Abigail Gomulkiewicz

PhD Candidate in History
I completed a joint-degree programme at the University of St Andrews and the College of William and Mary (USA), and an MPhil in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge in 2015-2016. My MPhil research used over 10,000 Elizabethan Essex wills to analyze religious materiality and belief.



I am now a PhD candidate, supervised by Professor Ulinka Rublack, studying Elizabethan aristocratic society through the clothing and accessories of William Cecil and his household. My research combines extant objects, written materials, and historical reconstruction.
I am interested in a variety of topics including: early modern material culture, clothing, reconstruction, materiality, aristocratic culture, religious objects, William Cecil, the Burghley family, and wills as a source material.
Part I: Paper 4 - British political history, 1485-1714

Part I: Paper 9 - British economic and social history, c. 1500-1750

Part II: Paper 14: Material culture in the early modern world

I also lecture and supervise selected topics for HAP, especially Memory.

Key publications

Abigail Gomulkiewicz, 'Religious Materiality in Elizabethan Essex (1558-1603),' Material Religion (2020): https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17432200.2020.175