Mark Ormrod
Professor of History



DPhil (Oxon), FSA, FRHistS

Mark Ormrod is a Professor in the Department of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of York. His research interests lie in the political structures and ideas of later medieval England. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries, has served on a number of AHRC committees, is a Trustee of the Richard III and Yorkist History Trust, a Councillor of the Pipe Roll Society, and a former Councillor of the Royal Historical Society.

Chair of the British Academy English Episcopal Acta Project and a member of the Comitato Scientifico of the Datini Institute, Prato, Mark is a former general editor of York Medieval Press, a member of the editorial board of the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal and a co-editor of Fourteenth-Century England.







Having worked originally on the administrative and constitutional history of the reign of Edward III of England, Mark Ormrod has widened the chronological and geographical scope of his research and writing to look at a number of the special features of late medieval politics and political ideas. He spent the late 1980s and early '90s working on fiscality in the later medieval state, helping to develop the European State Financing Database and devising methodological and conceptual structures through which to examine the subject in a comparative manner across time and space. While working on this project, he also wrote Political Life in Medieval England, 1300-1450, which is now a standard resource in undergraduate teaching across the higher education sector. Turning from fiscal to judicial structures, he co-authored The Evolution of English Justice: Law Politics and Society in the Fourteenth Century with Prof. Anthony J. Musson (University of Exeter), which attempts to re-assess the significance of the judicial changes of the fourteenth century through a new conceptual framework derived from evolution theory.

From the late 1990s Mark was heavily involved in large-scale funded projects. He was a co-editor of the Leverhulme-funded Parliament Rolls of Medieval England project (published in 2005), with responsibility for the parliaments of 1337-1377. From 2003 to 2007 he ran the highly successful AHRC-funded project on Medieval Petitions, which produced a comprehensive calendar and index of the 17,000 documents contained in the National Archives' series 'Ancient Petitions' (SC 8). In 2009 some of the fruits from the research undertaken in that project were published in Medieval Petitions: Grace and Grievance, ed. W. Mark Ormrod, Gwilym Dodd and Anthony Musson.

Between 2007 and 2010 Mark held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, during which he completed a major new biography of Edward III published in 2011 in the Yale University Press 'English Monarchs' series.

Mark has recently been awarded a grant of £785,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a major project on 'England's Immigrants, 1330-1550'. The project will run for three years from 2012.

Mark co-edited A Social History of England, 1200-1500 in 2006 and is working increasingly in the area of cultural history, seeking ways of approaching the political ideas of the Middle Ages through documentary, literary and art historical material. He has supervised doctoral work on a wide range of late medieval topics both within the Department of History and the interdisciplinary Centre for Medieval Studies and has considerable experience, and success, in assisting students in obtaining funding for advanced research and postdoctoral employment.

Resources available for research students in York

The JB Morrell Library holds a good run of National Archives publication series and county record society editions of primary sources as well as extensive microfilm materials. It also subscribes to all the major databases and bibliographies required for effective work in late medieval English history. The Borthwick Institute for Archives itself 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 and the York Minster Library.


Selected publications

Authored books

  • Edward III. Yale 'English Monarchs' Series, 2011.
  • The Reign of Edward III: Crown and Political Society in England, 1327-1377. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990; reprinted, Tempus, 2000 and 2004.
  • with Anthony Musson, The Evolution of English Justice: Law, Politics and Society in the Fourteenth Century. Macmillan, 1999.
  • Political Life in Medieval England, 1300-1450. Macmillan, 1995.


  • with Paul Brand, Anne Curry, Chris Given-Wilson, C. Rosemary Horrox, Geoffrey Martin and Seymour Phillips, The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England. CD-Rom version, Scholarly Digital Editions, 2005; Hard Copy version 16 vols., Boydell and Brewer, 2005.

Edited books

  • Fourteenth Century England VII. Forthcoming, 2012.
  • with Gwilym Dodd and Anthony Musson, Medieval Petitions: Grace and Grievance. York Medieval Press, 2009.
  • with Rosemary Horrox, A Social History of England, 1200-1500. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • with Nicola F. McDonald, Rites of Passage: Cultures of Transition in the Fourteenth Century. York Medieval Press, 2004.
  • Fourteenth Century England III. Woodbridge, 2004.
  • with Chris Humphrey, Time in the Medieval World. York Medieval Press, 2001.
  • with J. Bothwell and P. J. P. Goldberg, The Problem of Labour in Fourteenth-Century England. Woodbridge, 2000.
  • The Lord Lieutenants and High Sheriffs of Yorkshire, 1066-2000. Barnsley, 2000.
  • with Richard Bonney and Margaret Bonney, Crises, Revolutions and Self-sustained Growth: Essays in European Fiscal History, 1130-1830. Paul Watkins, 1999.
  • with Phillip Lindley, The Black Death in England. Paul Watkins, 1996.
  • England in the Thirteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1989 Harlaxton Symposium. Paul Watkins, 1991.
  • England in the Fourteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1985 Harlaxton Symposium. Boydell and Brewer, 1986.
  • England in the Thirteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1984 Harlaxton Symposium. Boydell and Brewer, 1986.

