Herbert's teaching and research
Herbert studied history, philosophy and politics at the universities of Trier (Germany) and Stirling. He took his MA and PhD under the supervision of Franz Irsigler at Trier. His PhD on the English Peasants' Revolt of 1381 was published in 1995 (in German). Some of his findings on the Revolt in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk have been presented to English speaking audiences in articles published in History 83 (1998), in the English Historical Review 114 (1999), in a Festschrift for Stuart Jenks (2008) and in a conference volume on The Fighting Essex Soldier (2017).
In 2003 he joined the Victoria County History of Essex as Assistant Editor. He co-edited VCH Essex Volume XI (2012), to which he contributed articles on 'The Resorts between the Wars' and 'The Resorts 1945 to c. 1970'. For Volume XII (forthcoming) he researched the history of the parishes of Great Holland, Little Holland and Frinton.
Herbert's main research interests are medieval and early modern social and economic history. Before joining the VCH Essex, he worked as a Research Assistant in Germany in projects on the history of money (1250-1750), the history of witchcraft (1550-1700), and the history of international trade fairs (1250-1550). He has published a range of articles in these fields and edited two volumes of international conferences on witch trials. From 2012 to 2014 he was a Research Assistant in the AHRC-DFG funded project 'Pauper Letters and Petitions for Poor Relief in Germany and Great Britain, 1770–1914'. He also taught medieval history and 'Geschichtliche Landeskunde' (regional historical studies) at the University of Trier, and has undertaken postgraduate teaching at the University of Essex and the IHR.
From October 2019 Herbert is a Research Assistant on the AHRC funded project, ‘The People of 1381’.