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First Name
Last Name
University of York
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early modern England, family, domestic life, gender, health, medicine, care-giving, recipe books, letters, correspondence, seventeenth century, eighteenth century, social history
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About Me

I am currently a History PhD student at the University of York. I completed my BA at Durham University in 2016, and my dissertation on seventeenth-century laywomen’s medical recipes received the ‘Undergraduate Dissertation of the Year’ award from the Royal Historical Society and History Today magazine. An article based on this dissertation was published in History Today in April 2018. I received an MA in Early Modern History from York in 2017; my thesis examined seventeenth-century marital ‘cruelty’ in the city’s church courts.

My PhD project is provisionally titled ‘Social Dynamics and the Management of Sickness and Healthcare Elite English Households, c. 1650-1750’. It explores how sickness and healthcare intersected with identity, power dynamics, order and negotiations of authority within gentry households, and is primarily based on personal correspondence.

Recent Publications

“Recipes for Success: how women shared medical knowledge in the seventeenth century”, History Today magazine, Vol. 68, 4 (April 2018)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
3, 4
Expertise by Topic
Family, Medicine, Women