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Eleanor Barnett


I am an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at Christ's College, studying food and religion in the European Reformations, using Protestant England and Catholic Italy as case studies, c.1560- c. 1640. 

I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Warwick in 2015, and an MPhil in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge in 2016.

Research Interests

I approach the religious changes of the Reformations through 'lived religion', and am interested in how people understood and interacted with the material world in accordance with religious beliefs. My PhD project focuses on food as a uniquely ubiquitous and perishable aspect of the material world, asking how attitudes towards food and consumption practices played into early modern religious change. 

My research is based on a broad range of printed and archival sources in English and Italian, as well as material culture, and included a six month research trip to Italy.

I am also keen to explore new technologies and creatives mediums in order to present academic work to a public audience, and I am therefore involved in public history initiatives at Cambridge including the blog Doing History in Public

Research Supervision

I am supervised by Professor Craig Muldrew and Professor Ulinka Rublack. 


Part I: Paper 9 - British economic and social history, c. 1500-1750

Part II: Paper H - Seminar 'Food and Religion' 

Other Professional Activities

Editor at Doing History in Public 2015-7

Creator of 'Hidden History Maps' and Historical Recipes Blog 

Co-founder and convener of AHRC-funded interdisciplinary student group 'Cambridge Body and Food Histories' 2017-9

Graduate Digital Communications Coordinator for Early Modern History 2017-9

Postgraduate Pioneer 2017

Co-organiser of conference 'Food and Embodied Identities in the Early Modern and Modern World, c. 1500 - c. 2000' June 2018

Christ's College MCR, Ents Officer 2018-9


  • Early Modern History