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Philippa Carter

Philippa Carter

Department: History

Supervisor: Professor Alexandra Walsham

College: Trinity Hall

AHRC subject area: History

Title of thesis: Traversing the boundary between the passions and pathology in England c. 1425-1625


Philippa Carter is a first-year PhD student in Early Modern History, supervised by Professor Alexandra Walsham and advised by Dr Lauren Kassell. Her research centres on the intersections between medicine, religion, natural philosophy, and moral philosophy in Europe, c. 1400-1650. Her Masters dissertation looked at understandings of skin, gender and sexuality in fifteenth-century English household miscellanies. Her PhD thesis examines the relationship between ‘diseases of mind’ and the passions, with a specific focus on the extreme behavioural states referred to as ‘frenzy’, 'mania', and 'rage'. 

Research Interests

Reformation studies; British social and cultural history; the social history of medicine; the history of emotions; the visual and material culture of the Reformation; early print and manuscript culture; medieval and early modern historiography.