Dr Michael Frederick Roberts

MA (Oxon) DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Michael Frederick Roberts


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Dr Michael Roberts MA, DPhil (Oxon) has supervised MPhil and PhD students across a wide range of early modern topics, including embroidery and its communication of women's ideas; the lives of single women who worked their own farms; Quakerism in Wales and the borders; Robin Hood ballads and popular culture; crime and society in the 17th and 18th-centuries; and several local community studies.



Michael specialises in the social and economic history of early modern Britain, especially the history of work, in historiography, heritage, the use of visual images and literary texts in historical representation, and in the history of women and gender. He edited with Simone Clarke, a former Ph.D student, Women and Gender in Early Modern Wales (2000), which also included his own study of masculinity in Wales, and contributed articles on 'The Annales School'; 'Women's History and Gender History'; and 'Postmodernism and the Linguistic Turn' to Making History: An Introduction to the History and Practices of a Discipline (ed. Peter Lambert and Phillipp Schofield, 2004).

My work has also included a study of William Richards' notorious mock travel guide, Wallography (1682) in Simon Mealor and Philip Schwyzer (eds.), Archipelagic Identities: Writing Nation and Region in the Early Modern British Isles (2004); a study of harvest work, wages and symbolic meanings in Penelope Lane, Neil Raven and Keith Snell (eds.), Women, Work and Wages in England, 1600-1850 (2004) and the Afterword on marital economy and its absence from the prehistory of Economics in Britain in Maria ?gren and Amy Erickson (eds.), The Marital Economy in Scandinavia and Britain, 1400-1900 (2005). My current work concerns (i) a number of inter-related studies of 'Cambro-Britons' who made a significant contribution to the re-shaping of British political culture after the Acts of Union of 1536-43, including Catrin of Berain, Rice Vaughan, and William Vaughan; and (ii) a study of wage-work Making the Wage Visible.


Recovering a lost inheritance: The marital economy and its absence from the Prehistory of Economics in BritainRoberts, M. 2005 The Marital Economy in Scandinavia and Britain 1400-1900.Taylor & Francis, p. 239-25618 p.
Sickles and Scythes revisited: Harvest work, wages and symbolic meaningsRoberts, M. 2004 Women, Work and Wages in England, 1600-1850. Lane, P., Raven, N. & Snell, K. (eds.). Boydell & Brewer, p. 68-10134 p.
'A Witty Book, but mostly feigned': William Richards' Wallography and perceptions of Wales in later seventeenth-century EnglandRoberts, M. F. 2004 Archipelagic Identities: Literature and identity in the Atlantic Archipelago, 1550-1800. Schwyzer, P. & Mealor, S. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 153-16513 p.