Peter Larson (he/him/his)

Peter Larson (he/him/his), Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. from Rutgers University (2004)

Research Interests

Medieval & Early Modern England; social and economic history; legal history.

Recent Research Activities

Peter Larson's research focuses on the social and legal history of premodern England, and the relation of local/regional to national historyl. His book Conflict and Compromise in the Late Medieval Countryside: Lords and Peasants in Durham, 1348 to 1400 is a study of the reactions of lords and peasants in County Durham as they struggled to put their lives and society back together in the half-century following the Black Death. His current project investigates the so-called "transition from feudalism to capitalism" by examining agricultural expansion in northeast England as a necessary precursor to the industrial revolution. His other interests include English law; the intersection of social status, geography, and wealth; and ideas of freedom and subjection from the classical period to the present.

Selected Publications


  • Conflict and Compromise in the Late Medieval Countryside: Lords and Peasants in Durham, 1348 to 1400 (Routledge, 2006).


  • "Village Voice or Village Oligarchy The Jurors of the Durham Halmote Court, 1349-1424," in The Law and History Review 28:3 (2010): 675-709.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • "Peasant Opportunities in Rural Durham: Land, Vills and Mills, 1349-1500," in Commercial Activity, Markets and Entrepreneurs in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honour of Richard Britnell, ed. by Ben Dodds and Christian D. Liddy (Boydell, 2011), pp. 141-164.
  • "Rural transformation in northern England: village communities of Durham, 1340-1440," in Agriculture and Rural Society after the Black Death: Common Themes and Regional Variations, ed. by Richard H. Britnell and Benjamin Dodds (University of Hertfordshire, 2008), pp. 99-114.
  • "Local Law Courts in Late Medieval Durham," in Richard H. Britnell and Christian D. Liddy, eds., North-East England in the Later Middle Ages (Boydell & Brewer, 2005).


  • 2020 Elected Fellow, Royal Historical Society
  • 2013 CAH Award for Excellence in Graduate Education.
  • 2009 UCF Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.
  • 2009 CAH Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
20823 EUH4504 English Legal History Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
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Updated: Oct 28, 2020