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Mark Arvanigian


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Office: Social Science 121


Office phone: 559-278-2297


Ph.D. - University of Durham (2001)
MA - California State University, Fresno (1993)
BA - California State University, Fresno (1991)

Fall 2023

Course Days/Times
HIST 5 - European Civilization TTH 9:30 - 10:45 am
HIST 122 - Medieval Culture TTH 2:00 - 3:15 pm
HIST 220T - Church, State, and Crusade in England and Europe M 6:00 - 8:50 pm

Spring 2024

Course Days/Times
HIST 5 - European Civilization MWF 9:00 - 9:50 am
HIST 121 - Medieval Europe MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am
HIST 150 - Early England TTH 2:00-3:15 pm

  • Medieval and early-modern English politics and political culture
  • Landed economy and society
  • Political ideas and their expression
  • War and finance
  • Aristocratic and gentry cultures
  • Religious and intellectual history of later medieval England


Ralph Neville & the Governance of England, 1367-1425 (Book manuscript under contract with Brill).

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Henry V and the North." Reign of Henry V, ed. G. Dodd (Woodbridge [UK], 2012).

"A County Community or the Politics of the Nation? Border Service and Baronial Influence in the Palatinate of Durham, 1377-1413." Historical Research (Journal of the Institute of Historical Research, London), vol. 81: no. 151 (2009), pp. 41-61.

"Managing the North in the Reign of Henry IV, 1402-1408." The Reign of Henry IV: Rebellion and Survival, 1403-1413, ed. D. Biggs and G. Dodd (Woodbridge, 2008).

"Regional Politics, Landed Society and the Coal Industry in North-East England, 1350-1430." Fourteenth Century England, 4 (2006), pp. 175-91.

"The Durham Gentry and the Scottish March, 1370-1400: County Service in Late Medieval England," Northern History, 42: 2 (2005), pp. 259-75.

"'Lancastrianization' of the North in the Reign of Henry IV, 1399-1413," in Reputation and Representation in Later Medieval England, ed. D. Biggs, A.C. Reeves and S. Michalove (Leiden, The Netherlands, 2004), pp. 9-38.

"A Lancastrian Polity? John of Gaunt, John Neville and the War with France, 1368-1388," Fourteenth Century England, 3 (2004), pp. 121-42.

"Henry IV, the Northern Nobility, and the Consolidation of the Regime," in Reign of Henry IV: The Establishment of the Regime, ed. G. Dodd and D.L. Biggs, (Woodbridge, 2003), pp. 117-38.

"Landed Society and the Governance of the North in the Later Middle Ages: The Case of Sir Ralph Eure," Medieval Prosopography, 22 (2001), pp. 65-87.

“Regional Society and National Politics: The Rise of the Lancastrian North,” Regions and Regionalism: Essays in Honour of A.J. Pollard, ed. Peter Fleming (Boydell & Brewer, 2016).

“Richard II, the Beauforts and the Political Crisis of 1397,” awaiting ed. decision, Historical Research (IHR, London).

“Public Life, Private Power, and the Origins of a Distinct Lancastrian Political Culture,” article in revision for Fourteenth-Century England (VIII), 2016.


  • Western Civilization to 1688
  • Western Civilization since 1688
  • U.S. History to 1877
  • U.S. History since 1877
  • Historical Methods and Writing
  • Europe in the Middle Ages
  • Medieval Culture
  • Medieval History in Film
  • Later Medieval English Culture and Society
  • British History through Literature and Film
  • Europe in the Renaissance
  • Reformation Europe
  • Great Figures from the British Past
  • Great Figures in European History
  • England from Chaucer to Shakespeare
  • England to 1485
  • England and Empire
  • Readings in Medieval History


  • Historiography -- Medieval and Early-modern historians, writers, and traditions
  • Ancient and Medieval Historiography
  • The Hundred Years' War
  • France, England and the making of the State
  • Tudor England
  • English Political Society in the Later Middle Ages
  • Late Antiquity: Rome, Byzantium, and the West
  • Shakespeare's Kings: England in the Age of Richard II and Henry IV
  • France and England in the Later Middle Ages
  • England under the Three Edwards
  • Research and Readings in Medieval History

Honors College:

  • Honors Introduction to Ancient and Medieval
  • Emerging Voices after Colonialism: Revolution in Theory, Revolution in Practice

I am finishing a project on the dukes of Lancaster and the political culture they nurtured, and am writing a book-length manuscript on politics and landed society in the north of England for Brill. I am also starting work on a book-length study of kingship, nobility and the political culture of England in the late middle ages.