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Zoe Farrell


I completed my undergradute degree in History (with Italian) at the University of Warwick, before coming to Cambridge to complete my MPhil in Early Modern History. I am now a PhD candidate in the Faculty of History, funded by the Cambridge Trust. I work on material culture, artisans and transmission of Renaissance culture in Verona and the Veneto during the sixteenth century. I am supervised by Professor Mary Laven.

Research Interests

I am interested in the history of material culture, exchange and the working classes. I am also interested in cross-border flows of goods, particularly between Renaissance Italy and Germany.

My PhD research focuses on artisans and material culture in the city of Verona in the sixteenth century, with particular attention paid to domestic consumption and the exchange of goods throughout Northern Italy and Southern Europe. The major objective of this research is to understand how artisans in the city were involved in the production, trade and consumption of the material goods that made up the material culture of the Italian Renaissance.

Research Supervision

I am supervised by Professor Mary Laven.


  • Part I: Paper 16, European history, 1450-176
  • Part II: Paper 14, Material culture in the early modern world
  • Historical Argument in Practice

Other Professional Activities

  • Organiser of conference 'The Making of the "Making Classes"', May 2018


  • Early Modern History