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I specialise in late medieval -early modern maritime history, particularly in relation to Bristol. My current research interests lie in three main areas:
- Bristol's fifteenth-sixteenth century voyages of discovery. I have written four articles in this field and am currently running a major research project, entitled The Cabot Project, that is pushing forward the research.
- The illicit trade of early modern England. I have written a book on this subject, with my work also featuring in a number of popular publications, including programmes on Radio 4 and articles in BBC History Magazine.
- Irish overseas trade and economic development in the sixteenth century. This research is connected to my former ESRC-funded project Ireland-Bristol Trade in the Sixteenth Century (2006-2008). I am currently preparing two articles, which are outputs of this project.
I welcome proposals on the social or economic aspects of Bristol's medieval or early modern past. I would also be happy to supervise work on the maritime history of these periods. I have supervised or co-supervised eight research students to completion and am currently involved in supervising several others.
- David Sivier, 'The development of Bridgwater in the medieval and early modern period' (PhD, 2013), co-supervisor with Mark Horton
- Alex Higgins, 'The establishment of the Port of Gloucester, 1576-84' (MPhil, 2013)
- Claire Tremlett, 'The rise of sartorial consumerism in late sixteenth and early seventeenth century England’ (MPhil, 2013)
- Richard Stone, 'The overseas trade of Bristol in the seventeenth century' (PhD, 2012)
- Chris Heal, 'The hatting industry of Bristol & South Gloucestershire, 1540-1900' (PhD, 2012), co-supervisor with Richard Sheldon
- Susan Flavin, 'Consumption and Material Culture in Sixteenth-Century Ireland' (PhD, 2011)
- Duncan Taylor, 'Sixteenth-century maritime trade of the smaller ports of the Bristol Channel' (PhD, 2010)
- David Jones, ‘John Whitson (c.1557-1629): ‘the best type of merchant’?’ (MPhil, 2006)
Much of my teaching is in the field of economic and social history - broadly defined. Engaging undergraduate students in ambitious research and public engagement projects is a particular concern, which Bristol's BA programme facilitates. Examples of publishable work completed by my UG students can be found on my Smugglers' City website, on the Department website and in refereed journals, such as Early Theatre.
- Special Field: 'The Smugglers' City'
- Reflective History unit: 'Discovering America'
- MA Option: 'Bristol, c.1000-1542'
- Introduction to Early Modern History
- Inside the Illicit Economy: Reconstructing the Smugglers' Trade of Sixteenth Century Bristol (Ashgate, June 2012)
- 'Henry VII and the Bristol expeditions to North America: the Condon documents', Historical Research, 83 (August, 2010), 444-455. First published in 'Early View', August 2009. Copies of this article are available for free from the journal.
- Susan Flavin & Evan T. Jones (eds.), Bristol’s Trade with Ireland and the Continent: The Evidence of the Exchequer Customs Accounts(Dublin, 2009), c.1,106 pp.
- 'The Journal of the Voyage of the Marigold to Iceland, 1654' in S. Rose (ed.), The Naval Miscellany, Vol. VII, Navy Records Society, Vol. 153 (2008).
- 'Alwyn Ruddock: "John Cabot and the Discovery of America "', Historical Research, 81, (May, 2008), 224-254. Copies of this article areavailable for free from the journal. This article was first published online in April 2007.
- 'The Matthew of Bristol and the financiers of John Cabot's 1497 voyage to North America', English Historical Review, 121 (2006), 778-95. An Abstract, HTML version and PDF copy are all freely available from the journal.
- 'Charting the world of English fishermen in early modern Iceland', Mariner's Mirror, 90 (2004). An electronic pre-print of this preface is available on ROSE.
- 'Illicit business: accounting for smuggling in mid-sixteenth century Bristol', Economic History Review, 54 (2001). Winner of the Economic History Society's "T.S. Ashton Prize" in 2001. It is available as an E-Print on ROSE.
- 'River navigation in medieval England', Journal of Historical Geography, 26 (2000).
- 'England's Icelandic fishery in the early modern period' in D. J. Starkey et al. (eds.), England's Sea Fisheries: The Commercial Sea Fisheries of England and Wales since 1300 (Chatham Press, 2000). An E-Print of this chapter is available on ROSE.
I have published a number his annotated document transcriptions through the Bristol Repository of Scholarly Eprints (ROSE) and PURE for the use of both my students and other researchers. Examples include:
My unpublished thesis is also available online: