Dr Teresa Phipps

Dr Teresa Phipps is a medieval historian specialising in the history of women, urban society and the law in late Medieval English towns. Her research explores the nature of women's legal status in their local courts and the ways in which women engaged in litigation arising from everyday life. Drawing on evidence from different town courts she considers the varying ways in which women's access to justice and ability to litigate was determined according to issues such as marital status, the nature of different legal disputes, and the way in which local custom understood women's legal status. She has published on Nottingham women and their use of local justice and on the construction of honour in trespass litigation. She is currently working on a book on women and urban justice in late medieval England, as well as studies of women and credit in medieval England and the intersection of marital status and legal status in customary courts.