Eloise Davies

PhD Candidate in Early Modern History

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 and the significance of Catherine of Siena as a political thinker.

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, and his chaplain, William Bedell.

From January to July 2019 I was based at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, for archival research. In February 2020 I visited Marsh's Library, Dublin, on a Maddock Research Fellowship. Later in 2020 I will return to Venice for further research funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Thesis title: The Venetian connection in early seventeenth-century England

Supervisor: Dr Richard Serjeantson

Themes: Paolo Sarpi, early modern understandings of sovereignty and civil religion, the Jacobean Church of England, civil and common law

Co-supervised an HSPS third-year dissertation on surveillance and the Venetian Council of Ten, 2018–19

  • Supervision for Part I: Paper 19/POL 7 – History of Political Thought to c. 1700
  • Lecturer and seminar leader, ‘Time’, Part II: Historical Argument and Practice
  • I have also taught a Methods class on essay writing (MPhil Political Thought and Intellectual History), a Source class on Religion (Part I: Paper 5 – British political history 1688-1886) and classes of 16–17 year olds at the Sutton Trust Summer School (August 2019 and August 2020)

Pieces for a broader audience include

I also co-presented 'Rome, Liberty, and Rhetoric', an interview with Dr Valentina Arena for Interventions: The Intellectual History Podcast.


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Peterhouse, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RD


Key publications

  • Eloise Davies, 'Catherine of Siena: a Dominican political thinker in fourteenth-century Italy', Renaissance Studies (forthcoming, 2020) – now available on Early View
  • Eloise Davies, 'English Politics and the Blasphemy Act of 1698', The English Historical Review (forthcoming, August 2020)