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Eloise Davies

Eloise Davies
Cambridge CB2 1RD


I completed both a History BA (2016) and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History (2017) at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Research projects included work on blasphemy legislation in 1690s England, the use of Augustine to legitimise early Florentine humanism and the significance of Saint Catherine of Siena as a political thinker.

Research Interests

Thesis title: The Venetian connection in English intellectual life in the early seventeenth century

Supervisor: Dr Richard Serjeantson

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.

Research Supervision

I am co-supervising an HSPS third-year dissertation on surveillance and the Venetian Council of Ten.


I teach Pol 7/Paper 19 (History of Political Thought to c.1700).

Other Professional Activities

Seminar Assistant, Cambridge Political Thought and Intellectual History Seminar, 2017-18

Co-convenor, Theories and Methods Graduate Workshop, 2017-18

Founder and co-convenor of the Cambridge Spoken Latin Circle (AHRC-funded reading group), 2018-19

Co-convernor of a series of Women's History Lunches, to encourage female participation in the history of political thought, 2018–19

Co-convenor of 'The Body and Politics', 2019 Cambridge Political Thought Graduate Conference, to be held 18 March 2019


  • Early Modern History