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Mark Ormrod
Professor Emeritus 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 ''. 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.

Contact details

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