I am the King George III Professor at Ohio State University. My research interests are: the jury, coroners, marriage / divorce, women and gender relationships in later medieval England. I am also one of the co-founders of Legal History Miscellany: https://legalhistorymiscellany.com/


2001: Ph.D., History, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada). Advisor: Cynthia J. Neville

1996: M.A., History, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada). Advisor: Alexander C. Murray

1995: Honors B.A., History, Glendon College, York University (Toronto, Canada). Advisor: Ian Gentles

Work Shared in CORE

Book chapters

Other Publications

Authored Books

Pain, Penance, and Protest: Peine Forte et Dure in Medieval England. Studies in Legal History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. ISBN: 9781009067065.

Forensic Medicine and Death Investigation in Medieval England. Routledge Research in Medieval Studies Series. New York: Routledge. 311 pp. Hardback: published Sept. 2015, ISBN 976-1-317-61024-3. Paperback: Apr., 2016. ISBN 978-1138223073

Divorce in Medieval England: From One to Two Persons in Law. Routledge Research in Medieval Studies Series. New York: Routledge. 200 pp. Hardback: Mar. 2013, ISBN 978-0-415-82516-0. Paperback: Feb., 2015. ISBN 978-1138904002.

The Language of Abuse: Marital Violence in Later Medieval England. The Later Middle Ages Series. Leiden: Brill, 2007. 286 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-15634-0

Edited Books

With K.J. Kesselring, eds., Crossing Borders: Boundaries and the Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain. Essays in Honour of Cynthia J. Neville. The Later Middle Ages Series. Leiden: Brill, Apr. 2018.  295 pp. ISBN 978-09-04-36495-0.

With Wendy J. Turner. Medicine and the Law in the Middle Ages. Medieval Law and its Practice Series. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 378 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-26909-4.


Journal Articles

“Even a Compensation Culture has its Limits: Arbitrating Homicide in Fifteenth-Century England.” Journal of Legal History 44.2 (2023): 1-32.

“More than Mothers: Juries of Matrons and Pleas of the Belly in Medieval England.” Law and History Review 37, no. 2 (2019): 353-96.

“Getting Medieval on Steven Pinker: Violence and Medieval England.” Special Issue: The Pinker Thesis, ed. Philip Dwyer and Mark S. Micale. Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques 44, no. 1 (2018): 29-40.

“Sacred People, Sacred Spaces: Evidence of Parish Respect and Contempt for the pre-Reformation Clergy.” Canadian Journal of History 47, no. 1 (2012): 1-27.

“Abortion Medieval Style? Assaults on Pregnant Women in Later Medieval England.” Women’s Studies: An Inter-disciplinary Journal 40, no. 6 (2011): 778-799.

“Medicine on Trial: Regulating the Health Professions in Later Medieval England.” Special Issue: Miscellaneous Medievalist: Essays in Memory of Margaret Wade Labarge, ed. Jacqueline Murray. Florilegium 28 (2011): 71-94.

“A Case of Indifference? Child Murder in Later Medieval England.” Special Issue: Domestic Violence in History, ed. Meghan McLaughlin. Journal of Women’s History 19, no. 4 (2007): 59-82.

“Cultures of Suicide? Regionalism and Suicide Verdicts in Medieval England.” The Historian 69, no. 3 (2007): 427-49.

“Runaway Wives: Husband Desertion in Medieval England.” Journal of Social History 40, no. 2 (2006): 337-59.

“Women, Suicide, and the Jury in Later Medieval England.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 32, no. 1 (2006): 141-66.

“Local Concerns: Suicide and Jury Behavior in Medieval England.” History Compass 4, no. 5 (2006): 820-35.

“Degrees of Culpability: Suicide Verdicts, Mercy, and the Jury in Medieval England.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 36, no. 2 (2006): 263-90.

“Abortion by Assault: Violence against Pregnant Women in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-century England.” Journal of Women’s History 17, no. 4 (2005): 9-31.

“‘I will never consent to be wedded with you!’: Coerced Marriage in the Courts of Medieval England.” Canadian Journal of History 39, no. 2 (2004): 247-70.

“The Law as a Weapon in Marital Disputes: Evidence from the Late Medieval Court of Chancery, 1424-1529.” Journal of British Studies 43, no. 3 (2004): 291-316.

“Spousal Abuse in Fourteenth-century Yorkshire: What can we learn from the Coroners’ Rolls?” Florilegium 18, no. 2 (2001): 61-78.


Book Chapters

“Crime Detection and Law Enforcement in Late Medieval England.” In vol. II: The Medieval Age, edited by Karl Shoemaker, of a Global History of Crime and Punishment, 6 vols, edited by Sara McDougall, 175-196. London: Bloomsbury, 2023.

“Attitudes to Domestic Violence in the West.” In A Companion to Crime and Deviance in the Middle Ages, edited by Hannah Skoda, 397-414. Kalamazoo: ARC Humanities Press, 2023.

“Violence and Murder in Europe.” In The Cambridge World History of Violence, vol. 2 AD 500 – AD  1500, ed. Richard W. Kaeuper, D.G. Tor, and Harriet Zurndorfer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

“Getting Medieval on Steven Pinker: Violence and Medieval England.” In On Violence in History, ed. Philip Dwyer and Mark S. Micale, 29-40. New York: Berghahn Books, 2020.

“Breaking Vows.” In A Cultural History of Marriage, vol. 2: The Medieval Age, ed. Frederik Pedersen, 131-45. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

“Pleading the Belly: A Sparing Plea? Pregnant Convicts and the Courts in Medieval England.” In Crossing Borders: Boundaries and the Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain, ed. Sara M. Butler and Krista J. Kesselring, 131-52. The Later Middle Ages Series. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

“Medieval Singlewomen in Law and Practice.” In The Place of the Social Margins, ed. Andrew Spicer and Jane Stevens Crawshaw, 59-78. Routledge Studies in Cultural History Series. New York and London: Routledge, 2017.

“Runaway Wives: Husband Desertion in Medieval England.” In Women in the Medieval World, ed. Cordelia Beattie. New York and London: Routledge, 2016. REPRINT.

“Portrait of a Surgeon in Fifteenth-century England.” In Medicine and the Law in Medieval Europe, ed. Wendy J. Turner and Sara M. Butler, 243-66. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

“Discourse on the Nature of Coverture in the Later Medieval Courtroom.” In Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World, ed. Tim Stretton and K.J.Kesselring, 24-44. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013. Pp. 24-44.

“Representing the Middle Ages: The Insanity Defense in Medieval England.” In The Treatment of Disabled Persons in Medieval Europe: Examining Disability in the Historical, Legal, Literary, Medical, and Religious Discourses, ed. Wendy Turner and Tory Vandeventer, 117-34.Wales: Edwin Mellen Press, 2011.

“Maintenance Agreements and Male Responsibility in Later Medieval England.” In Boundaries of the Law: Geography, Gender and Jurisdiction in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. A.J. Musson, 68-83. London: Ashgate Publishing, 2005.

“Lies, Damned Lies, and the Life of Saint Lucy: Three Cases of Judicial Separation from the Late Medieval Court of York.” In Trompe(-)l’œil: imitation & falsification, ed. P. Romanski and A. Sy-Wonyu, 1-16. Rouen: Publications de l’Université de Rouen, 2002.

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    Legal History Miscellany. Co-founder and -editor with Krista J. Kesselring (Dalhousie University), and Katherine Watson (Oxford Brookes University). Word Press, 2016. https://legalhistorymiscellany.com/


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