Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey


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Personal profile

External Activities

  • President, Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History
  • Council member of the Manorial Documents Register Advisory Group
  • Editorial Board, Economic History Society


Mark Bailey joined the School in September 2010.  He has 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 and Expertise

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.

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

ed., The Bailiffs’ Minute Book of Dunwich 1404-1430 (Suffolk Records Society, XXXIV, 1992).

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.

ed., Poverty and Wealth: Sheep, Taxation and Charity in late Medieval Norfolk (Norfolk Records Society, LXXI, 2007), with M. Jurkowski and C. Rawcliffe.

ed., Town and Countryside in the Age of the Black Death.  Essays in Honour of John Hatcher (Brepols, 2012), with S.H. Rigby

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

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).
   ‘Blowing Up Bubbles.  Some New Demographic Evidence for the Fifteenth Century?’, Journal of Medieval History 15 (1989).
   ‘Sand into Gold.  The Evolution of the Foldcourse System in west Suffolk, 1200-1600’, Agricultural History Review 38 (1990).
   ‘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).
   ‘Coastal Fishing off South East Suffolk in the Century after the Black Death’, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History 37 (1992).
   ‘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).
   ‘The Prior and Convent of Ely and their Management of the Manor of Lakenheath’, in M. Franklin and C. Harper-Bill, eds., Ecclesiastical Studies in Honour of Dorothy M. Owen (Woodbridge, 1995).
   ‘Demographic Decline in late Medieval England: some Thoughts on Recent Research’, Economic History Review 49 (1996).
   ‘The English Landscape’, in C. Given-Wilson, ed., The Manchester Illustrated History of late Medieval England (Manchester, 1996).
   ‘Population and Economic Resources’, in C. Given-Wilson, ed., The Manchester Illustrated History of late Medieval England (Manchester, 1996).
   ‘The History of the Rabbit in Breckland’, in P. Ratcliffe and J. Claridge, eds., Thetford Forest Park: the Ecology of a Pine Forest (Forestry Commission, Technical Paper 13, 1996), with John Sheail.
   ‘Peasant Welfare in England, 1290-1348’, Economic History Review 51 (1998).
   ‘Introduction’, in J. Brooker and S. Flood, eds., Hertfordshire Lay Subsidy Rolls, 1307 and 1334 (Hertfordshire Record Publications, 14, 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).
   ‘An Introduction to Suffolk Domesday’, in Little Domesday Book: Suffolk (Alecto Editions, London, 2000).
   ‘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).
   ‘Technology and the Growth of Textile Manufacture in Medieval Suffolk’, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History 42 (2009).
   ‘The Form, Function and Evolution of Irregular Field Systems in Suffolk, 1300 to 1550’, Agricultural History Review 57 (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)
   ‘Introduction: England in the Age of the Black Death’, in ed., Town and Countryside in the Age of the Black Death.  Essays in Honour of John Hatcher (Brepols, 2012), eds. M. Bailey and S.H. Rigby
   '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: the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales (Oxford, 2014)
   ‘Sir John de Wingfield and the foundation of Wingfield College’, in P. Bloore and E. Martin, eds., Wingfield College and its Patrons. Piety and prestige in medieval Suffolk (Woodbridge, 2015)

   ‘The myth of the seigniorial reaction in England, c.1350 to c.1380’, in M. Kowaleski, L. Langdon and P. Schofield, eds., Peasants and Lords in the Medieval Economy.  Essays in honour of B.M.S. Campbell (Turnhout, 2016)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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