Dr James Bothwell

Lecturer in Later Medieval History

James BothwellContact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2814
  • Email: jsb16@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough 608
  • Feedback and Support Hours 2018-19: Mondays 10:00 - 12:00pm
  • Dissertation Hour: Mondays 12:00 - 1:00pm
  • Research Day: Friday

Personal details


I was born in Edmonton, Canada and I served as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of York from 1997-9, and have been at the University of Leicester since that time.


I teach high and late medieval English History, looking at the Black Prince, the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, and the development of the English Nobility in the later Middle Ages. I also run modules examining monarchy and society, gender issues, medieval London, and the development of patronage, charity and giving.

Examples of the modules I teach:


    Research themes

    My past research has been primarily on later medieval English history, in particular the reign of Edward III, but my interests have gradually spread out to encompass most of the Middle Ages after the Norman Conquest. I am particularly interested in the English nobility and gentry, as well as aspects of exaction and giving at all levels of medieval society. I am presently working on a regional study of ideas and realities of charity and community in England during the later Middle Ages, focusing on the county of Leicester.


    High or late medieval history, especially focusing on the English monarchy, nobility, patronage, and the issue of royal favourites.

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