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Philippa Carter

Philippa Carter

PhD candidate in Early Modern History


Philippa Carter is a first-year PhD student in Early Modern History, supervised by Professor Alexandra Walsham and advised by Professor Lauren Kassell. Her research centres on the intersections between medicine, religion, natural philosophy, and moral philosophy in Europe, c. 1400-1650. Her Masters dissertation looked at understandings of skin, gender and sexuality in fifteenth-century English household miscellanies. Her PhD thesis examines the relationship between ‘diseases of mind’ and the passions, with a specific focus on the extreme behavioural states referred to as ‘frenzy’, 'mania', and 'rage'. 

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

Convenor of 'Casebooks Therapy': a fortnightly sourced-based palaeography reading group, working with the casebooks of the Elizabethan astrologer-physicians Richard Napier and Simon Forman. 


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