The Identity of the Indicted’. Fifteenth Century Conference, University of Aberdeen, September 2014.
- ‘Entourage, Affinity and Usurpation in Fifteenth-Century England’. Kings & Queens 3 Entourage, University of Winchester, July 2014.
- ‘Ritual and Regulation: Livery in Late Medieval English Towns’. Northumbria University Early Career Symposium on the Urban History of Pre-Modern Europe, June 2014.
- ‘Retaining Rebellion and Disorder in Late Medieval English Towns’. Late Medieval Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London, February 2014.