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Eleanor Barnett


I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Warwick, and an MPhil in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge in 2016. I am now an AHRC-funded PhD candidate studying food and its links to religion in the European Reformations, using England and Italy as case studies, c.1560-1640. 

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. 

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

Other Professional Activities

Editor at Doing History in Public 

Creator of 'Hidden History Maps'

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

Graduate Digital Communications Coordinator for Early Modern History 

Postgraduate Pioneer 2017


  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

'Commemorative Funerary Monuments in Reformation Bristol, c.1490-1640', Reinvention 8 (2), 2015