Jeremy Goldberg
Reader in Medieval History



MA (Cantab and York), PhD (Cantab)

Jeremy Goldberg is a Reader in the Department of History and a member of the Medieval Urban Household Research Project. A native of Hull, he has been passionate about the Middle Ages since childhood. He joined the department in 1988 having previously been a research fellow at Clare College, Cambridge and before that a temporary lecturer at the University of Keele. His research focuses upon later medieval English social and cultural history; women’s and gender history.








Jeremy Goldberg has published extensively in the area of women's work, nuptiality, and the family in later medieval England, but his interests range widely within the fields of social and cultural history. Recent work includes articles variously on gender and space, children, guild drama and the social context of variously of a York Book of Hours. He is particularly committed to interdisciplinary approaches and is increasingly sensitive to the value of applying analytical tools derived from other disciplines to the reading of historical sources. He has recently completed a monograph study of a disputed marriage case from the court of York. Current work is focused on childhood and adolescence. Following this he hopes to write a book on medieval houses and the people who inhabit them and a jointly authored book on the York Corpus Christ drama.

Resources available for research students in York

The JB Morrell Library holds a good run of county record society editions of primary sources and offers Acta Sanctorum online. The Borthwick Institute for Archives contains an unrivalled collection of Church court records, a rich collection of regional wills, and substantial materials relating to diocesan administration. Additional medieval archival sources are housed within the City Archives, the York Minster Library, and the Merchant Adventurers' archive


Selected publications

Authored books

  • Communal Discord, Child Abduction and Rape in Late Medieval England. New York: Palgrave, 2007.
  • Medieval England: A Social History 1250-1550. London: Hodder Arnold, 2004.
  • Women in England c. 1275-1525: Documentary Sources. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995.
  • Women, Work, and Life Cycle in a Medieval Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Edited books

  • with M. Kowalewski, Medieval Domesticity: Home, Housing and Household in Medieval England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Richard Scrope: Archbishop, Rebel, Martyr. Donnington: Shaun Tyas, 2007.
  • with F. Riddy, Youth in the Middle Ages. Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2004.
  • with J. Bothwell and W. M. Ormrod, The Problem of Labour in Fourteenth-Century England. Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2000.
  • Women in Medieval English Society. Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1997.

Articles (selected)

  • 'Space and Gender in the Later Medieval English House'. Viator 42, no. 2 (2011): 1-28.
  • 'The Fashioning of Bourgeois Domesticity in Late Medieval England: A Material Culture Perspective'. In Medieval Domesticity: Home, Housing and Household in Medieval England, edited by M. Kowalewski and P. J. P. Goldberg, 124-144. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • 'Childhood and Gender in Later Medieval England'. Viator 39 (2008): 249-62.
  • 'Gender and Matrimonial Litigation in the Church Courts in the Later Middle Ages: The Evidence of the Court of York'. Gender and History 19 (2007): 43-59.
  • 'John Skathelock's Dick: Voyeurism and "Pornography" in Late Medieval England'. In N. McDonald, ed., Medieval Obscenities, 105-23. Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2006.
  • 'Coventry's "Lollard" Programme of 1492 and the Making of Utopia'. In Pragmatic Utopias: Ideals and Communities 1200-1630, edited by R. Horrox and S. Rees Jones. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • 'Household and the Organisation of Labour in Late Medieval Towns: Some English Evidence'. In The Household in Late Medieval Cities: Italy and Northwestern Europe Compared, edited by M. Carlier and T. Soens, 59-70. Leuven and Apeldoorn: Garant, 2001.
  • 'What Was a Servant?' In Concepts and Patterns of Service in the Later Middle Ages, edited by A. Curry and E. Matthews, 1-20. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2000.
  • with P. H. Cullum, 'How Margaret Blackburn Taught her Daughters: Reading Devotional Instruction in a Book of Hours'. In Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts in Late Medieval Britain, edited by J. Wogan-Browne et al. Turnhout: Brepols, 2000.
  • with R. K. Emmerson, '"The Lord Geoffrey had me Made": Lordship and Labour in the Luttrell Psalter'. In The Problem of Labour in Fourteenth-Century England, edited by J. Bothwell, P. J. P. Goldberg and W. M. Ormrod. Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2000.
  • 'Performing the Word of God: Corpus Christi Drama in the Northern Province'. In Life and Thought in the Northern Church, edited by D. Wood. Studies in Church History, Ecclesiastical History Society, Subsidia 12 (1999): 145-70.
  • 'Pigs and Prostitutes: Streetwalking in Comparative Perspective', in Young Medieval Women, edited by K. Lewis, N. J. Menuge and K. M. Phillips, 172-93. Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1999.
  • 'Masters and Men in Later Medieval England'. In Masculinity in Medieval Europe, edited by D. M. Hadley, 56-70. London: Longmans, 1999.
  • 'Fiction in the archives: the York cause papers as a source for later medieval social history'. Continuity and Change 12 (1997): 425-45.
  • 'Craft Guilds, the Corpus Christi Play and Civic Government', in The Government of Medieval York, edited by S. Rees Jones, 141-63. York: Borthwick Studies in History 3, 1997.
  • 'Women', in Fifteenth-Century Attitudes, edited by R. Horrox, 112-31. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1994.
  • ‘Urban Identity and the Poll Taxes of 1377, 1379, and 1381'. Economic History Review, 2nd ser., 43 (1990).

Contact details

Dr Jeremy Goldberg
King's Manor K/185
Department of History
University of York
King's Manor

Tel: Internal 3945, External (01904) 323945