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Imogen Knox

History, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Suicide, Self-Harm, and the Supernatural in Britain, 1560-1735

My doctoral research explores the ways in which early modern people expressed and enacted feelings of suicide and self harm in supernatural narratives. These narratives provide an insight into how individuals conceptualised and negotiated suicidal ideation during a time where the act of suicide was not only criminal, but caused eternal damnation.

Research Area

  • History


  • 'Enemy of the self: the supernatural and self destruction in early modern Britain', Enemies in the Early Modern World 1453-1789: Conflict, Culture and Control, University of Edinburgh, March 2021
  • 'Sharp objects, self-harm and the supernatural in early modern Britain', Newberry Library Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, 9th February 2021
  • 'Sex and Satan in the early modern household', Sexual Knowledge Symposium, University of Exeter, 17th June 2019

Other Research Interests

Beyond the early modern mental landscape and the supernatural, I am interested in early modern religion more broadly. I am particularly interested in the lived experience of early modern children, their religious upbringing, and the material culture of the home.


History Lab, Institute of Historical Research network for postgraduate students

Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Centre, University of Warwick


I previously completed my MA and BA History degrees at the University of Exeter. My MA dissertation, supervised by Professor Jonathan Barry, constitued a primlinary survey of my PhD topic, focussing on England. My BA dissertation, 'Bewitched Children in Late Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England' was supervised by Dr Laura Sangha.

Additional Activities and Achievements

History PGR Work in Progress seminar co-convener, University of Warwick (2020-2021)

History Department Research Committee PGR Rep, University of Warwick (2020-2021)

History Department Rep, University of Warwick (2020-2021)

History PGT Rep, University of Exeter (2018-2019)

Dean's Commendation for Exceptional Achievement, University of Exeter (2019)

History Department Athena Swan Student Rep, University of Exeter (2017-2019)

Dean's Commendation for Contribution to Life of the Department, University of Exeter (2018)

Academic Undergraduate Rep of the Year, University of Exeter (2018)

History Third Year and Social Media Rep, University of Exeter (2017-2018)