Articles (selected)

  • 'Government Records: Fiscality, Archives and the Economic Historian'. In Dove va la Storia Economica? Metodi e Prospettive Secc. XIII-XVIII/Where is Economic History Going? Methods and Prospects from the Thirteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries, edited by F. Ammannatti. Fondazione Istituto Internationale di Storia Economica 'F. Datini'. Prato, 2011.
  • 'Parliament, Political Economy and State Formation in Later Medieval England'. In Power and Persuasion: Essays on the Art of State Building in Honour of W. P. Blockmans, edited by P. Hoppenbrouwers, A. Janse, and R. Stein. Turnhout, 2010.
  • 'Murmur, Clamour and Noise: Voicing Complaint and Remedy in Petitions to the English Crown, c.1300-c.1460'. In Medieval Petitions: Grace and Grievance, edited by W. Mark Ormrod, Gwilym Dodd and Anthony Musson. York, 2009.
  • 'The Trials of Alice Perrers'. Speculum 83 (2008).
  • 'Poverty and Privilege: The Fiscal Burden in England (XIIIth-XVth Centuries)'. In La Fiscalita Nell'economia Europea Secc. XIII-XVIII, edited by S. Cavaciocchi. Fondazione Istituto Internationale di Storia Economica 'F. Datini'. Prato, 2008.
  • 'The King's Secret's: Richard de Bury and the Monarchy of Edward III'. In War, Government and Aristocracy in the British Isles, c.1150-1500: Essays in Honour of Michael Prestwich, edited by A. Kettle, C. Given-Wilson and L. E. Scales. Woodbridge, 2008.
  • 'Robin Hood and the Public Record: The Authority of Writing in the Medieval Outlaw Tradition'. In Medieval Cultural Studies: Essays in Honour of Stephen Knight, edited by R. Evans, H. Fulton and D. Matthews. Cardiff, 2006.
  • 'The Sexualities of Edward II'. In The Reign of Edward II: New Perspectives, edited by Gwilym Dodd and Anthony Musson. York, 2006.
  • 'Who Was Alice Perrers?' Chaucer History Review 40 (2006).
  • 'The Royal Nursery: A Household for the Children of Edward III'. English Historical Review 120 (2005).
  • 'For Arthur and St. George: Edward III, Windsor Castle and the Order of the Garter'. In St. George's Chapel Windsor in the Fourteenth Century, edited by N. Saul. Woodbridge, 2005.
  • 'On - and Off - the Record: The Rolls of Parliament, 1337-1377'. In Parchment and Politics: Parliament in the Later Middle Ages, edited by L. Clark. Parliamentary History occasional publication, 2004.
  • 'The Use of English: Language, Law, and Political Culture in Fourteenth-century England'. Speculum, 78 (2003).
  • 'A Problem of Precedence: Edward III, the Double Monarchy, and the Royal Style'. in The Age of Edward III, edited by J. S. Bothwell, 133-154. Woodbridge, 2001.
  • 'In Bed with Joan of Kent: The King's Mother and the Peasants' Revolt'. In Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts in Late Medieval Britain, edited by J. Wogan Browne et al., 277-292. Turnhout, 2000.
  • 'The English State and the Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1360: A Fiscal Perspective'. In The Medieval State, edited by J.R. Maddicott and D.M. Palliser, 197-214. London, 2000.
  • 'England: Edward II and Edward III'. In The New Cambridge Medieval History VI (c.1300-c.1415), edited by M. Jones. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • 'Finance and Trade under Richard II'. In Richard II: The Art of Kingship, edited by A. Goodman and J. L. Gillespie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • 'Government by Commission: The Continual Council of 1386 and English Royal Administration'. Peritia 10 (1996): 303-21.
  • 'Royal Finance in Thirteenth-Century England'. In Thirteenth Century England V, edited by P. R. Coss and S. D. Lloyd, 141-64. Boydell Press, 1995.
  • 'The West European Monarchies in the Later Middle Ages'. In Economic Systems and State Finance, edited by R. Bonney, 123-60. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • 'The Crown and the English Economy, 1290-1348'. In Before the Black Death: Studies in the 'Crisis' of the Early Fourteenth Century, edited by B. M. S. Campbell, 149-83. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991.
  • 'The Peasants' Revolt and the Government of England'. Journal of British Studies 29 (1990): 1-30.
  • 'Agenda for Legislation, 1322-c.1340'. English Historical Review 105 (1990): 1-33.
  • 'The Personal Religion of Edward III'. Speculum 64 (1989): 849-77.
  • 'Edward III and his Family'. Journal of British Studies 26 (1987): 398-422.
  • 'Edward III and the Recovery of Royal Authority in England, 1340-60'. History 72 (1987): 4-19.

Contact details

Prof. W. Mark Ormrod
Heslington Hall
University of York
YO10 5DD

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