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Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Jamie Page

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (Late Medieval and Early Modern European History) in the Department of History

Contact Dr Jamie Page (email at jamie.page@durham.ac.uk)

Jamie Page is a historian of late medieval Germany and Switzerland and works primarily on the areas of gender, sexuality, and crime. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on prostitution in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century German and Swiss cities, for which he examined the issue of prostitutes’ subjectivity through the lens of criminal trial documents from the imperial free cities of Zurich, Nördlingen, and Augsburg, as well as in fictional depictions of prostitutes and brothels in literary texts. This work is currently in the process of being converted to a monograph and an additional article, the latter on masculinity and the municipal brothel in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century fictional texts.

Jamie’s current primary research activity is a three-year project as part of an Early Career Fellowship sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust examining the phenomenon of honour in everyday urban life and government in the late Middle Ages, with the city of Zurich as a case study. The principal resources for this project are the judicial registers of the city council court (Ratsgericht) held in the Zurich canton archives. This will result in a second monograph and another article, the latter on family feuding and sexual assault in Zurich criminal cases.

Jamie has also been heavily involved for a number of years in the establishment of a collective of scholars from Europe, Australia and the USA who meet yearly at the Leeds International Medieval Congress to present work on medieval crime and justice. This on-going collaboration will result in one further conference devoted to this area and in a published collection of essays. 

Other activities

Consultant and interviewee on television documentary “Käufliche Liebe im Mittelalter. Wie Wanderhuren wirklich lebten” for SAT. 1 (Bilderfest GmbH), aired 2012.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Crime, justice, and law
  • Late medieval Germany and Switzerland
  • Medieval German popular literature, primarily comic texts
  • Prostitution
  • Sexuality and gender

Selected Publications

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