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Philippa Carter

Philippa Carter

PhD candidate in Early Modern History


Philippa Carter is a third-year PhD candidate in History, supervised by Professor Alexandra Walsham and advised by Professor Lauren Kassell. Her research centres on the intersections between medicine, religion, and natural philosophy in Europe, c. 1400-1650. Her PhD thesis examines understandings of mental illness in early modern England, with a focus on the disease state known as ‘frenzy'.

Research Interests

Reformation studies; British social and cultural history; the social history of medicine; the history of emotions; the visual and material culture of the Reformation; early print and manuscript culture; medieval and early modern historiography. 


Part I, Paper 9, British Economic and Social History, c.1500-1750. 

Part II, Specified Subject Paper 11, Early Modern Medicine. 

Other Professional Activities

Research Assistant on the ‘Reading Early Medicine’ project, directed by Professor Mary Fissell and Dr Elaine Leong, funded by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. September-December 2019.

Research Assistant to Professor Lauren Kassell, providing historical consultation on Nyamyam’s ‘Astrologaster’, an interactive game based on the career of the Elizabethan astrologer-physician Simon Forman, released online 2 May 2019.

Curator and transcriber of ‘Frenzy’, in Selected Cases in Full from Simon Forman and Richard Napier’s Medical Records, released online 25 January 2019.



  • Medieval British History
  • Economic, Social History
  • Early Modern History