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Imogen Knox

History, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

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

My project 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


Media and Public (Dis)order Warwick/Dresden early modernists workshop report (co authored with Felipe Mello), April 2021

The devil will tear me in pieces’: Self-destruction and sympathy in a seventeenth-century witchcraft case, The Many Headed Monster (2021)

‘Some choice directions’: John Prince and early modern suicide advice literature, Social History Society Research Exchange (2021)


Public Engagement & Impact

TBC project as part of the Amazing Women showcase, Coventry City of Culture, March 2022

Assistant on Dr Martha McGill's British Academy Summer Showcase exhibit, 16th June 2021 - watch the recording back here

'Early Modern Witchcraft Belief'Wide Atlantic Weird podcast, 24th April 2021

Ecclesiastical History Society Twitter takeover, 9th-11th April 2021

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.


Early Career Member, The Royal Historical Society

History Lab, Institute of Historical Research network for postgraduate students

Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Centre, University of Warwick

Centre for the History of Medicine, 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.


Warwick PG History Conference co-convener, University of Warwick (2021)

The Supernatural: Sites of Suffering in the Pre-Modern World co-organiser (with Francesca Farnell), HRC funded conference, University of Warwick (2021-2022)

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

Co-Publicity and Co-IT officer, The Hidden in Performance, Visual, and Literary Culture Conference (Jan 2021 - Sept 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)

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

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

Additional Activities and Achievements

HRC Doctoral Fellow (2021-2022)

Co-Winner of Warwick Venture into Business Engagement (2021)

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