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- United Kingdom
- University of Exeter
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- reformation, England, religion, protestantism, angels, ghosts, life-writing
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- About Me
- I am a historian of religious cultures in early modern England, investigating belief and practice during the ‘long’ Reformation c.1450-1700. My research relates to processes of religious change in their social and political contexts, and could be described as a social history of theology. I am particularly interested in life-writing, beliefs associated with/theological perspectives on the supernatural (principally angels and ghosts), and patterns of disenchantment and re-enchantment.
My first book was on belief about angels and how this changed during the period of the English Reformation and I also co-edited a guide to understanding and working with sixteenth- and seventeenth-century primary sources. My latest research is on early modern diaries and life-writing, and is currently focused around the archive of the pious antiquarian and protestant diarist Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725).
I am one of four co-authors of the many-headed monster blog https://manyheadedmonster.wordpress.com/, which explores early modern religious and social themes as well as many other aspects of the discipline of history.
- Recent Publications
- Laura Sangha, ‘The Social, Personal and Spiritual Dynamics of Ghost Stories in Early Modern England’, The Historical Journal (in press).
Laura Sangha, ‘Ralph Thoresby and Individual Devotion in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England’, Historical Research, 19.25 (2019).
Laura Sangha, Angels and Belief in England, 1400-1700 (London, 2012).
Laura Sangha & Jonathan Willis (eds), Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources (London, 2016).
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- Country Focus
- Expertise by Geography
- United Kingdom
- Expertise by Chronology
- Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
- Expertise by Topic
- Higher Ed, Religion