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Eloise Davies

Eloise Davies

Department: History

Supervisor: Dr Richard Serjeantson

College: Peterhouse

AHRC subject area: History

Title of thesis: The Venetian connection in English intellectual life in the early seventeenth century


I completed my BA (History) and MPhil (Political Thought and Intellectual History) at Peterhouse, Cambridge, 2013-17. As an undergraduate, I was especially interested in eighteenth-century England, writing a dissertation on 'The Blasphemy Act of 1698' under the supervision of Dr Matt Neal, which was jointly awarded the History of Parliament Dissertation Prize 2016. My MPhil research was focussed on fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Italy: with Dr Richard Serjeantson I investigated the use of the language of Saint Augustine to legitimise early Florentine humanism, and with Dr Annabel Brett explored the neglected political impact of the Dominican Observants and Saint Catherine of Siena. 

My PhD research investigates intellectual connections between England and Venice in the seventeenth century, with a particular focus on the circles of three-times ambassador to Venice, Sir Henry Wotton.

Research interests related to my PhD: Paolo Sarpi, early modern ideas of sovereignty, the Jacobean Anglican Church; civil and common law.

From January to July 2019 I will be away from Cambridge for archival research, based at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice.

Other academic interests:

 Latin as a spoken language, gender and the history of political thought.