My research and publications are on the society, economy and church of the later medieval period. My recent book, The Nobility and Ecclesiastical Patronage in Thirteenth-Century England (Boydell, 2013), is a study of the ways in which the nobility used their rights in churches and religious houses and the value placed on those rights as revealed in the political agenda of the day. The research for the book has opened up a further line of investigation, into medieval inquisitions and their potential for informing us about changing patterns of prosperity, between regions and over time; while complementing that is my ongoing research into the prices contained in the account rolls of Durham Cathedral Priory. For further details, please see RESEARCH page.
My current research examines both medieval prices and valuations. The work on prices focusses on the medieval north east, and I am using the records of Durham Cathedral Priory to construct price series for a wide range of commodities from the late thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of the regional economy, and of the cathedral priory's place in it. My work on valuations complements this, being an investigation of the values of parish churches in inquisitions post mortem in the later medieval period. The purpose of this is to seek a better understanding of how these valuations were made, and to use them as a guide to regional variations and changing patterns of agricultural prosperity over time.
Register of John Salmon bishop of Norwich 1299-1325
Valuations of churches in medieval Norfolk
King John, magna carta and the thirteenth-century English church