The Catholic University of America

Faculty – Poos
Lawrence R. Poos, Professor
Ph.D., 1984, Cambridge University
Late-medieval and early-modern England; legal, demographic, and social history

Research Interests:
L.R. Poos is currently completing two book projects. One – in collaboration with Professor Lloyd Bonfield of New York Law School – is a critical redacted edition of the manuscript law reports of Peter, Lord King, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, 1715-1722, forthcoming (2016) from the Selden Society of London. The other is a case study of contested marriage and property in sixteenth-century Lancashire, entitled Love, Hate, and the Law in Tudor England: The Three Wives of Ralph Rishton. He is also working on a reconstruction of land use and settlement in the parish of Stebbing in Essex from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, employing Geograpical Information Systems (GIS) analysis.

Sample publications:

Roger S. Wieck, with Lawrence Poos, Virginia Reinburg, and John Plummer, Time sanctified: The book of hours in medieval art and life (New York: George Braziller and the Walters Art Gallery, 1988).
L.R. Poos, A rural society after the Black Death: Essex 1350-1525 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991).
L.R. Poos and Lloyd Bonfield, Select cases in manorial courts 1250-1550: Property and family law, cxiv Selden Society (London, 1998).
L.R. Poos, Lower ecclesiastical jurisdiction in late medieval England: The courts of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln, 1336-1349, and the Deanery of Wisbech, 1458-1484, British Academy Records of Social and Economic History, New Series 32 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).

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