Shannon McSheffrey, PhD
Professor McSheffrey's research interests centre around law, mitigation, gender roles, civic culture, marriage, literacy, heresy, and popular religion in late medieval England. She has published a number of scholarly articles and five books, Gender and Heresy: Women and Men in Lollard Communities, 1420-1530 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995); Love and Marriage in Late Medieval London (Medieval Institute Publications, 1995); Lollards of Coventry 1486-1522 (co-authored with Norman Tanner), Camden Fifth Series, vol. 23 (Cambridge University Press, 2003); Marriage, Sex, and Civic Culture in Late Medieval London (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006); and Seeking Sanctuary: Law, Mitigation, and Politics in English Courts, 1400-1550 (Oxford University Press, 2017). She has won several awards for her research and teaching and was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of the U.K. in 2002.
Professor McSheffrey's next project will explore the circumstances surrounding Evil May Day, an anti-immigrant riot in London in 1517, and she administers and continues to add to the Consistory database.
HISW 206, Medieval Europe
HIST 437/610, Popular Revolt in Europe, 1200-1600
HIST 350, Medieval England
HIST 398, Crime and Punishment in Medieval Europe
Books and major online projects
Seeking Sanctuary: Crime, Mercy, and Politics in English Courts, 1400-1550 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
Marriage, Sex, and Civic Culture in Late Medieval London (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, Middle Ages Series, 2006).
Shannon McSheffrey and Norman Tanner, ed. and trans., Lollards of Coventry 1486-1522. Camden Fifth Series, vol. 23 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
Gender and Heresy: Women and Men in Lollard Communities, 1420-1530 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, Middle Ages Series, 1995).
Love and Marriage in Late Medieval London, TEAMS Documents of Practice Series (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 1995).
Major Online Projects"Sanctuary Seekers in England, 1390–1557” (2017), a spreadsheet presenting data for all known cases (over 160,000 words), online at https://shannonmcsheffrey.wordpress.com/research/ "Residents of St. Martin le Grand” (2013), a spreadsheet presenting data for all those known to have lived within the precinct of this Londonreligious house between 1500 and 1550, online at https://shannonmcsheffrey.wordpress.com/research/ Consistory:Testimony in the Late Medieval London Consistory Court, online at http://consistory.ca, 2008-. Over 400 entries in bothLatin and English, over 300,000 words or equivalent of about 500 published pages of material, have been completed and posted in an online database to date.This is an ongoing project; ultimately it will comprise 1100 witness depositions.]
“Sanctuary, Justice, and Jurisdiction in England before the Reformation,” in A Global History of Crime and Punishment in the Renaissance, ed. Laura Stokes (London: Bloomsbury,forthcoming 2018).
“Liberties of London: Social Networks, Sexual Disorder, and Peculiar Jurisdictions in the Late Medieval English Metropolis,” in Crossing Borders: Boundaries and Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain, ed. Krista J. Kesselring and Sara Butler (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2018).
“Richard Caudray (c.1390-1458): Fifteenth-Century Churchman, Academic, and Ruthless Politician,” Medieval Prosopography (forthcoming 2018).
“The Murder of Mistress Lacey’s Maid: Ad Hockery and the Law in England circa 1530,” in Texts and Contexts in Legal History: Essays in Honor of Charles Donahue, pp. 331-347, edited by John Witte, Sara McDougall, and Anna di Robilant (Berkeley: Robbins Collection, 2016).
Judith M. Bennett and Shannon McSheffrey, “Early, Erotic, and Alien: Women Dressing as Men in Late Medieval London,” History Workshop Journal 77 (Spring 2014).
"Stranger Artisans and the London Sanctuary of St. Martin le Grand," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 43:3 (2013): 545-71. Spectrum link: http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/977940/
"The Slaying of William Pennington: Violence, Masculinity, and Legal Narrative in the Reign of Henry VIII," Florilegium 28 (2011 [appeared 2013]): 169-203.
“A Remarrying Widow: Law and Legal Records in Late Medieval London,” in Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Essays in Honour of Barbara Todd (Toronto: CRRS Publications, 2011), 231-52. Spectrum link: http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/7092/
Shannon McSheffrey and Julia Pope, “Ravishment, Legal Narratives, and Chivalric Culture in Fifteenth-Century England,” Journal of British Studies 48:4 (2009): 818-36; link through Concordia Libraries: http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/6407/
“Sanctuary and the Legal Topography of Pre-Reformation London,” Law and History Review 27:3 (Fall 2009): 483-514; Open Access link: http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/lhr/27.3/mcsheffrey.html.
"Detective Fiction in the Archives: Court Records and the Uses of Law in Late Medieval England," History Workshop Journal 65 (Spring 2008). Link through Concordia Libraries:
"Whoring Priests and Godly Citizens: Law, Morality, and Clerical Sexual Misconduct in Late Medieval London," in Local Identities in England 1400-1700, pp. 50-70, edited by Daniel Wolf and Norman Jones (Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
"Heresy, Orthodoxy, and English Vernacular Religion, 1480-1525," Past and Present, 186 (February 2005): 47-80. Open Access link:
"Place, Space, and Situation: Public and Private in the Making of Marriage in Late-Medieval London," Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, 79 (2004): 960-90. Link through Concordia Libraries: http://0-www.jstor.org.mercury.concordia.ca/stable/20463064
"Men and Masculinity in Late Medieval London Civic Culture: Governance, Patriarchy, and Reputation," in Conflicting Identities: Men in the Middle Ages, pp. 243-278, ed. Jacqueline Murray (New York: Garland Press, 1999).
" 'I will never have none against my father's will': Consent and the Making of Marriage in the Late Medieval Diocese of London," in Women, Marriage, and Family in Medieval Christendom: Essays in Memory of Michael M. Sheehan, C.S.B., pp. 153-74, ed. Joel T. Rosenthal and Constance M. Rousseau (Kalamazoo: University of Western Michigan Press, 1998).
"Jurors, Respectable Masculinity, and Christian Morality," Journal of British Studies 37 (1998): 269-278. Link through Concordia Libraries:
"Conceptualizing Difference: English Society in the Late Middle Ages," Journal of British Studies 36 (1997), 34-39. Link through Concordia Libraries:
"Literacy and the Gender Gap in the Late Middle Ages: Women and Reading in Lollard Communities," in Women, the Book and the Godly, 157-70, ed. Jane H.M. Taylor and Lesley Smith (Woodbridge, Suffolk: D.S. Brewer, 1995).
"Women and Lollardy: A Reassessment," Canadian Journal of History 26 (1991), 199-223.
“Apostasy, Sanctuary, and Spin: The Canons of Waltham and Sanctuary at St. Martin le Grand, 1430,” on Legal History Miscellany, 12 Jan. 2018, https://legalhistorymiscellany.com/2018/01/12/sanctuary-and-spin/
“Evil May Day, 1517: Prosecuting Anti-Immigrant Rioters in Tudor London,” on Legal History Miscellany, 30 Apr. 2017, https://legalhistorymiscellany.com/2017/04/30/evil-may-day-1517/