Dr James Davis was an undergraduate at the University of Durham and a postgraduate at the University of Cambridge, completing a PhD on retail trade and market culture in late medieval England. He was appointed to his present post of Lecturer in Medieval History at Queen's University Belfast in September 2005. Dr Davis’s main research interests focus upon medieval social and economic history, particularly medieval English towns, markets and trade. He has been examining the market culture of medieval England through a variety of literary and legal sources and is presently preparing a monograph on this subject. He has also worked and published on the early-Reformation heretical book trade.