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Malcolm Mercer

Malcolm Mercer is Curator of Tower History at the Royal Armouries Museum, based at the Tower of London.


Malcolm Mercer is a specialist in late medieval English history. He came to the Royal Armouries from Canterbury Cathedral Archives where he was Senior Research Archivist. During his time there he worked extensively on the early modern records of the city’s law courts.

However, his expertise in the medieval records of central government and the common law courts was developed principally at The National Archives. In his role as Senior Medieval Records Specialist he worked on a wide range of cataloguing projects and initiatives that facilitated much greater access to users.

Malcolm’s principal research interests are centred upon late medieval political culture, particularly the fifteenth century gentry. He has published a number of articles on the nature of Lancastrian loyalty and is currently completing a monograph on gentry motivation and behaviour during the Wars of the Roses.

Malcolm sits on the Council of the List & Index Society, closely associated with The National Archives, which has a long established tradition of publishing lists, texts, and editions of manuscripts for the wider historical community. He is also a former Millenium History Fellow of the Société Jersiaise.


‘The artillery train of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, 1640’, The Irish Sword XXVIII (Summer, 2011), 11-23
‘Political Society, 1461-1509’ in Later Medieval Kent, 1220-1540 (Boydell & Brewer, 2010)
‘Exchequer Malpractice in Late Medieval Ireland: a petition from Christopher Fleming, Lord Slane, 1438’, Irish Historical Studies (2009)
‘The Strength of Lancastrian Loyalism during the Readeption: Gentry Participation at the Battle of Tewkesbury’ in the Journal of Medieval Military History V (Boydell & Brewer, 2007)
‘The Administration of the Cinque Ports in the Early Lancastrian Period’ in People, Places and Perspectives: Essays on Later Medieval & Early Modern England in Honour of Ralph A Griffiths, eds., P. W. Fleming & K. Dockray (Stroud, 2005)
‘Sir Thomas Fane’ in the New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004)
‘A Forgotten Kentish Rebellion, September-October 1470’ Archaeologia Cantiana 122 (2002)
‘Lancastrian Loyalism in Kent during the Wars of the Roses’, Archaeologia Cantiana 119 (1999)
‘Driven to Rebellion: Sir John Lewknor, Dynastic Loyalty and Debt’, Sussex Archaeological Collections 137 (1999)
‘Lancastrian Loyalism in the South-West: The Case of the Beauforts’, Southern History 19 (1997)
‘Sir Richard Clement, Ightham Mote and Local Disorder in the Early Tudor Period’, Archaeologia Cantiana 115 (1995)

The Medieval Gentry: Power, Leadership and Choice during the Wars of the Roses (Continuum, 2010)
Henry V: The Rebirth of Chivalry (Treasures from The National Archives, 2004)