I am currently working on a book comparing village communities in later 13th and early 14th century ( pre-Black Death) England. The working title is: Strife, Conflict and Keeping the Peace; Three English Manors over three Generations, Ca. 1290- 1350. Of particular interest to me is the way communal identities are shaped, and which factors ( including for instance economic, seigniorial and geographic elements) contribute to similarities and differences in a variety of communal interactions, from gender relationships and the status of women in their villages, to landholding patterns , the negotiation of conflict, village self-policing and the construction of social -local- memories. Ultimately I feel that the answer to many bigger questions including, for example: What was the staus of women in medieval villages? How did peasants see themselves? How did peasants relate to lordship? How did peasants resolve conflict? What did peasants argue about and why? - can be sought fruitfully in studies of microhistory, the detailed examination of records of individual manors, and this is what I primarily try to do.
I have always been ( and still am) interested in gender, village society, social conflict, especially conflict between lords and peasants, and how such conflict was expressed.