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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: Venice, England and seventeenth-century conceptions of the state

Supervisor: Dr Richard Serjeantson

My PhD research investigates intellectual connections between England and Venice in the seventeenth century, with a particular focus on Paolo Sarpi's ideas of sovereignty.

Research interests related to my PhD: the biographies of Sir Henry Wotton and William Bedell; the Jacobean Anglican Church; Roman law; canon law; English common law; Venetian rule in the Adriatic; John Seldon; Thomas Hobbes.


I supervise 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

Founding Secretary of the Cambridge Spoken Latin Circle, 2018


  • Early Modern History