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Alice O'Driscoll

Alice O'Driscoll

PhD Candidate, History Faculty

Jesus College
Cambridge CB5 8BL


I completed both my BA in History (2015) and MA in Historical Research (2016) at the University of Sheffield before moving to Jesus College to undertake doctoral research.

Research Interests

My thesis, supervised by Dr Clare Jackson at Trinity Hall, investigates the experiences of women under siege during the constellation of conflicts which comprised the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. It examines various aspects of life for besieged women: the economic (im)practicalities of governing a household; military strategy and operations; propaganda and epistolary combat; sexual violence; and the intersection of gender and religious identities. By examining an eclectic collection of seventeenth-century source material – including diaries, correspondence, newsbooks, court martial records, art, literature, depositions, and petitions – I am looking to recover the details of women’s activities under siege. I am also, however, interested in the status occupied by the highly gendered allegorical siege in the early modern conceptual corpus.

My other research interests include: early modern marriage; domestic violence; the body; modern labour history.


Historical Argument and Practice: Gender

Part I, Paper 9: British Economic and Social History 1500-1750

Other Professional Activities

I convene the AHRC-funded Writing Women in History 1400-2000 reading group

I sit on the CUSU Women's Campaign committee as Graduate Representative 

In summer 2019, I will be working at the British Library, developing their online women's history resources and designing a digital map of the history of women's activism in the UK.



  • Military History
  • British social history c.1600-1850
  • Early Modern History