Dr James Bothwell

Lecturer in Later Medieval English History

School/Department: History Politics and International Relations, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2814



Born in Edmonton Alberta Canada I was Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of York from 1997-9 and have been at the University of Leicester since that time.


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 monarchy 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, as well as a study of the 1381 Rising in the Midlands.


  1. Fourteenth Century England XII, eds. J. Bothwell and J. Hamilton, (2022) 210pp.
  2. IN EXTREMIS: Communal Expressions of Serious Impoverishment in the Dominions of the Kings of England, 1250-1450', Canadian Journal of History 55 (2020), pp. 198-234.
  3. 'An Emotional Pragmatism: Edward III and Death', in Monarchy, State and Political Culture in Late Medieval England ed. C. Taylor and G. Dodd (2020), pp. 39-71.
  4. The Revolution Stops Here? Leicestershire and the Rebellion of 1381', Fourteenth Century England XI (2019), pp. 155-81.
  5. What's in a Title? Comital Development, Political Pressures and Questions of Purpose in 14th Century England', in Ruling Fourteenth Century England: Essays in Honour of Christopher Given-Wilson eds. Ambuhl, Bothwell and Tompkins (2019),  pp. 163-84.
  6. Introduction' (R. Ambuhl, J.S. Bothwell, W.M. Ormrod, L. Tompkins) in Ruling Fourteenth Century England: Essays in Honour of Christopher Given-Wilson eds. R. Ambuhl, J.S. Bothwell and L. Tompkins (2019), pp. 1-20.
  7. 'Internal Exiles: "Forced" & "Voluntary" Exclusions from the Later Medieval English Court 1265-1399' in M. Penman, F. Lachaud and M. Brown, eds. Absentee Authority in Medieval Europe (2017), pp.132-53.
  8. Fourteenth Century England IX, eds. J.S. Bothwell and G. Dodd (2016), 192pp.
  9. 'The Making of the Lancastrian Capital at Leicester: The Battle of Boroughbridge, Civic Diplomacy and Seigneurial Building Projects in Fourteenth Century England', Journal of Medieval History 38:3 (2012) 335-57.
  10. 'The Five Giants: Institutional Hierarchy and Social Provision in Later Medieval Leicestershire', Fourteenth Century England VII (2012), 131-153.
  11. 'The More Things Change: Isabella and Mortimer, Edward III and the Painful Delay of a Royal Majority', in C. Beem, ed. Royal Minorities: Boy Kings in History (2008), pp. 33-77.
  12. Falling From Grace: Reversal of Fortune and the English Nobility 1075-1455 (2008 (hardback) 2010 (paperback)), 270pp.
  13. 'Agnes Maltravers (d.1375) and her Husband, John (d. 1364): Rebel Wives, Separate Lives and Conjugal Visits in Later Medieval England', Fourteenth Century England IV (2006), pp. 80-94.
  14. 'Brother of the More Famous Thomas: John Beauchamp of Warwick (d. 1360), A Network of Patronage and the Pursuit of a Career in the King's Service', Mediaeval Prosopography 24 (2004), pp. 247-66.
  15. Edward III and the English Peerage: Royal Patronage, Social Control and Political Mobility in Fourteenth Century England (2004), 235pp.
  16. 'Edward III, the English Peerage and the 1337 Earls: Estate Redistribution in Fourteenth Century England', in Bothwell, ed. Age of Edward III, pp. 35-53.
  17. The Problem of Labour in Fourteenth-Century England ed. J.S. Bothwell, P.J.P. Goldberg, and W.M. Ormrod (2000), 135pp.
  18. '"Escheat with Heir": Guardianship, Upward Mobility and Political Reconciliation in the Reign of Edward III', Canadian Journal of History 35 (2000), pp. 241-73
  19. 'The Management of Position: Alice Perrers, Edward III and the Creation of a Landed Estate', Journal of Medieval History 24 (1998), pp. 31-51.
  20. 'Edward III and the "New Nobility": Largesse and Limitation in Fourteenth-Century England', English Historical Review 112 (1997), pp. 1111-40.
  21. '"Until He Receive the Equivalent in Land and Rent": the Use of Annuities as Endowment Patronage in the Reign of Edward III', Historical Research 70 (1997), pp. 146-69.


Later medieval English history especially focusing on the English monarchy nobility patronage and charity


I teach high and late medieval English History looking at wide range of topics. Examples of the modules I teach/have taught:

People and Places: The Black Prince

Women Men and the History of Gender

Blood Position and Power: The Nobility of Later Medieval England 1066-1485

The Fourteenth Century Crisis in England? Politics & Society 1297-1413

A Medieval Welfare State? Giving and Society 1066-1536

Mastering Medieval Sources (Postgraduate)

Court and Culture in Fourteenth Century England (Postgraduate)

Press and media

Fourteenth Century English Political History

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