Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey


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Personal profile


Mark Bailey joined the School in September 2010.  He had previously taught medieval and local history at the University of Cambridge.

Teaching Interests

Mark Bailey is Module Organiser for the first year option 'The Catastrophic Fourteenth Century', and the principal lecturer/supervisor on the module, and also teaches on the Masters in Medieval History programme. He is part-time in the department.  Room A3.46

Key Research Interests

Varied interests within the general sphere of the late medieval economic and social history of England.  They have ranged from processes of economic development, to urban government and agriculture.  His current interests are in reassessing the socio-economic impact of the Black Death and the decline of serfdom.

Select Publications
a) Books
A Marginal Economy?  East Anglian Breckland in the Later Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1989).  Re-issued as a paperback, 2008

Modelling the Middle Ages.  The History and Theory of England’s Economic Development
(Oxford, 2001), with John Hatcher.

 ed., The English Manor c.1200 to c.1500 (Manchester, 2002).

Medieval Suffolk.  An Economic and Social History 1200 to 1500
(Woodbridge, 2007).  Re-issued as a paperback, 2010.

The Decline of Serfdom in Late-Medieval England.  From bondage to freedom (Woodbridge, 2014)

After the Black Death. Economy, society and the law in fourteenth-century England (Oxford, 2021)

b) Articles
   ‘The Rabbit and the Medieval East Anglian Economy’, Agricultural History Review 36 (1988).
   ‘The Concept of the Margin in the Medieval English Economy’, Economic History Review 42 (1989).
   ‘Per Impetum Maris: Natural Disaster and Economic Decline in Eastern England, 1275-1350’, in B.M.S. Campbell, ed., Before the Black Death.  Essays in the Crisis of the Early Fourteenth Century (Manchester, 1991).
   ‘A Tale of Two Towns.  Buntingford and Standon in the late Middle Ages’, Journal of Medieval History (1993).
   ‘Rural Society’, in R. Horrox, ed., Fifteenth-Century Attitudes.  Perceptions of Society in Late Medieval England (Cambridge, 1994).
   ‘Demographic Decline in late Medieval England: some Thoughts on Recent Research’, Economic History Review 49 (1996).
   ‘Peasant Welfare in England, 1290-1348’, Economic History Review 51 (1998).
  ‘Historiographical Essay: the Commercialisation of the English Economy 1000 to 1500’, Journal of Medieval History (1999).
   ‘Trade and Towns in Medieval England: New Insights from Familiar Sources’, The Local Historian 29 (1999).
   ‘The Economy of Towns and Markets, 1100 to 1500’, in N. Goose and T. R. Slater, eds., Hertfordshire Towns. The Development of Hertfordshire’s Urban Landscape to 1800 (Hatfield, 2008)
  ‘Villeinage in England: a Regional Case Study, 1200-1349’, Economic History Review 63 (2009).
    ‘Beyond the Midland Field System.  The determinants of common rights over arable land in medieval England’, Agricultural History Review 58 (2010)
   ‘Self-government in the small towns of late-medieval England’, in B. Dodds and C. Liddy, eds., Commercial activity, markets and entrepreneurs in the Middle Ages.  Essays in Honour of Richard Britnell (Boydell, 2011)
   'The myth of the seigniorial reaction in England 1350 to 1380', in M. Kowaleski, J. Langdon and P. Schofield, eds. Peasants and lords in the medieval economy. Essays in honour of Bruce MS Campbell (Turnhout, 2012)
   'The transformation of customary tenures in southern England 1300 to 1550', Agricultural History Review, 62 (2014)
   'The Plowman' in S.H. RIgby and A. Minnis, eds. Historians on Chaucer (Oxford, 2014)
   'The peasants and the Great Revolt', in S.H. RIgby and S. Echard, eds., Historians on John Gower (Woodbridge, 2019)
   'Tallage-at-will in late medieval England', English Hsitorical Review, (2019)
    'The transformation of the Suffolk coast, 1200 to 1600: from Orford Ness to Goseford', Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, 45 (2021)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land