Adrian is Chair in the History of Finance and Research Dean, Prosperity and Resilience.
Adrian is currently PI on the AHRC funded project, The People of 1381.
He is interested in the History of Finance and recently completed a major project funded by the Leverhulme Trust with Professor Chris Brooks and Dr Helen Killick. The project “The first real estate bubble: Land Prices and Rents in Medieval England c. 1200-1550” ran for three years from 2015. The project builds upon a previous project for Leverhume with Professor Chris Brooks and Dr Tony Moore on medieval foreign exchange. A previous major project for the ESRC with the same team investigated the early and innovative use of credit finance by a succession of English medieval monarchs (10.5255/UKDA-SN-6880-1) and an earlier ESRC project entitled “Modern Finance in the Middle Ages? Advance contracts for the supply of wool” (10.5255/UKDA-SN-5325-1).
Professor Bell also specialises in the Hundred Years War and his book, War and the Soldier in the Fourteenth Century, was published by Boydell and Brewer in Autumn 2004. In 2006 he was awarded a major grant from the AHRC (jointly with Professor Anne Curry, University of Southampton) to investigate “The Soldier in Later Medieval England” for more details see http://www.medievalsoldier.org/. The findings are outlined in a major work The Soldier in Later Medieval England, published by Oxford University Press (2013).
Adrian has also appeared on The Unexpected World of Business podcast to discuss football finance.
His working papers are available on SSRN at: http://ssrn.com/author=486048
Professor Bell frequently provides expert comment for media opportunities. Recent comments on COVID-19 include:
The soldier in later Medieval England : an online databaseProfessor Adrian Bell, Anne Curry, Adam Chapman, Andy King, David Simpkin
Languages in the military profession in later Medieval EnglandProfessor Adrian Bell, Anne Curry, Adam Chapman, Andy King, David Simpkin
New regime, new army? Henry IV's Scottish expedition of 1400Professor Adrian Bell, A. Curry, A. King, David Simpkin
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