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Francesca Farnell

History, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Women and the Supernatural: Agency, and Oppression at the Intersection of Gender and Religion in Reformation England

Research Area

  • History


  • '“Is This Sara, or the Devil That Speaketh These Words?”: Sounding Out Women as Demoniacs in Sixteenth-Century England', Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1 (2022)



  • ‘Narratives of ‘the Superennial Fast’: Women’s Dietary Abstinence in Seventeenth-Century England’, Food and Religion in Early-Modern Europe International Conference, Lille, June 2023


Public Engagement & Impact

Other Research Interests

As a student of early modern History, I am naturally drawn to popular religious belief as well as social and cultural histories of this period. I also remain interested in the study of gender beyond early modernity. Informed by this, a significant interest of mine is the body as an historical subject, from both a material and cultural standpoint. I am also drawn to the notion of power relations and structures, particularly that of class in both the modern and pre-modern world. 

Awards and Funding

June 2022: Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence Commendation

2021-2: Joint winner of Warwick's HRC Doctoral Fellowship Competition

2020-24: Midlands4Cities AHRC Doctoral Studentship Award

2019-20: Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme

June 2019: Dr Greg Wells Undergraduate Final Year Essay Prize

Academic Profile

2020-2024: PhD, History, University of Warwick

2019-2020: MA, Early Modern History, University of Warwick

2016-2019: BA, History, University of Warwick