Medieval & Early Modern England; social and economic history; legal history.
Peter Larson's research focuses on the social and legal history of premodern England, and the relation of local/regional to national history. His first 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 forthcoming book, Rethinking the Great Transition: Community and Economic Growth in County Durham, 1349-1660 investigates the so-called "transition from feudalism to capitalism" by examining agricultural expansion in northeast England as a necessary precursor to the industrial revolution and a contributor to the 'Little Divergence" that saw England emerge as a global economic power. His next project is an exploration of identity, occupation, and the emergence of industry in northern England. Other interests include English Common Law, and women & gender in premodern England.
“Widow-right in Durham,
England (1349-1660),” in Continuity &
Change 33:2 (2018): 173-201.
"Gendered roles and female litigants in northeastern England, 1300-1700," in Litigating Women: Gender and Justice in Europe c.1200-c.1750, ed. by Deborah Youngs and Teresa Phipps (Routledge, 2022).
Updated: Oct 26, 2021