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Eloise Davies

Eloise Davies
Cambridge CB2 1RD


I completed my History BA (2016) and 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.

From January to July 2019 I was based at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, for archival research. I will return to Venice in 2020, for further research funded by the Delmas Foundation.

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: Paolo Sarpi, early modern ideas of sovereignty, the Jacobean Anglican Church, civil and common law.

Research Supervision

I co-supervised 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, held 18 March 2019

Co-convenor of 'The Patristic Legacy in Early Modern Culture', conference to be held 30 September 2019


  • Early Modern History