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Matthew Holford is Research Officer for the AHRC-funded Inquisitions Post Mortem Project, a collaboration between the University of Winchester and King's College London. He gained his first degree at the University of Cambridge, and an MA and DPhil in Medieval Studies from the University of York. He subsequently worked for the Oxford English Dictionary and held research posts at the Universities of Durham and Cambridge.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA).

Areas of expertise

  • State, government and local society in medieval England, particularly 'liberties' (independent jurisdictions)
  • Local communities and identities
  • Inquisitions Post Mortem and related records



  • Border Liberties and Loyalties: North-East England, c. 1200 – 1400 (with K.J. Stringer). Edinburgh University Press, 2010
  • Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem XXIV: 1432 – 1437 (co-edited with S. Mileson, C. Noble and K. Parkin). Boydell, 2010
  • Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem XXVI: 1442 – 1447 (editor) Boydell, 2009

Articles/Chapters (selected)

  • ' "Notoriously unreliable": the valuations and extents', and ' "Thrifty men of the country"? The jurors and their role', both in The Fifteenth-Century Inquisitions Post Mortem: A Companion, ed. M. Hicks (Boydell, 2012)
  • ‘Feet of fines for the Palatinate of Durham, 1228 – 1457: Liberties, Law, and the Local Community’, English Historical Review cxxv (2010)
  • ‘“Testimony (in part fictitious)”: proofs of age in the first half of the fifteenth century’, Historical Research, 82 (2009)
  • ‘ ‘Knights of Durham at the Battle of Lewes’: a reconsideration’, Northern History, 46 (2009)
  • ‘Family, lineage and society: medieval pedigrees of the Percy family’, Nottingham Medieval Studies (2008)
  • ‘Under-sheriffs, the state, and local society, c. 1300 – 1340: a preliminary survey’, in: War, Government, and Aristocracy in Late Medieval England, C. Given-Wilson et al. (Eds) Boydell, 2008
  • ‘The North and the problem of regional identity in later medieval England’, in: An Agenda for Regional History, B. Lancaster, D. Newton, and N. Vall (Eds) Northumbria University Press, 2007
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