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MA (Cantab), MSt (Oxon), PhD (London)
Tom Johnson is a Lecturer in Late Medieval History. Before joining the History Department at York in January 2016, Tom did his doctoral work at Birkbeck, University of London and held a research fellowship at the University of Cambridge.
Tom works on the social and cultural history of England, 1300-1550, and is currently writing a book on popular legal culture during this period.
Tom's research explores the lives of ordinary people during the Middle Ages and their interactions with institutions and authorities. In particular, his current work explores the way that law and legal ideas were used in everyday life in fifteenth century England, in order to better understand this period of dramatic social, cultural and political transformation.
Tom's work is based upon the extensive use of archival sources to understand the actions and motives of non-elites, which can often shed light on more unexpected aspects of medieval society and culture; his ongoing side-projects look at the history of buried treasure, the relationship between law courts, soothsayers and ghosts, and popular ideas about nations and nationality.