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First Name
Esther Liberman
Last Name
University of Houston-Victoria
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medieval, medieval history, england, britain, medieval england, medieval britain, medievalism, popular culture, urban history, legal history, pedagogy, digital humanities
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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Houston-Victoria and a historian of medieval and early modern Britain. I received a PhD in History from Fordham University. My current book project, The Making of Urban Law in Medieval and Reformation Britain, focuses on the development of law in British towns from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.

My research interests include the history of medieval Britain, law, urbanization, and medievalism (i.e., the middle ages in popular culture), and my teaching interests vary widely, ranging from medieval and modern Europe to global history, gender, and film.

I am currently working on articles dealing with (1) secrecy and the regulation of information in pre- and post-Reformation towns in Britain, (2) the concept of “bad custom” in urban law, (3) the medievalisms of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,”  and (4) the global cosmos in space films from 1997 to 2019.

Recent Publications


“‘The Rains of Castamere’: Medievalism, Popular Culture, and the Music of Game of Thrones,” in Popular Music.

“Women and the Significance of Gender in the Borough Courts of Colchester before the Black Death,” forthcoming in The Local Historian.

Most recent

“A Medieval Mother Tries Distance Learning,” The Paris Review (September 17, 2020):

“Medievalism, Nationalism, and European Studies: New Approaches in Digital Pedagogy,” EuropeNow Special Issue: Imagining, Thinking, and Teaching Europe (June 2020), 

“Historical Malapropism and the Medieval Blood Libel in American Politics,” Studies in Medievalism 29 (2020): 3-12

“Borough Court Cases as Legal Precedent in English Town Custumals,” in Town Courts and Urban Society in Late Medieval England, 1250-1550, eds. Richard Goddard and Teresa Phipps, 43-59. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2019.

“Town Clerks and the Authorship of Custumals in Medieval England,” Urban History 46, no. 2 (2019): 180-201.

“Omeka and Other Digital Platforms for Undergraduate Research Projects on the Middle Ages,” co-authored with Maryanne Kowaleski, Digital Medievalist11, no. 1 (2018): 1-21.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Law, Local & Regional, Pedagogy, Politics, Urban History